Originally Sent: 1/28/2014

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
January 28, 2014
   
    
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10
   

Homeschool freedom is under attack again in Europe.
Michael P. Farris

  1. Bill Would Restrict Homeschooling to “Exceptional Circumstances”
  2. Boycotting Tests Is Helping Stop the Common Core
  3. School District Says Certified Teacher Must Evaluate Homeschool
  4. Moving Homeschooling Forward in Africa
  5. Home School Heartbeat: Teaching Math
  6. HSLDA Teacher Training for High School
  7. Tell Your Friends: Art Contest Accepting Entries
  8. GenJ Leadership Camp Registration Open
  9. Sign Up for Pensmore Dialogue on Science and Faith
  10. Convention of States Launches Scholarship Program

1. France: Bill Would Restrict Homeschooling to “Exceptional Circumstances”

A bill in the French Senate seeking to restrict homeschooling would significantly alter the landscape of homeschool freedom not only in France but all of Europe. Read more >>

2. Boycotting Tests is Helping Stop the Common Core

Across the country, parents and public school students are slowing the Common Core’s progress by refusing to take Common Core-aligned assessments. These efforts have caused some school administrators to cancel standardized testing. Read more >>

3. Pennsylvania: School District Says Certified Teacher Must Evaluate Homeschool

Home School Legal Defense Association helped a homeschool family when their school district insisted that a certified teacher evaluate their home education program. Read more >>

4. Moving Homeschooling Forward in Africa

Homeschoolers in Kenya recounted familiar hopes and challenges during a regional conference. HSLDA affirmed its commitment to helping African homeschoolers gain new resources and expanded freedom. Read more >>

5. Home School Heartbeat: Teaching Math

Give your students a solid math foundation.

If math is the bane of your homeschooling existence, this week’s program is for you! Math professor Fred Worth discusses why your students might struggle with this difficult subject and how you can improve their performance. A solid foundation in math can prepare your child for life success! Read more >>

6. HSLDA Teacher Training for High School

A new year, a new schedule for the high school teacher training events! This year HSLDA’s high school and struggling learner consultants are joining together to provide integrated sessions for parents with teens who fall in either or both of these categories. We’re excited about meeting the needs of all high school teens and helping parents prepare for their students’ futures. Read more >>

7. Tell Your Friends: Art Contest Accepting Entries

All homeschoolers are invited to showcase their talents in HSLDA’s annual Art Contest! Open through March 1 for homeschoolers ages 7-19. For details and entry form >>

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8. GenJ Leadership Camp Registration Open

Is your student passionate about our nation? Would they benefit from a hands-on week of government simulation, character development, and inspiring speakers? Generation Joshua’s iGovern leadership camps are designed to grow your teen’s relationship with Christ and give them the practical skills needed to impact our nation in a powerful way. Register today! >>

9. Sign Up for Pensmore Dialogue on Science and Faith

Patrick Henry College is proud to announce that registration is now open for the Pensmore Dialogue on Science and Faith: The Return of the God Hypothesis, to be held April 4-5 at PHC. Hear from a world-class line-up of scientist Christians, apologists, and philosophers like Dr. John Lennox, Dr. Stephen C. Meyers, and Dr. Robert Spitzer, to explore crucial questions on the origins of life and the universe from a Christian worldview. To learn more or to register >>

10. 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 >>

   

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IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education

January 27: The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Virginia Supporters of Homeschool Sports Access Optimistic for Bill’s Chances

January 24: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia Bill would Lower HOPE Scholarship Requirements for Homeschool Students

January 24: The American Conservative Why It’s so Hard to Come out of the Homeschool Closet

January 22: The New York Times, New York, New York Owning Up to Being a Homeschooling Parent

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