Originally Sent: 12/17/2013

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
December 17, 2013
   
    
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10
   

Grinches in Ohio want to steal homeschool freedom. We will fight them. Meanwhile, Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Michael P. Farris

  1. Worst-Ever Homeschool Law Proposed
  2. Common Core on the Ropes
  3. Cradle to Grave—The D.C. Solution
  4. County Seeks Scope and Sequence, Additional Form
  5. HSLDA Video Series: Strength Together
  6. School Admits Homeschool Grad after HSLDA Letter
  7. College Admission Problem Resolved
  8. Home School Heartbeat: 2013 in Review
  9. HSF Ambassador Program Helps Newborn
  10. Art Contest: Have Fun with Art over the Holidays!
  11. Teaching High School: Blessings in Giving
  12. Convention of States Launches Scholarship Program
  13. PHC Prep: Building a Strong Foundation for College
  14. Event: Religious Liberty and our Constitution
  15. Calling Homeschool Young Scientists: Special Invitation

1. Ohio: Worst-Ever Homeschool Law Proposed

With the introduction of Senate Bill 248 on December 3, Ohio has suddenly become a frontline in the battle over homeschooling freedom. Read more >>

2. Common Core on the Ropes

As more parents, educators, and policy makers find out the truth about the Common Core, freedom-loving Americans are pushing back against this latest top-down boondoggle to “reform” education. Read more >>

3. Cradle to Grave—The D.C. Solution

The latest attempt by D.C. to require toddlers to attend school not only undermines parental rights but could harm children. Read more >>

4. Virginia: County Seeks Scope and Sequence, Additional Form

Home School Legal Defense Association helped a homeschool family when a local school system official insisted that our notice of intent form didn’t provide enough information. Read more >>

5. HSLDA Video Series: Strength Together

Strength Together

Want to achieve your homeschooling goals and tackle challenges head on? Take an inspiring look at the strength that comes when homeschoolers join together: Rudy Hugo, president of New York State Loving Education at Home, shares his passion for helping homeschooling families thrive and get involved. Watch now! >>

6. School Admits Homeschool Grad after HSLDA Letter

A Minnesota school that provides technical training agreed to accept a homeschool graduate after being contacted by HSLDA. Read more >>

7. New York: College Admission Problem Resolved

After obtaining a letter from her local school district that she had complied with New York homeschool law a young woman was disappointed to face a roadblock from the local community college. Read more >>

8. Home School Heartbeat: 2013 in Review

2013 The Year in Review

On this week’s Home School Heartbeat, hosts Mike Farris and Mike Smith give an update on some of 2013’s victories and challenges for homeschoolers. Read more >>

9. HSF Ambassador Program Helps Newborn

The Home School Foundation’s Texas ambassador rallied her local community to come to the aid of a homeschooling family when their newborn was hospitalized for nearly a month with a serious respiratory illness. Read more >>

10. Art Contest: Have Fun with Art over the Holidays!

HSLDA’s annual art contest will be opening January 1, so the holidays are a perfect time to relax from core curriculum and let your kids have fun exploring their artistic side! Guidelines and entry form >>

11. Teaching High School: Blessings in Giving

Christmas! It evokes so many memories of blessings and gifts. This year is another opportunity to serve others, to give to family as well as those less fortunate, and to show the face of God to those who cross your paths. Are you looking for gift ideas or traditions to pass along to the next generation? Look no further than a high school newsletter on “It’s More Blessed to Give Than to Receive.” Read it online >>

12. Convention of States Launches Scholarship Program

Students can enter videos and graphics for a chance to win $250 in monthly contests being sponsored by the Convention of States Project. The competition culminates in a $7,500 scholarship round in April. Read more >>

13. PHC Prep: Building a Strong Foundation for College

Watch Dr. Frank Guliuzza, academic dean at Patrick Henry College and master teacher at PHC Prep Academy, talk about what characterizes a well-prepared high school student entering college. This spring, your student could attend live online lectures with Dr. Guliuzza in our AP U.S. Government and Politics course. Sign up by January 10, 2014 and help your student get ready for college now! Watch the video >>

14. Event: Religious Liberty and our Constitution

Join HSLDA’s friends at the Family Research Council December 19 at noon, for an event about the upcoming Supreme Court case of Town of Greece v. Galloway. Participants will learn about the Constitution’s Establishment Clause, and how this upcoming case could affect faith in the public square. The event will be held on site in Washington, D.C., and also online via a live webcast. For more information and to register >>

15. Calling Homeschool Young Scientists: Special Invitation

Homeschool students are encouraged to participate in the USA Science and Engineering festival coming to Washington in April. Read more >>

   

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