Originally Sent: 7/28/2015

July 28, 2015
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10

Attacks against parental rights can come from almost any quarter.
Michael P. Farris

  1. Immunization Rules Tightened
  2. Welding School Admits Homeschool Graduate
  3. Homeschoolers Can Skip State Testing
  4. Home School Heartbeat: Teaching with Film
  5. New Algebra 1 Class Times with HSLDA Online Academy!
  6. Help Undecided Teens Determine Career Directions
  7. Struggling Learner Conference August 8—Register Now
  8. Learn Homeschool Basics (and More) in 1 Week
  9. Last Chance to Enter Photo Contest
Be a blessing to single parents who are homeschooling.

1. Connecticut: Immunizations Rules Tightened

Governor Dannel Malloy has signed into law a bill which creates administrative burdens for parents claiming a religious exemption from state-required childhood immunizations. Read more >>

2. Oklahoma: Welding School Admits Homeschool Graduate

HSLDA helped a homeschool family show that homeschool graduates should be treated as any other graduate. Together we were able to persuade a vocational school to accept the family’s son both as a student and as a high school graduate. Read more >>

3. Indiana: Homeschoolers Can Skip State Testing

A homeschool teen participating in public school sports and choir was told that she also had to take the Indiana state test. HSLDA pointed out that state law makes no such requirement and that she must be allowed to continue her activities. Read more >>

4. Home School Heartbeat: Teaching with Film

Teaching with film.

Is your child a budding screenwriter or film director, but you’re just not sure how to encourage his or her dream? Stay tuned, because today on Home School Heartbeat, your host Mike Farris and his guest Micheal Flaherty provide some guidance for kids interested in filmmaking. Listen to the program >>

5. New Algebra 1 Class Times with HSLDA Online Academy!

Good news! HSLDA Online Academy has announced new class meeting times for Algebra 1! Live class sessions are now available 4–5 and 8–9 p.m. Mondays (ET) and 1–2 p.m. Tuesdays (ET). Don’t wait! Classes are filling up quickly, and registration ends August 12. Learn more about Algebra 1 >>

6. Help Undecided Teens Determine Career Direction

For teens unsure about their post high-school plans, finishing high school and entering the workforce may seem unconnected. Watch this short video for resources to help teens find and pursue a career suited to their gifts and talents. Take advantage of career/aptitude testing services and job shadowing opportunities. HSLDA members can direct more questions about careers to Carol Becker and Diane Kummer, HSLDA’s high school consultants.

7. Struggling Learner Conference August 8—Register Now

HSLDA is pleased to partner with JoyQuest and sponsor the first Midwest Struggling Learner Conference! This event is packed with valuable information meant to encourage and support you in your homeschooling journey. Featured speakers include Steve Demme, Carol Brown, and Faith Berens, along with others. Learn more and register >>

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8. Learn Homeschool Basics (and More) in 1 Week

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 >>

9. Last Chance to Enter Photo Contest

HSLDA invites children ages 7–19 to participate in its 11th annual Photography Contest! Entries must be submitted by August 1. View contest guidelines >>

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Outside news items on home education

July 26: Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida Homeschooling Grows in Florida, with Duval at Forefront

July 25: Daily Mail, Nevada, Missouri Homeschool Group Prepares for New Year, Fair

July 24: Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Exploring the World of Homeschooling

July 24: Daily Sentinel, Scottsboro, Alabama Number of Homeschooled Children in U.S. Continues to Grow

July 24: Recorder, Indianapolis, Indiana Homeschool and Online Programs Becoming a Popular Way to Educate

July 23: Catholic Education Daily Homeschooled Students Increase as Concerns over Common Core Remain

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