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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: