Originally Sent: 10/1/2013

October 1, 2013
     Mike Farris
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10

The threat to homeschool freedom keeps growing. Read more below.
Michael P. Farris

  1. Controlling Homeschoolers: New Regulations Impose State Testing
  2. School District Seeks Unauthorized Private Information
  3. Home School Heartbeat: The Etiquette Advantage
  4. Get Teacher Training at HSLDA
  5. Special Needs Conference to Inform, Inspire
  6. eBay Sales Now Benefit Homeschoolers
  7. The Annual Essay Contest is Back
  8. 2014 Real Refreshment Retreats

1. Controlling Homeschoolers: New Regulations Impose State Testing

News from around the world shows that as homeschooling grows it attracts the attention of government authorities—attention that is not always positive. Read more >>

2. Wisconsin: School District Seeks Unauthorized Private Information

A school district asked for census information not authorized by state law. HSLDA contacted the district to ask that it stop. Read more >>

3. Home School Heartbeat: The Etiquette Advantage

Importance of good etiquette.Importance of good etiquette.

Good manners are essential to your child’s training, helping him succeed in his interactions with others throughout his life. This week on Home School Heartbeat, get some pointers on teaching manners to your children, as Michael Farris talks with author and etiquette expert June Hines Moore. Read more >>

4. 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 >>

5. 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 >>

Get your graduation gear.Get your graduation gear.

6. 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 >>

7. The Annual Essay Contest is Back!

Go deeper into the school year with HSLDA’s 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. Don’t forget to request our free writing resource! Read more >>

8. 2014 Real Refreshment Retreats

Homeschool moms: Mark your calendars for Apologia’s 2014 “Real Refreshment” retreats. The events feature veteran homeschoolers such as Elizabeth Smith and Zan Tyler offering insight and encouragement. Retreats are scheduled for February 21-22 in Atlanta and March 7-8 in Baltimore. Learn more and register >>

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 29: China Daily, Beijing, China Homeschooling Popular with Chinese Parents

September 29: Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles, California Modern-Day Homeschooling is More Social than It Sounds

September 28: Whittier Daily News, Whittier, California Homeschooling Gets Good Marks from Whittier Area Parents

September 28: The Journal, Harrington, Delaware Eastern Shore Bucks Homeschool Football Team Riding Streak During Inaugural Season

September 28: San Gabriel Valley Tribune, West Covina, California Homeschooling Families Growing in San Gabriel Valley

September 27: The Daily Breeze, Torrance, California Homeschool no Longer Just for the Deeply Religious, Enters Mainstream

September 25: WorldNetDaily.com Frightening New Assault on Homeschooling

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