Originally Sent: 7/29/2014

July 29, 2014
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10

HSLDA pledges to fight against homeschool discrimination.
Michael P. Farris

  1. Common Core State Standards Rejected
  2. Happy Mom Hears “Not a Peep from the School Board!”
  3. Aspiring Teacher Told to Get GED
  4. Discrimination Issue Solved in Favor of Homeschool Family
  5. Home School Heartbeat: Teaching History with Family Heritage
  6. Join Us Online or in Person for Common Core Discussion
  7. Register Now for High School and Struggling Learners’ Symposium
  8. NEW Patrick Henry College Scholarship Opportunity
  9. Last Chance to Submit Contest Photos
  10. Latest Study Released!

1. North Carolina: Common Core State Standards Rejected

North Carolina became the 10th state to reject Common Core academic standards and testing when the governor signed Senate Bill 812. Read more >>

2. West Virginia: Happy Mom Hears “Not a Peep from the School Board!”

Public school officials were silenced and a new homeschool mom was happy after HSLDA intervened to confront unconstitutional “waiting period” requirements. Read more >>

3. Michigan: Aspiring Teacher Told to Get GED

Questions about accreditation threatened to keep a homeschool graduate from completing courses at a teacher education institute—six years after she finished high school. HSLDA helped resolve the situation. Read more >>

4. California: Discrimination Issue Solved in Favor of Homeschool Family

When an insurance company tried to deny a discount by questioning the legitimacy of a homeschooler’s report card, HSLDA intervened. Read more >>

5. Home School Heartbeat: Teaching History with Family Heritage

Teaching history as family heritage.

Teaching your family history is a great way to make the past come alive for your children! Join us this week on Home School Heartbeat as host Mike Smith explores some creative ways to weave your family and cultural heritage into your homeschool program. Read more >>

6. Join Us Online or in Person for Common Core Discussion

The Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., will host a Common Core panel discussion July 30 featuring Sandra Stotsky, Emmett McGroarty, and HSLDA Director of Federal Relations Will Estrada. These experts will discuss the current status of the Common Core and what homeschoolers and other concerned citizens can do to defeat this attempt at nationalized education policy. Attend in person at FRC’s national office or online. Learn more and register >>

7. Register Now for High School and Struggling Learners’ Symposium

HSLDA’s high school and struggling needs consultants will present a one-day symposium for parents teaching high school at home on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Choose from multiple seminars and breakout sessions that include time for questions and answers. Parents with children in 6th-8th grades will also benefit. Register online and check out the agenda >>

Help families in need -- give to the homeschool curriculum fund.

8. NEW Patrick Henry College Scholarship Opportunity

Starting in fall 2014, when you take online AP courses through PHC Prep Academy, every tuition dollar you spend will be matched with a Patrick Henry College tuition scholarship. In other words, you get to use your PHC Prep Academy tuition money twice: once in high school, once in college! Learn more >>

9. Last Chance to Submit Contest Photos

Time is running out for homeschoolers ages 7-19 to submit entries to the 2014 HSLDA photo contest. Students have until August 1 to send in creative pictures of things that are “Interesting,” “Memorable,” or “Ordinary.” Make it a fun teaching moment as you talk with your children about noticing and appreciating the small and big things in life! For guidelines and entry form >>

10. Latest Study Released!

The latest Bible book study in the Sword Study series, the top-selling family discipleship tool for the home, has been released and is now available for use in your home. The 5 different levels (for ages 4-adult) can be obtained online at SwordStudy.org or ordered from your local Christian bookstore. Find out more here.

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Outside news items on home education

July 27: Bangalore Mirror, Bangalore, India Mom is also the Dean

July 26: KOLO-TV Channel 8, Reno, Nevada 12-Year-Old Boy Headed To College After “Years” Of Homeschooling

July 23: Tulsa World, Tulsa, Oklahoma Learning Doesn’t Stop During Summer for Homeschoolers

July 23: ChristianNews.net Group Warns UN Treaty on Persons with Disabilities Can Override Will of Parents

July 23: The Black Star, Atlanta, Georgia Many African-Americans Choosing to Homeschool Children

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