Originally Sent: 7/1/2014

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
July 1, 2014
   
    
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10
   

The Hobby Lobby decision was a major victory for religious liberty—one of the pillars of homeschooling freedom.
Michael P. Farris

  1. Religious Freedom Act Key to Hobby Lobby Ruling
  2. Island Homeschoolers Face Transportation Discrimination
  3. Supreme Court Strikes Blow against Parental Rights
  4. Foundation Helps Military Family Keep Their Focus
  5. Portfolio Review Requested in Hernando County
  6. Home School Heartbeat: Internet Safety 101
  7. Get Your Kids Outside and Enjoy God’s Glory!
  8. New Patrick Henry College Scholarship Opportunity
  9. Train Your Teen to Redeem the Future
  10. Demonstrate Communication through Photography!

1. Religious Freedom Act Key to Hobby Lobby Ruling

A religious freedom law championed in part by HSLDA helped influence Monday’s Supreme Court ruling affirming religious protection for family businesses. But more work is needed to defend fully this fundamental right. Read more >>

2. Washington: Island Homeschoolers Face Transportation Discrimination

Confusion over state policy is preventing an HSLDA member family from receiving discount ferry boat tickets for education-related trips. We are working to resolve the situation. Read more >>

3. Supreme Court Strikes Blow against Parental Rights

The Supreme Court has been in the news a lot lately with some major decisions regarding the balance of power. But one decision you may not have heard about—a decision to not make a decision—may have the biggest impact on your parental rights. Read more >>

4. Foundation Helps Military Family Keep Their Focus

A grant from the Home School Foundation helped a veteran’s family continue homeschooling through a difficult time as the dad transitioned into a new career. His consulting business now helps other veterans. Read more >>

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5. Florida: Portfolio Review Requested in Hernando County

Home School Legal Defense Association helped a new homeschool family after public school officials requested a second portfolio review for the same school year. Read more >>

6. Home School Heartbeat: Internet Safety 101

Internet safety 101.

The internet can be a tremendous tool for learning and communication—but it also comes with its own hidden dangers. This week on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Farris is joined by Donna Rice Hughes to discuss internet safety and show you how to help your children use the internet safely and responsibly. Read more >>

7. Blog: Get Your Kids Outside and Enjoy God’s Glory!

Summertime is a special season for enjoying God’s handiwork. Tracy Klicka shares memories and tips for soaking in the warm days and balmy nights. Read more >>

8. New Patrick Henry College Scholarship Opportunity

Starting in fall 2014, when you take online AP courses through PHC Prep Academy, every tuition dollar you spend will be matched with a Patrick Henry College tuition scholarship. In other words, you get to use your PHC Prep Academy tuition money twice: once in high school, once in college! Read more >>

9. Train Your Teen to Redeem the Future

If there is hope for America, it rests with the next generation. Generation Joshua has been training and preparing the youth of America to save the future. For the past six summers, Generation Joshua has run the iGovern camps to equip our youth with the skills they need to take action. Learn more and register >>

10. Demonstrate Communication through Photography!

Challenge your children to practice communicating through the visual arts. HSLDA invites you to take creative pictures of things that are “Interesting,” “Memorable,” or “Ordinary,” and submit them to our summer Photo Contest, open to all homeschooled students ages 7-19 through August 1. Don’t plan to enter the contest? Use the prompts as a golden opportunity to brainstorm with your children about how to communicate powerfully with photos, and then enjoy looking at the winning photos in August! For guidelines and entry forms >>

   

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IN THE NEWS
Outside news items on home education

June 30: The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, Indiana Homeschoolers May Need GED Before Getting Job at NiSource, Company Says

June 30: Citizen-Times, Asheville, North Carolina Trailblazers Let Homeschool Students Field Teams

June 27: The Christian Institute Northern Ireland: Final Day for Homeschool Consultation

June 26: BBC Homeschool Parents Angry over Plans to Monitor Their Teaching

June 25: Times-Gazette, Shelbyville, Tennessee Homeschool Kids Show Creative Sides

June 23: New York Post, New York, New York Government’s Attack on Homeschooling

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