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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.

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Invoking Religious Freedom Leads to Truancy Charge


School District Invents Evaluation Form


School District Says Certified Teacher Must Evaluate Homeschool


Homeschool Affidavits: Health and Medical Services/Immunization Requirements


School District Rejects Notarized Affidavit


School District Refuses to Return Portfolio Because No Science Taught


HSLDA Amicus: Don’t Misinterpret Pennsylvania’s Compulsory School Attendance Statute


Unwarranted Home Inspection Prevented


Philadelphia Wants Portfolios Before Homeschooling Begins


HSLDA Pries Portfolio Loose from School District


Family Encounters “Multiple Occupancy Registration”


HSLDA’s Top Three Involve State v. Parents


Hospital, Social Worker Seek to Dismiss Lawsuit


Upset Neighbors Cause Problems for Homeschooling Family

 HSLDA Alerts & Information (PA)
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4/3/2014Pennsylvania: Update on Homeschool Bill
3/26/2014Pennsylvania--Lobby for Homeschool Bill
3/10/2014Attend Hearing on Homeschool Bill
1/10/2014Pennsylvania--Legislature Now in Session
1/9/2014Pennsylvania--Calls Needed to Pass Homeschool Bill
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 State Legislation
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WATCH House Resolution 71: Urges the U.S. Senate to Reject the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
2/12/2013

WATCH House Bill 182: Creates REACH Scholarships for College Attendance
2/4/2013

WATCH House Bill 404: Redefines Child Abuse
2/28/2013

WATCH House Bill 958: Requires Children in a Home Education Program to Be Tested for Diabetes
3/18/2013

ACTION House Bill 1013: Revises Pennsylvania's Home Education Statute
3/11/2014

WATCH House Bill 1045: Makes it a Misdemeanor to Make a False Report of Child Abuse
3/27/2013

WATCH House Bill 1178: Recognizes Same-Sex Civil Unions
4/19/2013

WATCH House Bill 1184: Mandatory Mental Health Screening for All School-Aged Children
4/19/2013

WATCH House Bill 1344: Lowers Compulsory Attendance Age to 6
5/16/2013

WATCH House Bill 1349: Marriage Amendment
5/16/2013

WATCH House Bill 1551: Requires Legislative Approval for Implementation of the Common Core Standards
10/9/2013

WATCH House Bill 1552: Prohibits Implementation of Standards or Testing Based on the Common Core
8/2/2013

WATCH House Bill 1555: Created Advisory Committee to Review Research For and Against Adoption of the Common Core Standards
10/9/2013

WATCH House Bill 1647: Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in Pennsylvania
9/11/2013

WATCH House Bill 1686: Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in Pennsylvania
10/24/2013

WATCH House Bill 1718: Creates Online Education Initiative
2/7/2014

WATCH House Bill 1787: Ties School Attendance to Driver’s Licenses
10/25/2013

WATCH House Bill 2037: Raises the Compulsory School Age from 17 to 18
2/25/2014

WATCH House Bill 2168: Prohibits Applying Foreign Law to Violate Constitutional Rights
4/16/2014

WATCH Senate Bill 20: Revises the Definition of Child Abuse
10/9/2013

WATCH Senate Bill 21: Revises Law Relating to Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse
10/9/2013

WATCH Senate Bill 27: Requires CPS and Licensed Medical Practitioners to Exchange Certain Information During an Investigation Without Requiring Parental Consent, Court Order, or Subpoena
11/11/2013

WATCH Senate Bill 32: Requires Homeschool Families to be Investigated Under Certain Circumstances
3/21/2013

WATCH Senate Bill 517: Prohibits Parents from Homeschooling a Child Who Has Recently Received CPS Services
2/27/2013

WATCH Senate Bill 719: Provides for Same-Sex Marriages
3/26/2013

WATCH Senate Bill 992: Lowers Compulsory School Attendance Age to 5 Years
6/7/2013

OPEN The Pennsylvania Legislature is in Session
1/7/2014

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The Ferris Case
Parents temporarily lose custody of newborn because they want to direct medical care.

Combs, et al, v. Homer—Center School District, et al
Families claim religious exemption from home education law

Commonwealth v. Mrs. R
Certified teacher subject to prosecution for home schooling

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