Originally Sent: 7/23/2013

July 23, 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. Proposed Law Assigns Government Agent for Every Child
  2. Unwarranted Home Inspection Prevented
  3. Rebuilding After a Fire
  4. Home School Heartbeat: Teaching with Film
  5. Identifying Child Abuse
  6. Behind the Scenes: Disabilities Treaty Battle Continues
  7. Free Shipping on PHC Prep Academy Textbooks
  8. Last Week to Enter Photo Contest
  9. Christmas Card Contest Closes August 1
  10. Help for Single Parents Now Available
  11. Register Now for Fall ConLaw Class with Mike Farris

1. Proposed Law Assigns Government Agent for Every Child

Scottish homeschoolers are asking for help in fighting a proposed law that would assign a government agent to every child at birth. Experts warn that this type of legislation represents the logical progression of state-centered parenting ideals as embodied in various UN treaties. Read more >>

2. Pennsylvania: Unwarranted Home Inspection Prevented

HSLDA went to court to protect a member family from having their home inspected by social services workers. The inspection attempt occurred because a pediatrician didn’t like the idea of the family homeschooling their special needs daughter. Read more >>

3. Rebuilding After a Fire

The MacDonald family escaped with their lives, but the house fire days before Thanksgiving left them with no home and no homeschool curriculum. The Home School Foundation was able to help them with both of those needs. Read more >>

4. Home School Heartbeat: Teaching with Film

Micheal FlahertyMicheal Flaherty

The Chronicles of Narnia, Amazing Grace, and Charlotte’s Web have captivated movie goers across the country. This week on Home School Heartbeat, Micheal Flaherty, the creator of these films and co-founder of Walden Media, explains how film can help make kids excited about learning! Read more >>

5. Identifying Child Abuse

Child abuse is devastating—and we in the homeschool community have a responsibility to address it. Having chosen homeschooling out of a motivation to do what is best for our children, we can be part of promoting all children’s welfare. In this series of articles, HSLDA will be suggesting three steps we all can take to address and prevent child abuse. Read more >>

6. Behind the Scenes: Disabilities Treaty Battle Continues

As the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act approaches, none of the threatened Senate action on CRPD has come to pass—but that doesn’t mean things have been easy. Under the surface, it’s a different story. Read more >>

7. Free Shipping on PHC Prep Academy Textbooks

Get back-to-school savings! Sign up for an Advanced Placement course now and get free shipping on items ordered from the PHC Prep Academy online bookstore. Offer applies to all orders over $99 and is valid from July 23 through July 28. Don’t wait to get ready for next year—check out our list of courses today! View courses >>

8. Last Week to Enter Photo Contest

Have you considered being a part of this year’s HSLDA photo contest? We are now accepting entries, and we would be thrilled to have your participation. Details and entry form >>

9. Christmas Card Contest Closes August 1

If you have photos, artwork or graphic designs pertaining to Christmas and wintertime, the Home School Foundation encourages you to submit them for its 2013 Christmas Card contest! Remember, homeschooling parents and recent homeschooled graduates are welcome to participate. Read more >>

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10. Help for Single Parents Now Available

HSLDA’s Home School Foundation is in the midst of an open enrollment period for the Children of Single Parents Fund, created to assist homeschooling single parents with the purchase of books and materials. If you or someone you know could benefit from this financial assistance, please have them apply.

Request help >>

Donate to the fund >>

11. 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 >>




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Outside news items on home education

July 22: WorldNetDaily.com Supremes being Asked to Rule on Homeschool Persecution

July 19: KMA Radio, Shenandoah, Iowa Branstad Signs Homeschooling Law

July 19: The Grove Sun Grove, Oklahoma Homeschool Group Focuses on the Classics

July 19: The Jewish Press Homeschooling on the Rise in Orthodox Community

July 17: Queen Anne News, Seattle, Washington The Rise of Homeschooling

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