Originally Sent: 9/17/2013

September 17, 2013
     Mike Farris
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10

HSLDA protects its members in the courtroom.
Michael P. Farris

  1. State-Sponsored Kidnapping, Jail for Homeschoolers
  2. HSLDA Prevails in Two Court Cases
  3. Avoid West Plains Withdrawal Form
  4. Home School Heartbeat: Our Constitution Rocks!
  5. Parental Rights: Call Congress to Action!
  6. Get Teacher Training at HSLDA
  7. Special Needs Conference to Inform, Inspire
  8. Essay Contest Guidelines Posted
  9. eBay Sales Now Benefit Homeschoolers
  10. Contest Asks Students to Defend Religious Freedom
  11. Inspiring Family-Friendly Film Opens Sep. 27

1. Germany: State-Sponsored Kidnapping, Jail for Homeschoolers

A crucial hearing this Thursday could determine whether Dirk and Petra Wunderlich’s children come home. Desperate to be reunited with their children and seeing no other legal options, they have agreed to send their children to a state-approved school. Read more >>

2. Indiana: HSLDA Prevails in Two Court Cases

In two separate cases, Indiana judges upheld the rights of homeschooling parents. Read more >>

3. Missouri: Avoid West Plains Withdrawal Form

The West Plains public school system is pressuring families to fill out their own unique form when they withdraw their children in order to homeschool them. HSLDA urges you to not use their form. Read more >>

4. Home School Heartbeat: Our Constitution Rocks!

Learn more about the Constitution.Learn more about the Constitution.

Is it really important for the next generation to understand the U.S. Constitution? Fourteen-year-old Juliette Turner thinks so! This week on Home School Heartbeat, she shares with host Mike Farris why she was inspired to write Our Constitution Rocks!—a book for kids and adults! Read more >>

5. Parental Rights: Call Congress to Action!

Please call on Congress this week and next to sign on to HJRes. 50, the Parental Rights Amendment. Read more and register >>

6. Get Teacher Training at HSLDA

Take Friday, October 18, off from school as a teacher’s day and join us at Patrick Henry College for high school training. Online registration and information is available on our website. We’ll look forward to seeing you there! Read more and register >>

7. Special Needs Conference to Inform, Inspire

Come hear HSLDA Special Needs Consultant Faith Berens October 5, 2013, at the JoyQuest Struggling Learner Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Faith will join speakers Carol Barnier and Melinda Boring in a day of lectures and workshops meant to encourage and inform families facing educational challenges. Read more >>

8. Essay Contest Guidelines Posted

As promised, the 2013 HSLDA Essay Contest themes have been posted online. There is also information for a free writing resource the HSLDA Store is offering to all essay contest participants. Read more >>

9. eBay Sales Now Benefit Homeschoolers

Do you sell on eBay? If so, you’ll be pleased to learn that the Home School Foundation, the charitable arm of HSLDA, is officially registered with eBay Giving Works! Sellers can now designate a portion or all of a sale to HSF, and any eBay user has the option of making a direct donation to HSF through eBay Giving Works. Read more >>

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

10. 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 >>

11. 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!




Great deal on SAT Prep!Great deal on SAT Prep!

Legislation in Your State

If you live in Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Washington, Wisconsin, or West Virginia, click on the name of your state or the link below to learn about legislation that could affect your freedom to homeschool.

State Legislation

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Outside news items on home education

September 16: WTOP, Washington, D.C. Good to Go: Is Homeschooling Right for Your Family?

September 11: KSL-TV Channel 5, Salt Lake City, Utah Homeschool Parents Question Common Core Reach

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