Originally Sent: 2/11/2014

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
February 11, 2014
   
    
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10
   

Please pray that the Supreme Court will hear the Romeike case.
Michael P. Farris

  1. Justice Department: Homeschool Persecution Not a Problem
  2. Congress to Education Establishment: Time to End Common Core
  3. Opponents tell Legislature Children are Not Common, Not Cars
  4. Court Rejects Legislature’s Superintendent “Shell” Game
  5. School District Invents Evaluation Form
  6. Home School Heartbeat: Aspects of Love
  7. Celebrate African-American History with National Black Home Educators!
  8. HSLDA Teacher Training for High School
  9. Premium Leadership Training on a Budget!
  10. Winning Essays are Online!
  11. Art Contest 2014 Open through March 1!
  12. Sign up for Pensmore Dialogue on Science and Faith
  13. National under-14 Math Competition
  14. 2014 Bible Bee: “It’s a Social Thing!”
  15. Homeschool Art Wanted for Charity Drive

1. Justice Department: Homeschool Persecution Not a Problem

The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled Romeike v. Holder for review conference February 21. It is expected that the court will rule on whether or not to take the case before the end of the month. Read more >>

2. Congress to Education Establishment: Time to End Common Core

In the past week, Congress has come out loud and clear against the federal government pressuring states to adopt the Common Core. Your support of congressional efforts can help promote local control of education. Read more >>

3. Michigan: Opponents tell Legislature Children are Not Common, Not Cars

HSLDA and concerned parents told Michigan lawmakers that kids shouldn’t be treated as common or like cars in testimony about the dangers posed by the Common Core. Read more >>

4. Wyoming: Court Rejects Legislature’s Superintendent “Shell” Game

The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional a law intended to strip power from a popular and homeschool-friendly state superintendent of education. Read more >>

5. Pennsylvania: School District Invents Evaluation Form

HSLDA recently assisted a member family who had received a letter from the local school district informing them that they had to complete and submit a Home School Evaluator’s Transcript form at the end of the school year. Read more >>

6. Home School Heartbeat: Aspects of Love

Aspects of Love.

Valentine’s Day can seem like an over-commercialized holiday that does little more than sell greeting cards and candy. This year, make it something more! Dr. Gene Edward Veith, well-known author, literature professor, and provost at Patrick Henry College, joins Mike Smith on Home School Heartbeat with five stories of love that will fire up your imagination and inspire your students. Read more >>

7. Celebrate African-American History with National Black Home Educators!

February is African-American History Month. It is fitting to reflect on a great homeschool hero, Booker T. Washington. Born a slave, Booker taught himself how to read. He wrote an autobiography, Up From Slavery, and became a leader in post-Civil War America. He founded Tuskegee University in 1881. For more on this topic, we encourage you learn about the vision and leadership of the National Black Home Educators. Founded in 2000 by homeschool parents of five, Eric and Joyce Burges, NBHE helps homeschool families across the nation. Read more >>

Enter your video or graphic for a chance to win!

8. 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 >>

9. Premium Leadership Training on a Budget!

Camp doesn’t need to break the bank. That’s why GenJ is partnering with the Homeschool Foundation to offer scholarships for our weeklong Summer Leadership Camp: iGovern 2014! Scholarships are awarded on a first-come-first-served basis, so apply for yours today!

Read more about iGovern camp. >>

Read more about camp scholarships. >>

10. Winning Essays are Online!

The winning essays from our annual fall Essay Contest are now on our website! Check out what homeschooled students ages 7-19 had to say about the theme of Traditions. Read winning entries >>

11. Art Contest 2014 Open through March 1!

Encourage your children to exercise a different part of their minds by entering our annual Art Contest. All homeschoolers ages 7-19 are eligible to participate! For themes and guidelines >>

12. 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 >>

Five dollars off any item.

13. National under-14 Math Competition

National Number Knockout wants to knock out innumeracy by improving calculating speed and accuracy. N2K is accepting entrance videos of students now through February 20, 2014. This competition will be held in Orlando, Florida on Friday, March 28, 2014. The winner will receive $10,000. For more details >>

14. 2014 Bible Bee: “It’s a Social Thing!”

Hosting a local bee on August 23 is easier than you think! See details >>

15. Virginia: Homeschool Art Wanted for Charity Drive

The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign Art Contest is open to all Virginia students, grades K-12. Poster designs should connect to the 2014 theme, “Virginia is For Givers.” The CVC is the annual charity drive for state employees. For contest rules and regulations >>

   

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Outside news items on home education

February 9: Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, North Dakota Learning at Home

February 8: The Lima News, Lima, Ohio A True Learning Experience

February 8: News-Times, Danbury, Connecticut Homeschooling Numbers and Opportunities Grow

February 2: The Lantern, Columbus, Ohio Ohio State Applications from Homeschooled Students Rising

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