Originally Sent: 7/7/2015

HSLDA's WEEKLY UPDATE
July 7, 2015
   
    
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10
   

The work of defending homeschool families continues.
Michael P. Farris

  1. Half-Baked Truancy Charges Dismissed in Court
  2. Threatened Adoption Subsidy Continues after HSLDA Intervenes
  3. ESEA Reauthorization 2015: The Nuts and Bolts for Homeschoolers
  4. Legislature Passes “Individual Education Act”
  5. Share Your Family’s Favorite Homeschool Stories
  6. Home School Heartbeat: Build a Top-Notch Curriculum
  7. Help With Homeschooling Basics and Beyond
  8. Vacation or Stay-cation, There’s Always Plenty to Shoot!
  9. Online Academy Free Shipping Starts Next Week
  10. PSAT Registration for College-Bound Teens
  11. Camp Features Once-in-a-Lifetime Events
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1. Wisconsin: Half-Baked Truancy Charges Dismissed in Court

Five months after a school district wrongly cited a homeschooling family for violating a local truancy ordinance, the prosecutor dropped the charges. Read more >>

2. Missouri: Threatened Adoption Subsidy Continues after HSLDA Intervenes

An outdated policy led to a homeschool family being told they could no longer receive adoption subsidies for their special needs teen. Read more >>

3. ESEA Reauthorization 2015: The Nuts and Bolts for Homeschoolers

Both the House and Senate bills reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 protect homeschoolers. HSLDA is watching Congress to make sure it stays that way. Read more >>

4. Tennessee: Legislature Passes “Individual Education Act”

Governor Bill Haslam has approved legislation creating the Individual Education Act to provide funds to parents for the payment of expenses of nonpublic education for their children with disabilities. Read more >>

5. Share Your Family’s Favorite Homeschool Stories

Share your family's homeschooling stories.

For decades, HSLDA’s Home School Court Report has featured heartwarming anecdotes from homeschool families alongside our coverage of legal issues across the states. Now we need you to share your family’s favorite homeschool stories! Email them to ComDept@hslda.org. If your story is published, you will receive a $10 coupon to the HSLDA Store.

6. Home School Heartbeat: Build a Top-Notch Curriculum

Build a top-notch curriculum

Homeschooling is a diverse category, and there are as many different methods as there are homeschoolers. Today on Home School Heartbeat, author Debra Bell identifies a few key components of a successful homeschool education. Listen to the program >>

7. Help with Homeschooling Basics and Beyond

Join HSLDA Toddlers to Tweens Consultant Vicki Bentley as she presents a one-day symposium entitled Basics & Beyond for Homeschooling Toddlers to Tweens on Saturday, August 8. The event will be held at HSLDA in Purcellville, VA, and the sessions include Getting Started, Choosing Curriculum, Multi-Level Teaching, and Time Management for Busy Homeschoolers, plus a fast-paced, interactive session and question-and-answer time. Learn more and register >>

8. Vacation or Stay-cation, There’s Always Plenty to Shoot!

HSLDA invites children ages 7–19 to participate in its 11th annual photography contest! This exciting contest was modeled to assist students in developing their visual arts skills and give them the opportunity to exhibit their work, perhaps for the first time! View contest guidelines >>

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9. Online Academy Free Shipping Starts Next Week

Register for HSLDA Online Academy courses just in time to receive free shipping on your books! July 13–19, receive free shipping on any order over $99 from the HSLDA Online Academy bookstore. Don’t wait, sign up your student for courses today! View course offerings and book lists >>

10. PSAT Registration for College-Bound Teens

Does your teen plan to take the October 2015 PSAT? Register by visiting the guidance counselor’s office at a local public or private high school before August. Most schools are very willing to accommodate homeschoolers. Use the PSAT state-specific homeschool code to ensure that your teen’s test score is sent directly to you. Members may call or email HSLDA’s high school consultants for more information.

11. Camp Features Once-in-a-Lifetime Events

GenJ camp can change your teen's life.

This year a conversation with Dr. James Dobson and staying aboard a World War II battleship are a part of Generation Joshua’s iGovern leadership camps. iGovern West in Colorado Springs will feature a trip to Dr. Dobson’s Family Talk headquarters for lunch and a question-and-answer time. iGovern Pacific in Hawaii will include a visit to Pearl Harbor where we will stay one night onboard the battleship USS Missouri. It is not too late to sign up. Go online for more information or call (877) 338-8803.

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Can You Look at the Clouds and Tell the Direction of the Wind?

An interesting phenomenon of wind is that it can blow in multiple directions at the same time, at different heights from the ground. But usually there is a prevailing wind. HSLDA watches the gusts and monitors the prevailing trends of change in the legal climate of home education. So no matter which way the wind is blowing, we’re there to protect your family.

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