Originally Sent: 3/11/2014

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

The battle to preserve homeschool freedom is just beginning.
Michael P. Farris

  1. Dangerous Policy Lurks behind Romeike Triumph
  2. Common Core: An International Failure
  3. Officials Overstep Bounds by Passing Bill to Invade the Family
  4. Attorney General Dismisses Case against Homeschooler
  5. Peace in Pittsylvania
  6. Home School Heartbeat: Nurturing a Preschool Skill Set
  7. Alabama Ambassador Brings Love and Faith Together
  8. Save $100 Per Course During Early Registration
  9. Early Bird Deadline Extended for Pensmore Conference
  10. HSLDA Teacher Training for High School
  11. GenJ Special—Save $200 on Family Memberships!
  12. The Local Bible Bee—It’s A Social Thing!

1. Dangerous Policy Lurks behind Romeike Triumph

HSLDA is immensely grateful to federal officials for allowing the Romeikes to stay in America. But we also recognize that the government’s arguments for denying the family asylum reveal a philosophy that is hostile both to homeschoolers and religious liberty. Read more >>

2. Common Core: An International Failure

New studies reveal that despite proponents’ claims, the Common Core standards do not emulate the successful education practices of other countries. Read more >>

3. Scotland: Officials Overstep Bounds by Passing Bill to Invade the Family

Home School Legal Defense Association is asking freedom-loving homeschoolers to protest a bill passed by the Scottish Parliament that appoints a government social worker to oversee every child in that country. Read more >>

4. Mississippi: Attorney General Dismisses Case against Homeschooler

After being investigated for four months, a member finally received word last week that the educational neglect case against her was being dismissed. Read more >>

5. Virginia: Peace in Pittsylvania

After being alerted by HSLDA, homeschoolers united to oppose suggested changes to the local school board’s religious exemption policy. School board members subsequently sided with homeschoolers and against the school superintendent. Read more >>

6. Home School Heartbeat: Nurturing a Preschool Skill Set

Nurturing a preschool skill set

You want to give your preschooler a great education, but maybe you’re wondering just what that looks like? Join your host Mike Smith and his guest, Vicki Bentley, this week on Home School Heartbeat, as they discuss how you can nurture your child and his preschool skill set. Read more >>

7. Alabama Ambassador Brings Love and Faith Together

The Home School Foundation partnered with a local church to help homeschool parents whose young daughter battles leukemia. Read more >>

8. Save $100 Per Course During Early Registration

Registration is now open for 2014-15 AP courses with Patrick Henry College Preparatory Academy! Register by April 7, 2014 to get a $100 discount on each course, no matter how many courses you take. HSLDA members—this is in addition to your $70-$120 membership discount. Go to course catalog >>

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9. Early Bird Deadline Extended for Pensmore Conference

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from world-class scientists and explore the perfectly constructed world in which we live through the lens of hard science, Judeo-Christian revelation, and recent discoveries that strike at the heart of life and the world as we know it. Register here for the Pensmore Dialogue on Science and Faith—The Return of the God Hypothesis. Learn more and register >>

10. 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 >>

11. GenJ Special—Save $200 on Family Memberships!

One of the most important things we can pass on to our kids is an understanding of freedom and responsible government. For the rest of March, Generation Joshua is discounting 10-year family memberships by $200. We want to help you teach your 11-19-year-old students about liberty. Normally, these memberships cost $300 for HSLDA members and $400 for non-HSLDA members. For a limited time, these memberships will be $100 for HSLDA members and $200 for non-members! This special runs until Monday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Join today! >>

12. The Local Bible Bee—It’s A Social Thing!

Host a kickoff meeting in June, one or two summer parties, and a Local Contest/Celebration on Saturday, August 23! Read more >>

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Legislation in Your State

If you live in Colorado, the District of Columbia, Kansas, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Washington, West Virginia, or Wyoming, click on the name of your state or the link below to learn about legislation that could affect your freedom to homeschool.

State Legislation

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IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education

March 9: The Christian Post German Homeschool Family’s Reprieve and Implication on U.S. Educational Policy

March 6: Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minnesota Cole, Rochester Homeschool Chasing Title

March 6: KQCD-TV Channel 7, Dickinson, North Dakota Family Talks About Homeschooling

March 6: WHNT-TV Channel 19, Hunstville, Alabama Common Core Controversy: Parents Opt For Homeschooling Route

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