Originally Sent: 5/7/2013

May 7, 2013  
     Mike Farris
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10

Here are this week’s top stories.
Michael P. Farris

  1. Congress Tackles Common Core National Standards, Databases
  2. Court Victory for Homeschool Mom
  3. School’s Reluctance Nearly Costs Teen a Job
  4. Homeschooled Students Receive Volunteering Awards
  5. Sports Eligibility Bill Passed
  6. Homeschoolers Now Eligible for State Scholarships
  7. Poetry Contest Inspiration!
  8. Caring for Families with Special Needs
  9. Home School Heartbeat: Science Imitating God’s Design

1. Congress Tackles the Common Core National Standards and Databases

Please take time to thank the members of Congress who joined the fight against the Common Core national education standards. With your help, we will continue the battle. Read more >>

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2. Court Victory for Homeschool Mom

A Missouri county circuit court dismissed truancy charges against a homeschooling mother after Home School Legal Defense Association intervened on her behalf. Read more >>

3. New Jersey: School’s Reluctance Nearly Costs Teen a Job

After getting a good job offer, a homeschool teen nearly saw her opportunity slip away because a public school official refused to issue an employment certificate—until HSLDA intervened. Read more >>

4. Homeschooled Students Receive Volunteering Awards

Three homeschooled students, selected from thousands of entries, were honored for their community service efforts and recognized at the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Read more >>

5. Tennessee: Sports Eligibility Bill Passed

On April 19, 2013, Governor Bill Haslam signed into law Senate Bill 240, adding a new subsection to the homeschool statute for students’ participation in interscholastic athletic competition in public schools. Read more >>

6. North Dakota: Homeschoolers Now Eligible for State Scholarships

With the enactment of House Bill 1291, a resident student who completes a program of home education in North Dakota is eligible to receive a career and technical education scholarship or an academic scholarship. Read more >>

7. Poetry Contest Inspiration!

For your amusement and to inspire your children as they prepare their own poems, we asked the HSDLA staff to submit short, comedic odes. Here’s one from a member of the legal department:

A sonnet in Dutch won’t appeal to us much
If written in Greek it’s just too hard to speak
We can’t fathom musings of Polish persuasion
Or comprehend verse in Manchu or Malaysian
Your painstaking poems in the best Portuguese
Are all French to us, or Hakka Chinese
If Spanish inspires you, ours is the loss
If Turkish entrances you, you’ll get the toss
But odes in good English sound proper and sensible—
Anything else is just incomprehensible.

For contest details and entry form >>

8. Caring for Families with Special Needs

Homeschooling may be the best way to meet the special needs of children who learn differently. After all, the very nature of home education is that each child gets an “individualized education plan.” The HSLDA struggling learner-special needs department exists to equip and encourage families in this endeavor. Read more >>

9. Home School Heartbeat: Science Imitating God’s Design

Many scientific advances have been inspired by the divine design present in nature. This week on Home School Heartbeat, Ray Comfort explains how scientific inventions—even Velcro and Olympic swimsuits!—provide evidence that God exists. Read more >>




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Outside news items on home education

May 3: Sun-News, Cleveland, Ohio Co-op Shares Science of Homeschooling for Area Children

May 2: The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Three Oklahoma Brothers to Use Their Bible Knowledge on Game Show

May 2: The Herald-Journal, Spartanburg, South Carolina Homeschool Families Attend Convention in Spartanburg

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