Originally Sent: 2/18/2014

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
February 18, 2014
   
    
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10
   

HSLDA defends families whose right to homeschool is being challenged.
Michael P. Farris

  1. Invoking Religious Freedom Leads to Truancy Charge
  2. HSLDA to U.S. Department of Education: Leave Homeschoolers Alone!
  3. Pray Supreme Court Will Hear Romeike Case
  4. Home School Heartbeat: Published at 16
  5. Celebrate African-American History with National Black Home Educators!
  6. HSLDA Teacher Training for High School
  7. Premium Leadership Training on a Budget!
  8. Art Contest: Two More Weeks!
  9. Christmas Card Contest!
  10. Sign up for Pensmore Dialogue on Science and Faith
  11. Will There Be a Bible Bee This Summer?

1. On the Case: Invoking Religious Freedom Leads to Truancy Charge

A member family who tried to claim a religious exemption to homeschool were eventually threatened with truancy charges. Home School Legal Defense Association came to their aid. Read more >>

2. HSLDA to U.S. Department of Education: Leave Homeschoolers Alone!

Proposed federal regulations would authorize state officials to collect data on homeschool students whose parents are migrant workers. HSLDA needs your help to stop this unlawful proposal. Read more >>

3. Pray Supreme Court Will Hear Romeike Case

HSLDA is asking members and friends to join us in prayer Feb. 17-21 that the U.S. Supreme Court will choose to hear the Romeike homeschool asylum case. Read more >>

4. Home School Heartbeat: Published at 16

Published at 16!

Homeschooled novelist Rachel Coker was picked up by a major publisher when she was just 16! Hear her story of early success as well as tips for other young novelists on this week’s Home School Heartbeat. Read more >>

5. 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 >>

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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. 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. >>

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8. Art Contest: Two More Weeks!

Take advantage of snow days to exercise your children’s creative side and participate in our annual art contest! All homeschoolers ages 7-19 may enter through March 1 for a chance to win cash prizes for their art. For themes and guidelines >>

9. Christmas Card Contest!

Share your Christmas-themed pictures, artwork, or graphic designs with the Home School Foundation for a chance to win a $25 HSLDA Store gift card and a box of Christmas cards with your art on the front! For more information >>

10. 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 >>

11. Will There Be a Bible Bee This Summer?

There can be a Bible Bee in your area—if you volunteer to make it happen. It’s easier than you think! See details >>

   

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Outside news items on home education

February 18: South Jersey Times, Woodbury, New Jersey Homeschool Students, Red Cross Help Children in Emergency Shelters

February 17: The Advocate, Stamford, Connecticut Homeschooling Numbers and Opportunities Grow

February 14: World Magazine A Wild Ride from Homeschool to Sochi

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