Originally Sent: 1/14/2014

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
January 14, 2014
   
    
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10
   

The battle to preserve First Amendment rights continues.
Michael P. Farris

  1. IRS Attempts to Muzzle Organizations from Talking About Politics
  2. Home School Heartbeat: Kicked Out of the Maternity Ward
  3. Superintendent Says Homeschoolers Must Show Equivalent Instruction
  4. Bills Would Change Access to Public School Classes
  5. Foundation Program Eases Cancer Recovery
  6. Student Art Contest Awards Cash for Creativity

1. IRS Attempts to Muzzle Organizations from Talking About Politics

HSLDA needs your help to protect free speech! Please tell federal officials you oppose a proposed rule that would restrict HSLDA and similar organizations from discussing certain political topics during election season. Read more >>

2. Home School Heartbeat: Kicked Out of the Maternity Ward

Kicked out of the maternity ward.

Jodi Ferris gave birth in a hospital parking lot and was forced to stay outside as hospital staff took her baby away without explanation. How could this happen? Listen in, on this week’s Home School Heartbeat. Read more >>

3. Connecticut: Superintendent Says Homeschoolers Must Show Equivalent Instruction

Home School Legal Defense Association helped resolve a situation where a school district issued instructions for a year-end portfolio that were contrary to state guidelines. Read more >>

4. Wisconsin: Bills Would Change Access to Public School Classes

Three bills pending in the Wisconsin Legislature would change homeschoolers’ access to public school classes. Read more >>

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5. Foundation Program Eases Cancer Recovery

Ambassadors with the Home School Foundation have helped a family continue to homeschool while the father battles a rare form of blood cancer. Your gifts through them have provided strength and hope for a full recovery. Read more >>

6. Student Art Contest Awards Cash for Creativity

Students can win cash prizes for original art in this great study break activity. This year’s themes are based on the lyrics of some of our most beloved hymns! For details and entry form >>

   

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IN THE NEWS
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January 9: Jackson Hole News, Jackson Hole, Wyoming Homeschool Group: Let Teen Take Classes

January 8: WND.com Judge: Homeschooling a “Concrete Endangerment” to Kids

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