Originally Sent: 2/25/2014

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
February 25, 2014
   
    
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10
   

Our constitutional rights are being challenged.
Michael P. Farris

  1. Supreme Court still Discussing Romeike v. Holder
  2. HSLDA to Testify against Proposed IRS Free Speech Infringement
  3. UN to Vatican: Your Theology Violates Child Rights
  4. Teachers Other Than Parents for Homeschooled Students
  5. False Reports of Child Abuse Now Illegal
  6. Bill Would Change Access to Public School Classes
  7. Home School Heartbeat: The Humble Beginnings of Honest Abe
  8. A Guide for Homeschooling through High School
  9. Responsible Government and National Security: America Can Do Better
  10. Art Contest: Final Week!
  11. Use Computer Graphics or Photos to Bless Widows!
  12. Congratulations Essay Contest Winners!
  13. Bible Bee: $50 Discount Ends Friday

1. Supreme Court still Discussing Romeike v. Holder

The U.S. Supreme Court has rescheduled the German homeschool family asylum case for its review conference on Friday, February 28. Please keep praying! Read more >>

2. HSLDA to Testify against Proposed IRS Free Speech Infringement

Home School Legal Defense Association is standing with organizations such as the ACLU to oppose new IRS rules that would restrict what we can tell members about elected officials. Read more >>

3. UN to Vatican: Your Theology Violates Child Rights

The committee overseeing the implementation of the international child’s rights convention told the Vatican it needed to change its doctrines on family and sexuality in order to comply with the United Nations. Read more >>

4. Maryland: Teachers Other Than Parents for Homeschooled Students

HSLDA urges Maryland homeschoolers not to give in when officials try to bully them into revealing who teaches their children (other than parents). Read more >>

5. Pennsylvania: False Reports of Child Abuse Now Illegal

The Pennsylvania Legislature has made it a crime to knowingly provide a false report of child abuse. HSLDA welcomes the new law as a step in the right direction toward protecting families. Read more >>

6. Wisconsin: Bill Would Change Access to Public School Classes

A bill is rocketing toward enactment that will change how Wisconsin homeschool families are able to obtain access to public school classes. Read more >>

7. Home School Heartbeat: The Humble Beginnings of Honest Abe

Humble beginnings of Honest Abe

This month, we celebrate the birthday of one of America’s greatest presidents—Abraham Lincoln. But did you know that Honest Abe had less than one year of formal schooling? Tune in as Mike Smith draws some homeschool lessons from Lincoln’s life, on this week’s Home School Heartbeat. Read more >>

8. A Guide for Homeschooling through High School

Would you like a road map for the high school years? This 32-page booklet, written by HSLDA High School Consultants Becky Cooke and Diane Kummer, is your guide to teaching your teens at home. It covers planning the high school years, credits, grades, records, timeline for high school, and post-high school options. Use it as your “go to” resource during the high school years! Get it online >>

9. Responsible Government and National Security: America Can Do Better

Headlines regularly show Washington, D.C., gridlocked as leaders fight over the application of basic principles like liberty and security. Our nation needs a responsible citizenry that knows how to address these fundamental issues. Generation Joshua’s iGovern Summer Leadership Camps communicate these concepts through a comprehensive government simulation, lectures, and a ton of fun. Early registration discounts still apply for all three camps. Learn more and sign up >>

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10. Art Contest: Final Week!

Encourage your children to develop their creative side by participating in our annual art contest. Postmark deadline is March 1! For contest guidelines >>

11. Use Computer Graphics or Photos to Bless Widows!

Do your kids enjoy computer graphics, photography, or art? Our charitable arm, the Home School Foundation, welcomes your submissions in its free annual Christmas Card Contest. Boxes of cards with the winning designs will be mailed to widows who received curriculum grants through the Foundation this year. Read more >>

12. Congratulations Essay Contest Winners!

The winners of the 2013 student essay contest have been announced! Read more >>

13. Bible Bee: $50 Discount Ends Friday

Apply today to host a Bible Bee in your local facility! For details >>

   

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February 20: WABI-TV Channel 5, Bangor, Maine School Choices in Maine: Homeschooling

February 19: WTVM-TV Channel 9, Columbus, Georgia Be There: The Benefits of Homeschooling

February 18: Purdue Exponent, West Lafayette, Indiana Physical Education Student Teaches Homeschoolers Gymnastics

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