Originally Sent: 7/9/2013

July 9, 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. On the Case: Truancy Charge Threatened all Ohio Homeschoolers
  2. HSLDA Letter Helps Solve Tax Issue
  3. Iowa Homeschool Improvement III: New “Private Instruction” Option
  4. Home School Heartbeat: The Art of Hospitality
  5. 10 Things You Need to Know about AP Courses
  6. 3 Weeks Left for Photo Contest!
  7. HSF needs Your Art for Christmas Cards!
  8. Register Now for Fall ConLaw Class with Mike Farris
  9. Homeschooling a Special Needs Student? We Can Help!
  10. Learn International Leadership

1. On the Case: Truancy Case Threatened all Ohio Homeschoolers

Home School Legal Defense Association defended a family whose case involving alleged school absences was based on a restrictive view of the law that threatened all homeschoolers. Read more >>

2. Wisconsin: HSLDA Letter Helps Solve Tax Issue

A homeschool family credited HSLDA with helping attain speedy resolution to a problem with the state revenue department. Read more >>

3. Iowa Homeschool Improvement III: New “Private Instruction” Option

Under the revised private instruction option, Iowa parents can homeschool with a minimal amount of oversight. Read more >>

4. Home School Heartbeat: The Art of Hospitality

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It’s difficult to travel in a struggling economy, and it’s easy to be lax in practicing hospitality. How do these problems relate? Tune into this week’s Home School Heartbeat to hear Mike Smith and Theresa Bowen talk about A Candle in the Window, a hospitality network that provides an economical way to travel and encourages fellowship! Read more >>

5. 10 Things You Need to Know about AP Courses

If you have a high school student, chances are you’ve heard something about Advanced Placement courses. But are they the right fit for your son or daughter? What makes them different from other high school courses? Get the free download from PHC Prep Academy—“Ten Things You Need to Know about AP Courses and Exams”—to find answers to your AP questions. Get the free download >>

6. 3 Weeks Left for Photo Contest!

HSLDA’s annual student photo contest will close August 1, so take advantage of the summertime to explore the fun of photography with your children and share your finds with us! Students can submit multiple entries. Contest details and entry form >>

7. HSF needs Your Art for Christmas Cards!

The Christmas Card contest is still going on at the Home School Foundation, open to all homeschoolers ages 15-plus (this includes parents!) and no entry fee! Submit a photo, picture of artwork, or other beautiful graphic design that would make a great greeting card. Details on HSF’s website >>

8. Register Now for Fall ConLaw Class with Mike Farris

Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in this incredible online learning experience! Whether you are a high school student looking to beef up your transcript, or an adult simply wanting to become a more informed citizen, this course is for you. Space is limited. Direct questions to Logan Spena at conlaw@hslda.org! Register now >>

9. Homeschooling a Special Needs Student? We Can Help!

From medically sensitive children, to gifted, across the autism spectrum, to children with mild to severe learning disabilities, more and more families are choosing to homeschool. These parents find out that teaching at home truly is an “individualized education plan.” Find out how the HSLDA team of special needs consultants can equip and encourage you along this new journey! Read more >>

10. Learn International Leadership

Gain insight on international leadership from HSLDA Director of International Affairs Mike Donnelly and others July 21-26 in Washington, D.C. Hosted by The Leadership Institute, the International Leadership Training School includes meals, housing, and a tour of the Capitol, Mall, and Heritage Foundation. Topics include “Starting a Pro-Family Movement,” “Voter ID and Targeting,” and “Pro-Family Principles in Leadership.” Read more >>




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Outside news items on home education

July 7: CBN News Justice Dept.: Anti-Homeschool Law Aids Tolerance

July 7: The Observer, Dunkirk, New York Homeschooling Continues to Grow

July 5: The Times of India, Mumbai, India Homeschooling Catching up in Hyderabad

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