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  • Florida Homeschool Legislation - ALERT (HSLDA)

    03/05/2007 1:31:14 PM PST · by davidosborne · 42 replies · 857+ views ^ | Today | HSLDA E-lert
    ====================================================================== >From the HSLDA E-lert Service... ====================================================================== Florida: Legislature Poses Danger for Homeschoolers Dear HSLDA members and friends: March 6, 2007, begins this year's legislative session. Many bills have been pre-filed over the past few months, some of which pose a danger to homeschoolers. The purpose of this email is to inform you that these bills exist and to prepare you to respond if a future call to action is needed. We are hoping to stop some of these bills or amend them, but if they are scheduled for a hearing, we will immediately send you an e-lert. > >...
  • Homeschool family told to give up 5 other kids

    02/25/2007 5:27:19 AM PST · by Man50D · 57 replies · 1,845+ views ^ | February 25, 2007 | Bob Unruh
    German authorities who sent 15 uniformed police officers to take custody of a 15-year-old girl who committed the crime of being homeschooled now have suggested a solution that, in their minds, would "resolve" the situation: the parents should give up custody of their other five children. The situation involving Melissa Busekros has been in the headlines ever since the beginning of this month, when the officers arrived at her parents' home with a court order allowing them to take her into custody, "if necessary by force." She had fallen behind in math and Latin, and was being tutored at home....
  • (Colorado) College Admission Discrimination Ended for Homeschoolers

    11/11/2006 3:48:59 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 19 replies · 1,222+ views
    HSLDA ^ | November 9, 2006 | Staff
    For years, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education had in place a policy that applied to all homeschool graduates who were seeking admission into any Colorado state college. This policy was reported to the Home School Legal Defense Association by homeschoolers who believed it was discriminatory. The policy required all state colleges in Colorado to automatically give every homeschool applicants a 3.0 grade point average—no exceptions. It didn’t even matter if a homeschooler’s high school transcript had a grade point average higher than a 3.0; the homeschool student’s high school transcript always showed a 3.0. This automatic designation of a...
  • HSLDA Launches Online Curriculum Market

    09/29/2006 4:50:52 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 12 replies · 573+ views
    Home School Legal Defense Association has launched a new site, HSLDA’s Curriculum Market, for the sale of new and used curriculum and materials specifically related to homeschooling. HSLDA created this site in response to our members’ concerns about the policies of other auction sites that do not allow the sale of teacher or instructor materials (e.g., anything with an answer key). The new site is at Anyone can sell materials on this site. Vendors can sell through auctions, multiple item auctions, bartering, and fixed price sales. If vendors have a lot to sell, they can upload the auction listings...
  • European Human Rights Court Denies Appeal of German Homeschooling Family

    09/28/2006 5:18:44 AM PDT · by cornelis · 23 replies · 486+ views ^ | Sep 27 2006 | Peter J. Smith
    European Human Rights Court Denies Appeal of German Homeschooling Family By Peter J. Smith BRUSSELS, September 27, 2006 ( – The European Court of Human Rights gave another setback to German homeschoolers by affirming that the interests of the State trump the rights of parents to educate their children. Yesterday, the Court denied a request from the parents of Joshua and Rebekka Konrad to rule Germany’s ban on homeschooling violates their human rights as parents to educate their own children under the European Convention on Human Rights. Fritz and Marianna Konrad filed the human rights complaint in November 2003...
  • Romanian Homeschoolers Move Forward with Help from America

    09/13/2006 2:07:23 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 2 replies · 248+ views
    Homeschool Legal Defense Association ^ | September 12, 2006 | Staff
    The Romanian Homeschool Association was established a few years ago by a homeschool father and pastor, Gabriel Curcubet. Gabriel is often referred to by those who support the association as “Gabor.” Gabor has worked tirelessly with Chris Klicka, Senior Counsel of HSLDA, to find a way that homeschoolers in Romania can homeschool legally. Currently, the law does not specifically allow for homeschooling. However, homeschoolers have united with Gabor’s national homeschool association to have a “legal covering.” At this point, the homeschoolers have been left alone since the authorities believe they have accountability with Gabor’s homeschool association. Gabor’s Romanian Homeschool Association...
  • Officials Visit Homeschool Families Demanding to See Curriculum (Illinois)

    09/12/2006 4:16:56 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 125 replies · 2,918+ views
    Homeschool Legal Defense Association ^ | September 11, 2006 | Staff
    A few weeks ago an Illinois member received a visit from school officials in the Franklin/Williamson District. They stated that they were visiting all the homeschoolers in the area, requesting that each homeschool family fill out a form to register their homeschool with the state. Our member knew better then to fill out the form and sent the officials away. Apparently, however, the school officials were not satisfied with our member’s response to their first visit. They came back after having consulted with the school’s attorney on the matter, but this time with a truant officer. The truant officer stated...
  • Homeschoolers, have you joined the Homeschool Legal Defense Association yet?

    07/03/2006 3:12:34 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 32 replies · 612+ views
    Hey everyone, given recent circumstances my Mom had to deal with, I thought I'd open it up for discussion and ask you all: Are you a member of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)? Recently, the public school system in our county sent a letter stating that public, private and home schools are subject to examination by the public school system. Mom knew that wasn't kosher, and sent an inquiry to HSLDA. They responded rather promptly, with a letter addressed to the Superintendent, explaning why the specific statute they attempted to cite does NOT authorize the action they spoke of,...
  • Parents delivering quality education

    06/26/2006 11:33:43 AM PDT · by JZelle · 85 replies · 1,220+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 26, 2006 | Michael Smith
    Home-schooling is thriving across the country as more parents choose to take personal responsibility for their children's education. The rapid growth of home-schooling caused home-school critic Rob Reich to say in the April 18 issue of Family Circle magazine, that "today everyone knows someone who's home-schooling." As a result of the growth of home-schooling, more people are coming into contact with home-schooled children. Consequently, it is likely that home-schooling will continue to gain acceptance as a viable education alternative.
  • Belgian Government Prosecuting Homeschool Family for Political Dissent

    06/16/2006 10:49:33 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 25 replies · 942+ views ^ | June 15, 2006 | Hilary White
    Paul Belien predicted in May of this year that he would be under a legal assault from the extreme left Belgian ruling party. Now Belien is indeed being prosecuted by the Belgian government, for the “crime” of homeschooling his children. His wife, Alexandra Colen writing in Brussels Journal said her husband was detained and interrogated by Brussels police on Wednesday. He was told that his offence was homeschooling his five children, four of whom are now in university. Colen said her husband was told that, as a homeschooler, Belien has “not adequately educated his children,” which constitutes the criminal offence...
  • Brussels Journal Editor Threatened with Prosecution over Homeschooling

    06/15/2006 8:45:21 AM PDT · by aculeus · 46 replies · 2,449+ views
    Brussels Journal ^ | June 15, 2006 | Alexandra Colen
    Yesterday my husband Paul Belien, the editor of this website, was summoned to the police station and interrogated. He was told that the Belgian authorities are of the opinion that, as a homeschooler, he has not adequately educated his children and, hence, is neglecting his duty as a parent, which is a criminal offence. The Ministry of Education has asked the judiciary to press charges and the judiciary told the police to investigate and take down his statement. It appears that the Belgian authorities are again considering prosecution – the second time in barely two months. This time the claim...
  • U.N. making homeschooling illegal?

    05/27/2006 8:21:11 AM PDT · by Firefigher NC · 25 replies · 1,051+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 5/27/2006
    A U.N. treaty conferring rights to children could make homeschooling illegal in the U.S. even though the Senate has not ratified it, a homeschooling association warns. Michael Farris, chairman and general counsel of the Home School Legal Defense Association, or HSLDA, believes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child could be binding on U.S. citizens because of activist judges, reports LifeSite News. Farris said that according to a new interpretation of "customary international law," some U.S. judges have ruled the convention applies to American parents. "In the 2002 case of Beharry v. Reno, one federal court said...
  • U.N. making homeschooling illegal?

    05/26/2006 10:44:18 PM PDT · by peggybac · 135 replies · 2,601+ views
    U.N. treaty conferring rights to children could make homeschooling illegal in the U.S. even though the Senate has not ratified it, a homeschooling association warns. Michael Farris, chairman and general counsel of the Home School Legal Defense Association, or HSLDA, believes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child could be binding on U.S. citizens because of activist judges, reports LifeSite News. Farris said that according to a new interpretation of "customary international law," some U.S. judges have ruled the convention applies to American parents. "In the 2002 case of Beharry v. Reno, one federal court said that...
  • International Law Threatens Home Schooling Warns Home School Legal Defense

    05/25/2006 4:09:21 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 51 replies · 1,807+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/25/06 | Terry Vanderheyden
    PURCELLVILLE, Virginia, May 25, 2006 ( - A home schooling association is warning that the U.S., and even more so other countries, faces the threat that home schooling may be deemed illegal due to international law.The Home School Legal Defense Association's (HSLDA) Chairman and General Counsel, Michael Farris, warns that even though the U.S. has never ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the convention may still be binding on citizens because of activist judges.According to a new "interpretation" of what is known as "customary international law," some U.S. judges have ruled that, even though...
  • None Dare Call It Socialism

    05/17/2006 12:23:05 PM PDT · by Sopater · 78 replies · 1,379+ views
    HOME SCHOOL LEGAL DEFENSE ASSOCIATION ^ | May 9, 2006 | Home School Legal Defense Association
    Homeschoolers believe that parents generally provide the best care for children, so when the Wyoming legislature started working on a "Quality Child Care Initiative" this year, homeschoolers got involved. The legislators made quite a few changes as they tried to find some compromise between people who put parents first and those who see the government as the answer to everything. The new law established a "Legislative Oversight Committee" to oversee progress. The Governor appointed a joint task force of the Department of Family Services and the Department of Workforce to make some initial assessments. On Friday, April 28, the Legislative...
  • Homeschool Graduates Considered ‘Preferred Enlistees’ In Armed Services

    01/22/2006 7:31:43 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 144 replies · 2,068+ views
    After a long struggle, the military has now fully opened the door to homeschoolers. Homeschool graduates who desire a career with any of the four branches of the Armed Services are being treated as "preferred enlistees." This means that homeschool graduates who enlist in the military will be treated as Tier I candidates even though their formal status will remain Tier II. As a result of this change, homeschoolers will receive the same educational benefits, cash bonuses, and available positions in the Armed Services as any of their peers. Homeschool graduates are now able to compete on an equal footing...
  • More black families choosing to home-school

    12/12/2005 11:10:42 AM PST · by JZelle · 8 replies · 453+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-11-05 | Zinie Chen Sampson
    RICHMOND -- Denise Armstrong decided to home-school her two sons and daughter because she thought she could do a better job of instilling her values in her children than the public school system could. Years ago, she found herself the lone black person at home-education gatherings, usually dominated by white Christian evangelicals. But gradually, she has noticed more black people joining the ranks. "I've been delighted to be running into people in the African-American home-schooling community," Mrs. Armstrong said. "I noticed, looking around the home-schooling convention at that vast sea of people and seeing more people of color." The increase...
  • NEA teaches a lesson in exclusion

    09/12/2005 11:37:57 AM PDT · by JZelle · 43 replies · 1,199+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-12-05 | Kate Tsubata
    I was surprised to read that the National Education Association passed a resolution at its recent Los Angeles convention to exclude home-schoolers from participation in extracurricular activities in public schools. The article I read went on to say that the NEA opposes parents home schooling their children unless they are state-licensed teachers and use a state-approved curriculum. Naturally, I found this quite unbelievable. Considering the high scores posted by home-schoolers on nationwide tests, the stellar achievements of home-schoolers on nationwide academic competitions, and the accomplishments of home-schoolers in college and the work force, I would have assumed that those interested...
  • Washington Times Op-ed – A New Generation of Moral Leadership [Praises homeschoolers]

    05/30/2005 8:53:29 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 19 replies · 695+ views
    Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) ^ | May 23, 2005 | J. Michael Smith
    Can the culture survive? Is there hope that a new generation will restore a moral framework and return America to its founding principles? Fortunately, there is a growing generation that holds firmly to a Christian worldview and desires that freedom and liberty flourish in America. On May 14, 50 students graduated from Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va. PHC is a four-year undergraduate Christian college that opened its doors in 2000. The new graduates join 61 PHC alumni. Why open another private college? Even among the growing numbers of religiously based colleges, PHC is unique. The focus on academic excellence...
  • Home School Legal Defense Assoc. WEEKLY UPDATE

    05/10/2005 4:02:55 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 2 replies · 526+ views
    ====================================================================== Topics for May 10, 2005 1. Victory - Department of Justice Drops Appeal 2. HSLDA Defends Family from Intrusive Special Education Evaluation 3. Standing on Guard 4. How to Increase the Influence of Homeschoolers 5. Home School Heartbeat - Vocation 6. Generation Joshua - Templeton Essay Contest Plus: Homeschooling in the News 1. Victory - Department of Justice Drops Appeal In a surprise move that thrilled HSLDA, the United States Department of Justice decided to drop its appeal of a decision by the Veterans' Court of Appeals, upholding a ruling favorable to homeschoolers. Read more about it at:
  • Upstart Virginia team beats Oxford in debate

    03/19/2005 8:35:21 PM PST · by This Just In · 37 replies · 1,130+ views
    The Home School Court Report | January/February 2005 | Sarah Hoffman and Gary Emerling
    England's Oxford University is widely known for producing some of the world's best debaters, such as British Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. But last weekend, the school's moot court team was defeated by two former home-schoolers from a small Virginia college named after American Revolution patriot and orator Patrick Henry. Matt du Mee, 22, and Rayel Papke, 21, who attend Patrick Henry College, pulled off a victory against their British competitors in the first moot court tournament between one of the world's most renowned universities and the 4-year-old Christian college in Purcellville. Andrew Graham, master of Balliol College...
  • Homeschooling Under Fire in 2005 Legislative Sessions

    02/09/2005 8:20:55 AM PST · by hsmomx3 · 74 replies · 3,200+ views
    Homeschoolers in several states are faced with aggressive attempts to take away their freedom. HSLDA and homeschool families are fighting back. The majority of state legislatures have started their 2005 session, and not surprisingly the regulation of homeschooling has been a hot issue. Several states have introduced bills that would restrict the freedom to homeschool. Attempts to Impose State Assessments on Homeschools For example, both New Mexico and South Dakota filed bills that would force homeschool students to take state-selected standardized tests in the public school or under the supervision of a certified teacher. These bills violate a federal prohibition...
  • College adds Journalism [Patrick Henry College]

    10/17/2004 10:35:16 AM PDT · by lainie · 10 replies · 570+ views
    This summer, Patrick Henry College Dean of Academic Affairs Paul Bonicelli announced that Journalism will be added as a new major to the academic program. Previously, Journalism was offered as a track within the Government major. Because of the importance of journalism as a course of study in its own right, the major is now being instituted as a stand-alone program. The new major's purpose is to prepare students to be outstanding journalists. Objectives include: Apply a biblical worldview to the study and practice of journalism. Understand how news media interact with and shape contemporary culture and politics. Demonstrate professional...
  • Homeschoolers hit campaign trail; GOP leader: 'By far, the best grass-roots workers in the nation'

    09/13/2004 10:17:48 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 11 replies · 900+ views ^ | Tuesday, September 14, 2004 | Art Moore
    Tuesday, September 14, 2004 ELECTION 2004Homeschoolershit campaign trailGOP leader: 'By far, the best grass-roots workers in the nation' Posted: September 14, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern By Art Moore © 2004 As labor unions once again mobilize activists to campaign for Democratic candidates, a small, but increasingly potent grass-roots force on the other side of the political spectrum is emerging from the burgeoning homeschool movement. Students campaigned for GOP candidate Jay Dickey in Arkansas two years ago. The army of eager teen activists is called Generation Joshua, a program launched this year by the Virginia-based Home School Legal Defense Association. Generation Joshua director...
  • Education in Other Free Countries (Germany)

    09/02/2004 3:50:56 AM PDT · by aardvark1 · 9 replies · 763+ views
    Home School Legal Defense Association ^ | Sept. 1, 2004 | Chris Klicka
    German Family Flees Country to Stop Government from Taking Custody A few weeks ago, a German homeschool family escaped to Central America, just ahead of a judge who wanted to take custody of their school-aged child. A social worker helped the family escape by warning the family of the judge's intent and delaying the paperwork. German Homeschoolers Escape to Austria Another German homeschool family had to flee to Austria. The judge, after being informed that the family had already left (even though he possessed documents including the registration of the child in question at the local school in Austria), went...
  • Mike Farris (Home School Legal Defense Association) to Appear on Fox News Tomorrow

    08/04/2004 3:08:14 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 6 replies · 627+ views
    HSLDA email alert | Ian Slatter
    Dear HSLDA members and friends: HSLDA Chairman and General Counsel Mike Farris is scheduled to appear on Fox News tomorrow, Thursday, August 5th at 11:40am ET. * The U.S. Department of Education's National Center of Education Statistics estimates that there were 1.1 million homeschool children in 2003. This is a 29% increase from the last NCES estimate of 850,000 in 1999. Everyone agrees that homeschooling is growing rapidly and homeschool graduates are succeeding in all walks of life. Homeschooling is a trend which is here to stay. Mike Farris plans to comment on the growth and success of homeschooling in...
  • HSLDA Defends Civil Rights of Homeschoolers

    07/30/2004 5:15:34 AM PDT · by aardvark1 · 10 replies · 879+ views
    On the evening of July 9 the H family from Tulsa County was minding their own business at home when there was a knock at the door. The mother answered. It was a social worker who insisted on entering the home and interviewing the children. The mother immediately called HSLDA's emergency number which was answered by Senior Counsel Christopher Klicka. Klicka asked to talk to the social worker but the social worker refused. Due to the refusal of the social worker to communicate he began instructing the mother on her rights and also giving her statements to relay to the...
  • Baptist resolution gets critical endorsement: Homeschool organization pushes plan

    06/09/2004 12:53:26 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 172+ views ^ | Wednesday, June 9, 2004
    Baptist resolution gets critical endorsementHomeschool organization pushes plan to shun government education Posted: June 9, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 The Home School Legal Defense Association, or HSLDA, has endorsed a resolution before the Southern Baptist Convention that would direct its members to yank their children out of public schools and either homeschool them or send them to Christian schools. As WorldNetDaily reported, the resolution, introduced by activists T.C. Pinckney and Bruce Shortt, asks "all officers and members of the Southern Baptist Convention and the churches associated with it to remove their children from the government schools and see to it...
  • Governor Warner Amends Homeschool Freedom Bill

    05/20/2004 9:13:20 AM PDT · by LadyShallott · 28 replies · 244+ views
    HSLDA ^ | May 19, 2004
    Despite the hundreds of calls, e-mails and the lobbying efforts of HEAV and HSLDA, Governor Warner removed our high school option in HB 675 and wrote his own option. Senator Potts, the chairman of the education committee, and Senator Houck, a leading Democrat along with the Lt. Governor, all urged Governor Warner to sign the bill, but to no avail. Governor Warner's convoluted amendment is unacceptable, so we are urging everyone to call their Delegate and Senator Monday and Tuesday to kill Warner's amendment on Wednesday. We only need simply a majority in one house to kill his amendments. Governor...
  • Restrictive Homeschool Legislation to be introduced Thursday (NJ)

    01/06/2004 3:40:54 PM PST · by agrace · 158 replies · 1,500+ views
    email | 1/6/03 | Scott Woodruff, HSLDA staff attorney
    <p>From the HSLDA E-lert Service...</p> <p>A bill that would force New Jersey homeschool children to submit to the same statewide assessment tests required of public school students, and force their parents to give the local school board proof the student had received an annual medical examination, is set to be introduced in the New Jersey legislature this Thursday.</p>
  • Last Step for Homeschool Freedom Bill

    03/22/2004 4:39:35 AM PST · by LadyShallott · 10 replies · 115+ views
    HSLDA ^ | March19,2004
    Homeschoolers in Virginia have actively lobbied on behalf of HB 675, which ends the baccalaureate degree requirement. As a result, this bill passed the Virginia House and Senate! We are now waiting for the Governor's signature. The Governor has not stated his official position on HB 675, and HSLDA is encouraging member families in Virginia to send a letter to his office asking him to sign the bill (the bill will become law whether he signs it or not, as long as he does not veto it). We do not know when the Governor will act on this. It could...
  • Anti-Homeschool Bill Defeated in Idaho(would have made homeschooling a crime)

    03/22/2004 4:52:51 AM PST · by LadyShallott · 53 replies · 366+ views
    HSLDA ^ | Feb. 24 2004
    Idaho homeschoolers came out in full force and soundly defeated a bill that would have threatened homeschool freedom. S.B. 1233 would have made any home educating parent who fails "to place the child in school . . . or to have the child comparably instructed . . ." automatically guilty of a misdemeanor crime. Currently, the law states that if a parent is suspected of failing to provide comparable instruction, proceedings would be brought against the parent under the same Act under which the juvenile charges were brought against the child. This system has worked effectively for decades by giving...
  • Dangers of Homeschooling in PA (My title)

    03/18/2004 3:47:17 AM PST · by aardvark1 · 65 replies · 411+ views
    HSLDA’s Emergency Appeal Denied By Pennsylvania Supreme Court In a situation very similar to the Stumbo case in North Carolina, an over-zealous social worker in Pennsylvania is causing serious legal problems for the Gauthiers, an HSLDA member family. In mid-February, Mr. and Mrs. Gauthier took their infant daughter Isis to the hospital because she was listless and had a slight fever. Apparently because they did not immediately follow the doctor’s recommendation, the parents were reported to social services for possible medical neglect. While their daughter was lying in ICU, several social workers interrogated both parents at the hospital. After Mr....
  • George Bush's secret army (Why Democrats Hate, and Fear, Home Schooled Kids)

    03/17/2004 6:38:11 AM PST · by gobucks · 213 replies · 4,184+ views
    Economist ^ | March 17th 2004 | Economist
    A revolution is happening in American education. As it grows in size, it should frighten teachers everywhere. Just how bad are American schools? And how deeply do conservative Americans distrust their government? One answer to both these questions is provided by the growth of home-schooling. As many as 2m American students—one in 25—may now be being taught at home. The growth of home-schooling is all the more remarkable when you consider two facts. The first is the commitment of the parents. They give up not just a free public education, but also often the chance of a second income as...
  • HomeSchool Alert, NJ, Cosmetology Board Postpones Decision on Homeschooled Graduate's License

    03/16/2004 9:17:48 PM PST · by Coleus · 18 replies · 840+ views
    HSLDA | 03.15.04
    New Jersey--Letters Needed--Cosmetology Board Postpones Decision Dear HSLDA members and friends: On Tuesday, March 9, the New Jersey Cosmetology Board postponed a decision whether to allow homeschool graduate Laura Byrne to take the cosmetology examination she needs for her license. Sherrill Byrne, Laura's Mom, spoke to the Board for about twenty minutes and carefully explained the high school program that Laura had received. She even offered the Board four years worth of lesson plans. Although the Board certainly had enough information to decide on the spot to allow Laura to take the test, they postponed their decision.  The Board indicated...
  • HSLDA Files Emergency Appeal in Pennsylvania

    03/12/2004 10:29:21 AM PST · by hsmomx3 · 10 replies · 156+ views
    email alert ^ | James R. Mason, III
    Dear HSLDA members and friends: In a situation very similar to the Stumbo case in North Carolina, an over-zealous social worker in Pennsylvania is causing serious legal problems for the Gauthiers, an HSLDA member family. In mid-February, Mr. and Mrs. Gauthier took their infant daughter Isis to the hospital because she was listless and had a slight fever. Apparently because they did not immediately follow the doctor's recommendation, the parents were reported to social services for possible medical neglect. While their daughter was lying in ICU, several social workers interrogated both parents at the hospital. After Mr. and Mrs. Gauthier...
  • College for the Home-Schooled Is Shaping Leaders for the Right

    03/07/2004 9:33:02 PM PST · by Pikamax · 75 replies · 619+ views
    College for the Home-Schooled Is Shaping Leaders for the Right By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK URCELLVILLE, Va. — As one of 12 siblings taught at home by their parents in St. Croix Falls, Wis., Abram Olmstead knew he would fit right in at Patrick Henry College, the first college primarily for evangelical Christian home-schoolers. But what really sold him was the school's pipeline into conservative politics. Of the nearly 100 interns working in the White House this semester, 7 are from the roughly 240 students enrolled in the four-year-old Patrick Henry College, in Purcellville. An eighth intern works for the president's...
  • Ky Legislature proposes mew homeschooling regulations

    03/01/2004 5:49:44 PM PST · by Kentucky · 7 replies · 234+ views
    From the HSLDA E-lert Service... ====================================================================== February 26, 2004 Kentucky--"Voluntary" Certification of Homeschoolers in Kentucky Dear HSLDA members and friends: HSLDA has monitored many efforts to regulate or prohibit homeschooling over the last 20 years, but Representative Kathy Stein has come up with a whole new twist. House Bill 610 would require the Kentucky Board of Education to draft regulations to "establish a voluntary in-state certification process for home schools." It is not clear whether any homeschoolers have requested a "voluntary" certification process, so this proposal is causing homeschool leaders to wonder about the real agenda behind this bill. We...
  • Home School Legal Defense Assoc: NBC's Law & Order SVU Smears Homeschooling

    02/18/2004 2:43:26 PM PST · by hsmomx3 · 23 replies · 234+ views
    On February 17 NBC's 'Law and Order - Special Victims Unit' - a legal drama produced by Universal TV Productions - aired a show about homeschooling. It portrayed homeschooling as a cover for child abuse. Needless to say NBC and Universal were unconcerned about offending hundreds of thousands of honest, law-abiding homeschool families. For over twenty years modern homeschoolers have fought successfully against negative stereotypes. Homeschool critics are now desperate and have resorted to equating homeschooling with child abuse - an extremely rare occurrence in comparison to children in the public school setting. Regrettably NBC and Universal have succeeded in...
  • Home School Legal Defense Assoc. Senior Counsel Testifies Before Congress

    02/04/2004 10:16:21 AM PST · by hsmomx3 · 9 replies · 134+ views
    For 20 years, HSLDA has been on the front lines to protect innocent homeschoolers from being traumatized at the hands of social workers pursuing anonymous tips. On January 28, Chris Klicka, Senior Counsel of HSLDA had the chance to inform Congress of this ongoing problem. He testified before the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means. The chairman, Representative Wally Herger, verbally indicated his interest in the issue at the hearing. The Committee was considering ways to reform the child welfare system in light of recent publicized social worker failures involving abused children. Most...
  • WHY HR2732/SB1562 SHOULD BE DEFEATED (Homeschoolers)

    01/13/2004 8:15:17 PM PST · by StarCMC · 15 replies · 164+ views
    SUMMARY OF REASONS WHY HR2732/SB1562 AND ANY OTHER FEDERAL LEGISLATION SHOULD BE DEFEATED Any empowerment of the federal government to "regulate" homeschooling, even if such "regulation" seeks to assist homeschoolers, is improper and impermissible under the U.S. Constitution. The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution clearly states that any powers not specifically delegated to the federal government within the Constitution are reserved to the States and to the people. The Constitution does not specifically delegate the power to regulate education in any aspect to the federal government. Any power to regulate education is reserved to the States and to the people....
  • Social Worker Union Cites Homeschooling as Contributing to Child Abuse at Congressional Hearing

    11/13/2003 10:53:23 AM PST · by hsmomx3 · 52 replies · 856+ views
    On Thursday, November 6, 2003, the Human Resources Subcommittee of the United States House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee, held a hearing to examine "a recent failure to protect child safety". The hearing was to investigate an alleged child abuse case in New Jersey involving the starvation of a family's adopted children and the subsequent dismissal of social workers who had been investigating the family but missed the alleged abuse. Accountability was the Committee's focus since in 2002, federal taxpayers provided the states $3.1 billion to support children in adoptive and foster settings, and an additional $2.8 billion in...
  • President Bush Shows Strong Pro-Life Beliefs in Private Meetings

    11/07/2003 4:59:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 108 replies · 336+ views ^ | November 7, 2003 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Shortly before and after President Bush signed the ban on partial-birth abortions Wednesday, two groups of pro-life advocates met with him privately in the Oval Office. They tell of a man who strongly and openly supports the pro-life cause and does so because of a deeply felt Christian faith. Chuck Colson, who founded a national prison ministry, met with President Bush before the bill signing event. "We had a wonderful conversation, celebrating one of the most significant days of his presidency and a great day for all who believe in the sanctity of life," Colson said....
  • Homeschool results in better academics AND better socialization!

    10/23/2003 7:28:38 PM PDT · by WillRain · 26 replies · 939+ views
    Home School Legal Defense Association ^ | 10-23-2003 | Brian Ray, WillRain
    In the largest study yet of homeschooling graduates, the results were startlingly (to some!) positive. In a survey of 7,300 adults who were homeschooled for the majority of their educational experience, the incidence of traits generally asociated with positive social contributions was uniformly higher than a like general population. some quotes and tables/charts: Higher education- QUOTE The end of formal homeschooling is not the end of the educational road for most homeschool graduates. Over 74% of home-educated adults ages 18–24 have taken college-level courses, compared to 46% of the general United States population (Figure 1). Note that nearly half (49%)...
  • Sponsor Pulls Ad from CBS News After Homeschoolers' Complaints

    10/21/2003 5:49:00 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 27 replies · 384+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 10/21/03 | Marc Morano
    At least one sponsor temoparily withdrew advertising from the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, after advocates of homeschooling complained about last week's two-part report on the "dark side" of the "largely unregulated" home school movement. Homeschool advocates claim that CBS News' telephone switchboard was so overwhelmed by the high volume of viewer complaints that some calls couldn't get through to its Los Angeles bureau. But CBS News is not backing down, despite the criticism. A network news spokeswoman reiterated on Monday that the network continues to stand by its story. North Carolinians for Home Education proudly announced on its...
  • Secret weapon

    10/17/2003 2:31:50 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 17 replies · 303+ views
    World Magazine ^ | 10/18/03 | Joel Belz
    Homeschoolers may become to conservative Republicans what labor unions are to DemocratsYOU'VE HEARD A LOT RECENTLY ABOUT THE tightening presidential race for 2004. The huge lead George W. Bush had just three or four months ago, according to some usually reliable polls, has vanished. With almost 13 months still separating us from the next election, of course, all such speculation is pretty squishy; but nobody likes to see a big advantage melt away. What you may not have heard much about is a potent weapon increasingly available to conservative political candidates. That weapon, to be sure, is by no means...
  • Home School Legal Defense Responds to CBS

    10/17/2003 3:32:09 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 31 replies · 445+ views
    email ^ | J. Michael Smith
    From the HSLDA E-lert Service... ====================================================================== October 17, 2003 Dear HSLDA Member and friends: Thank you to all who have, or will soon, make calls to CBS regarding their recent stories concerning home education and child abuse. From all indications, the response has been overwhelming. We have heard reports of a phone number being changed, lots of busy signals, and general anecdotals, all indicating to us that CBS and its parent company, Viacom, are learning the lesson that reporting bias under the guise of a news story will not go without notice. The following is the text of a letter...
  • CBS Needs Education on Homeschooling, Say Advocates

    10/16/2003 4:19:56 AM PDT · by kattracks · 55 replies · 229+ views ^ | 10/16/03 | Marc Morano - Homeschooling advocates are accusing CBS News of trying to damage their reputation with a two-part report focusing on the "dark side" of the "largely unregulated" homeschool movement. The reports aired Monday and Tuesday nights. "Those who may be opposed to home education are digging around the bottom of the barrel, looking for marginal cases, families who have troubles that far exceed any educational question," said Hal Young, president of North Carolinians for Home Education. Young was the only person in the Eye on America segments who defended the practice of homeschooling. According to the CBS reports, the practice...
  • CBS Homeschooling Segments: Your calls are having an effect!

    10/15/2003 12:59:58 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 42 replies · 128+ views
    email ^ | J. Michael Smith
    From the HSLDA E-lert Service... ====================================================================== October 15, 2003 Dear HSLDA Members and friends: Your calls are having an effect! Due to the overwhelming response from homeschoolers we have included additional contact information for CBS Evening News. Please continue to express your opposition to the biased reporting and smear campaign against homeschooling. To view the second part of the series click here - Highlight the fact that the families in question were already known to social services and homeschooling was not the cause of the tragedies. Viacom (parent company of CBS) P - 212-258-6000 CBS Evening News Comment Lines:...
  • Home School Legal Defense Assoc.: CBS Attacks "Homeschooling"

    10/14/2003 12:16:42 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 13 replies · 224+ views
    email ^ | 10/14/03 | J. Michael Smith
    Dear HSLDA Members and friends: CBS National News ran a negative homeschooling report last night titled "The Dark Side of Homeschooling" and will run a further report this evening. The reports focus on a handful of child abuse cases during the past 5 to 10 years involving families claiming to be homeschoolers. Last night's segment discussed the murder of Kyle, 13, and Marnie Warren, 19, by their brother Brandon, 14, and his subsequent suicide. The Warren family is from Johnston County North Carolina. To view the CBS story go to: Missing from the CBS story was that: Social Services...