Originally Sent: 9/10/2013

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

Learn about the latest threat to homeschool freedom.
Michael P. Farris

  1. Does the Common Core Lead to National Data Collection?
  2. Official Pushes Form for Option that Requires No Filing
  3. Home School Heartbeat: The Common Core
  4. Parental Rights: Two Great Stories of “Parents Know Best”
  5. The Annual Essay Contest is Back!
  6. Tips for Homeschooled College Applicants
  7. Contest Asks Students to Defend Religious Freedom
  8. Inspiring Family-Friendly Film Opens Sep. 27

1. Does the Common Core Lead to National Data Collection?

Learn more about the common core.Learn more about the common core.

Over the past decade, federal incentives and federally funded data models have spurred states to monitor students from preschool to college—right through to their assimilation into the workforce. HSLDA believes this expansion of state databases is laying the foundation for a national student database, and the Common Core State Standards initiative is transforming this concern into reality. Read more >>

2. Iowa: Official Pushes Form for Option that Requires No Filing

At least one public school district is still getting used to the idea that changes in state law mean some homeschoolers don’t have to file paperwork. HSLDA is here to help everyone adjust to the improved legal situation. Read more >>

3. Home School Heartbeat: The Common Core

Mike Farris discusses the danges of the Common Core.Mike Farris discusses the danges of the Common Core.

The Common Core State Standards initiative claims to prepare students for college and career, but is its one-size-fits-all approach harmful to a child’s education? This week on Home School Heartbeat, join your host Mike Farris and HSLDA Federal Relations Director Will Estrada as they discuss the issue. Read more >>

4. Parental Rights: Two Great Stories of “Parents Know Best”

We turn to experts every day for insight and guidance because they are, well, experts. But when it comes to parenting, can “experts” really do better than mom and dad? Here are two heart-warming stories that show the real expert in caring for your kids is you. Read more >>

5. The Annual Essay Contest is Back!

HSLDA will be kicking off the school year with its annual essay contest! A great way to get students excited about getting back into writing, this contest offers cash prizes for the top five essays per age group. The contest runs through December 1. Look for guidelines and information about a free writing resource coming soon. Read more >>

Get to know the Constitution.Get to know the Constitution.

6. Tips for Homeschooled College Applicants

Most colleges extend a welcoming hand to homeschooled applicants. Do your homework, apply early, and be sure to check out the college information we’ve compiled to help you maneuver through the application process from a homeschooler's point of view.

7. Contest Asks Students to Defend Religious Freedom

The First Freedom Center announces the 21st annual First Freedom Student Competition. This national essay and video contest offers 9th-12th grade students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the history and implementation of freedom of religion and conscience in American democracy and the world today. Read more >>

8. Inspiring Family-Friendly Film Opens Sep. 27

Opening in select theaters nationwide, Alone Yet Not Alone is the inspiring true story of Barbara and Regina Leininger and their journey of faith and survival during the French & Indian war in 1755. Captured by Indians, the sisters are sustained only by their faith in God, and their hope of escape against all odds. Watch the trailer and reserve tickets! >>

Register now!Register now!




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Legislation in Your State

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Outside news items on home education

September 9: The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Homeschool Outliers

September 9: Watchdog.org VA Homeschool Group Fights Nazi Law, Obama Collaborators

September 8: Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, Australia Homeschooling up 65% in Four Years

September 8: The Courier, Waterloo, Iowa New Law Relaxes Oversight of Homeschooling for Iowa Families

September 7: WorldNetDaily.com Homeschool Case Focal Point for Hate Mail

September 5: Belvoir Eagle, Fort Belvoir, Virginia Belvoir Home Educators Bring Homeschool Community Together

September 5: FoxNews.com Parents Who Homeschool Question Common Core’s Reach

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