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  • Brazilian Families Want Legal Homeschooling

    12/04/2014 4:37:33 PM PST · by juliosevero · 1 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Brazilian Families Want Legal Homeschooling By Julio Severo A group of families made a 12-hour trip to be in Brasilia, Brazil’s capital city, to attend a vote in the Brazilian Congress on homeschooling. The vote was postponed, but the presence of these families and their children touched the hearts of many congressional representatives. Homeschool families in the Brazilian Congress These families, who were sponsored by ANED (Associação Nacional de Educação Domiciliar, National Home Education Association), promise to be in Brasilia again next Wednesday, when there will be a possible new vote. Congressmen touched by homeschool families The current Brazilian...
  • New Report Finds Which States Favor Homeschoolers

    11/19/2014 1:21:47 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 50 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-19-14 | Rudy Takala
    Last month, ALEC released its annual Report Card on American Education. The report ranks states’ education policy based on six areas, including state academic standards; charter school laws; private school choice programs; overall teacher quality; digital learning opportunities; and the regulatory burden placed on homeschool families. The study, which included research conducted by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), gave 11 states the top grade of “A” in the area of homeschool regulatory burdens. Those states are Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Texas. The number of states earning an “A” grade expanded...
  • They Are Coming for Your Children [ Connecticut ]

    10/07/2014 9:37:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | October 7, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Home-schoolers represent the only authentically radical social movement in the United States (Occupy Wall Street was a fashion statement) and so they must be suppressed, as a malevolent committee of leftist academics and union bosses under the direction of Governor Dannel Malloy is preparing to do in Connecticut, using the Sandy Hook massacre as a pretext. The ghouls invariably rush to the podium after every school massacre, issuing their insipid press releases before the bodies have even cooled, and normally they’re after your guns. But the Malloy gang is after your children. Malloy’s committee on the Newtown shootings is recommending...
  • MOOCs Expand, Homeschoolers Beware

    09/29/2014 6:45:08 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 24 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 26, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The School Reform News, published by the Heartland Institute, found there are over 1,200 massive open online courses, or MOOCs, offered by over 200 universities and taken by an estimated ten million K-12 students. homeschooling Florida is the nation’s leader in offering MOOCs, where students watch video lectures recorded online and participate in online discussion boards, which could reduce the cost of higher education for students and state taxpayers. Michael Horn, cofounder of the Clayton Christianson Institute, said, “People would be foolish to overlook it.” Florida state legislators are considering moving the state to MOOCs at the K-12 level, but...
  • Sandy Hook commission blames homeschooling

    09/27/2014 4:54:30 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 20 replies
    WND ^ | Sept. 27, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    ... According to a report in EAG News, a chief recommendation coming out of the state panel that was “charged” with “making recommendations to reduce the risk of future tragedies” has concluded that more oversight of homeschoolers will accomplish that goal. The report’s “chief recommendation” is “tighter scrutiny of homeschoolers … to prevent an incident such as the December 2012 slaughter of 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Elementary School in Newtown,” EAG said. ...
  • Why are homeschooled kids so annoying?

    09/19/2014 7:54:07 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 85 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 22, 2012 | Dwija Borobia
    About a year ago, when I first started considering taking my kids out of public school, I wasn’t met with the kind of incredulous questioning that I expected after suggesting something so reckless and foolhardy. For the most part people were excited and supportive and helpful. Many thought we were already homeschooling, in fact. What surprised me most though is that folks who were concerned about the prudence of such a decision weren’t worried that my children might not learn enough or the the right things. They didn’t wonder how my kids would know how to be quiet when they...
  • Kansas City Public School Sent ‘Threatening’ Letter To Homeschool Family

    09/03/2014 9:40:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 3, 2014 | Maria Santos
    When a Kansas City family pulled their son out of a public elementary school to homeschool him, the local school referred them to the district attorney’s office for truancy. A homeschool advocacy organization intervened, and the school was forced to back down and apologize. In Kansas, as in several other states, families must register their homes as “private schools” to homeschool their children. The family followed the law exactly, naming and registering their school and notifying their son’s elementary school in February that he would be withdrawing. But a few months later, in May, the school sent the family a...
  • German Homeschoolers Win Custody of Their Kids, But Court Still Calls it Abuse of Parental Authority

    08/30/2014 6:56:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/30/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    An appeals court in Germany has ruled that a family court's decision to keep legal custody of four children away from their parents, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, was wrong, and ordered that complete custody be returned to the family. However, the court maintained that homeschooling endangers children and they should go to school. "We have won custody and we are glad about that," Dirk said in a statement released by Virginia-based Home School Legal Defense Association, which has been assisting the Wunderlich family since their children were taken on Aug. 29, 2013. The court said taking the children away was...
  • Ferguson shooting spurs curriculum advocates to craft lesson on race (Black Panthers)

    08/30/2014 3:50:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 30, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Even though the police shooting of an unarmed man in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is only weeks old and a grand jury is still trying sort out what really happened, a Washington-based nonprofit is offering a classroom lesson plan that draws a link between the incident and the revolutionary rhetoric of the 1960s Black Panther Party. Teaching for Change says its “Teaching about Ferguson” guide can help students think critically about the shooting of Michael Brown in an Aug. 9 confrontation with police and ways they can be proactive in their own communities. “The Black Panther Party’s 1966...
  • Moral Relativists In The University: They Aren’t Who You Think They Are

    08/24/2014 1:44:13 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 31 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 8-24-14 | Collin Garbarino
    This year the movie God Is Not Dead preyed on every Christian parent’s fear of sending a child off to college only to have their family’s faith and values undermined by an atheist college professor espousing some form of moral relativism. The movie hinges on a certain cliché, but the cliché is a cliché because many of us took a class with “that professor.” He might not have been so over-the-top, but his prejudices were evident. The American university tends to be fairly hostile to the conservative movement. One of the core tenets of conservatism is the Judeo-Christian teaching that...
  • Any other Freeper's kids attending school online?

    08/24/2014 9:58:27 AM PDT · by TexasBarak · 67 replies
    At the end of her seventh grade year a few months ago, my daughter was of the opinion that she had not received the education that she should have, so she determined to find courses online that she could take over the summer. What she found (completely on her own) turned out to be a full time public school- online! She starts tomorrow at Connections Academy Texas. With her mother and I both working, she'll be attending school at her Grandmother's house for the time being. I'm very excited about this- my child is *very* intelligent, and with self-paced courses...
  • The Origins of Political Correctness

    08/23/2014 11:59:32 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 44 replies
    Where does all this stuff that you’ve heard about this morning – the victim feminism, the gay rights movement, the invented statistics, the rewritten history, the lies, the demands, all the rest of it – where does it come from? For the first time in our history, Americans have to be fearful of what they say, of what they write, and of what they think. They have to be afraid of using the wrong word, a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic. We call it “Political Correctness.” The name originated as something of a joke,...
  • Conservatism and Education

    08/23/2014 11:56:29 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 3 replies
    Accuracy In Media ^ | Jan 31, 2006 | Paul M. Weyrich
    As conservatives, we seek to build on past successes wherever we can rather than start anew. Fortunately, when we look at the question of education, the next conservatism quickly finds a lot to build on. The existing conservative movement has done some things right in this area. The most important achievement is the home schooling movement. Today, over a million American children are getting real educations at home instead of being propagandized in the public schools. Unfortunately, a new problem has cropped up which the next conservatism needs to take on now, before it gets bigger. Political Correctness, which is...
  • What Are Your Kids Learning In School?

    08/23/2014 11:38:49 AM PDT · by fifedom · 106 replies
    Powerline ^ | August 22, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    (D)escriptions, written by Twin Cities area high school teachers, of how their schools teach literature classes. This one comes from Edina High School, which was once known as an excellent institution: Acceptance and inter-cultural understanding can be fostered through the use of powerful texts, discussion, analysis, and exploration in the classroom. An English curriculum grounded in social justice rests on a belief based in equity—that each person should have access to resources regardless of race, gender, ability, age, socio-economic status, or sexual orientation.
  • Teacher suspended after Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin lesson (Alabama)

    08/22/2014 11:42:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    SELMA, Ala. - An Alabama teacher was suspended without pay after being accused of having sixth-grade students re-enact the deadly police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida. The Selma Times-Journal quoted Dallas County School Superintendent Don Willingham as saying the social studies teacher used poor judgment during a lesson on current events. School officials haven't identified the teacher, who works at Brantley Elementary School....
  • California Sex Ed Gone Mad

    08/22/2014 6:52:42 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 36 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 21, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    What’s the difference between a Playboy magazine and Fremont Unified School District’s sex-ed curriculum? The curriculum is free! The 9th grade textbook, which teachers unanimously approved, has been the center of a nationwide debate over the schools’ role in parenting kids on sensitive topics like this. In this particular California District, thousands of parents are protesting the jaw-dropping topics in the “Your Health Today” curriculum — including everything from bondage, sex toys, and various fantasies. “It’s a bit much for me,” said mom Latonya Stevenson. “I’m not comfortable with my child — I mean, wow, that’s the graphics are extreme...
  • Common Core anger triggers homeschooling surge in North Carolina

    08/14/2014 3:45:45 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 6 replies
    Education Action Group ^ | August 14, 2014 | Ben Velderman
    RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina officials say there has been a huge increase over the past two years in the number of Tar Heel families who have pulled their kids out of public schools and begun educating them at home.The number of homeschools has jumped 27 percent since the 2011-12 school year…Read More
  • Common Core anger triggers homeschooling surge in North Carolina

    08/14/2014 11:52:12 AM PDT · by upchuck · 28 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Ben Velderman
    North Carolina officials say there has been a huge increase over the past two years in the number of Tar Heel families who have pulled their kids out of public schools and begun educating them at home. The number of homeschools has jumped 27 percent since the 2011-12 school year, NewsObserver.com reports.As of last year, 98,172 North Carolinian children were homeschooled; that’s 2,400 students more than the number who attended a private school.While the sputtering economy is the reason families are choosing homeschooling over private schooling, the nationalized learning experiment (Common Core) is the main reason families are leaving the...
  • Pregnant mother of four dies after she’s stung by wasps in the backyard

    08/01/2014 5:27:59 AM PDT · by MiddleEarth · 18 replies
    CBS6 ^ | 7/31/14 | Scott Wise, Wayne Covil
    SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. – A pregnant mother of four died suddenly Monday after she was stung by wasps working in her backyard. Sarah Harkins, 32, leaves behind a husband and four children. (PHOTO: Ashley Schulzetenberg) Sarah Harkins, 32, leaves behind a husband and four children. (PHOTO: Ashley Schulzetenberg) Sarah Marie Schulzetenberg Harkins, 32, died at the hospital when an aneurysm in her brain burst, Harkins’ husband told Fredericksburg.com. Her unborn baby, who was to be named Cecilia Rachel, also passed away. The aneurysm burst due to the stress the stings and an allergic reaction brought on, the article stated. Harkins...
  • Obama highlights push for better skilled teachers

    07/07/2014 1:10:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2014 12:57 PM EDT | Kimberly Hefling
    President Barack Obama brought forward a new administration effort Monday to place quality teachers in schools that need them the most. Obama said the U.S. education system has “a problem” in that students who would benefit the most from having skilled or experienced teachers in their classrooms are least likely to get them, including black and Hispanic students. Obama credits education and good teachers for helping him get to the White House. He said he wants to make sure that every child has the same access to good teachers that he had. …
  • States Ditch Common Core - The ObamaCare Of Education

    06/11/2014 3:40:08 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 11, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Education: Oklahoma joins South Carolina and Indiana in opposing one-size-fits-all U.S. education standards that have turned schools into leftist re-education camps, with political statements masquerading as instruction. Not as much attention has been paid to Common Core as has been paid to ObamaCare. But like the faux Greek columns in Denver at Barack Obama's nomination in 2008, they were supposed to be the twin pillars of his legacy. Both, however, are fake promises, Trojan horses for government control of key sectors of American society and our economy. Five years ago, 46 states gave up a big chunk of their sovereignty...
  • Parents, 6 Sons, Accused Of Sexually Abusing Girl For Nearly A Decade

    05/17/2014 4:16:50 PM PDT · by windcliff · 78 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 5-17-14 | David Lohr
    The sheriff of a small county in northeast North Carolina says he is "disgusted" by the parents of six men who are accused of sexually abusing their sister for nearly a decade, at a private family compound. "I blame the parents for this," Perquimans County Sheriff Eric Tilley told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. "It's your responsibility as a parent to teach [your children] right and wrong. When you see a child doing something that is totally wrong and you don't correct them, then the child thinks it's OK." Tilley said his deputies charged the six brothers, ranging in age...
  • Homeschooling --(5 minute arguments)

    04/28/2014 10:05:27 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 22 replies
    AmericanDigest ^ | April 28, 2014 1:34 AM | Ghostsniper
    "Our son was in the 6th grade at a public school in Florida. An envious female employee at my wife's job called our sons school and represented herself as my wife. Over the phone she had our son transferred to another school and we knew nothing about it. Until I got the call at my office telling me our son had been out processed and I could come pick him up. Let that sink in for a moment and put yourself in my place. I trusted this place with the most valuable thing I will ever own. If the envious...
  • On first day of Common Core testing, some NY students sit it out

    04/01/2014 7:51:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 01, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    While her son’s fourth-grade classmates were taking the nation's first round of tests under the controversial Common Core program, Heidi Indelecato decided to teach her son a lesson in civil disobedience. “We respectfully refuse to participate in the test,” said Indelecato, whose son Benjamin attends school in Lancaster, N.Y., which on Tuesday became the first state to administer testing under the Common Core State Standards Initiative. So while other kids sat poised with their No. 2 pencils above Scantron sheets, Benjamin studied with his mother, who documented the occasion with a picture of the pair wearing T-shirts that read: “Keep...
  • Catholic Caucus: What I Gave Up By Not Being A Priest

    03/08/2014 7:17:06 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies
    Seton Magazine ^ | 03.06.14 | John Clark
        Like many Catholic fathers, I often pray that if my boys have vocations to the priesthood, they accept their callings.  Sadly, as Jesus told us, many do not.  The corollary to my prayer is the additional plea that I be given the graces to properly assist them along their way.  There are some obvious ways to do that: talk about my (very imperfect) love of God, pray with them, and take them to liturgy and the sacraments.  But I also believe that part of that grace is the ability to explain the priesthood in a positive and encouraging...
  • ‘The Romeikes Can Stay!!!’: Shocking 180 in the Case of German Home-Schooling Family

    03/04/2014 12:51:44 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 56 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Mar. 4, 2014 | Erica Ritz
    On Tuesday, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) announced a drastic turnaround on the part of the federal government: The German Romeike family, which sought asylum in the United States to home-school their children, will now be allowed to stay in America. “The Romeikes can stay!!!” the HSLDA announced on its Facebook page. Just one day ago, the Romeikes thought they would be forced to return to Germany, where the state could take custody of their children because of their decision to home-school. At a minimum, they would face increasingly harsh fines for violating Germany’s compulsory attendance law....
  • Breaking: Romeike Family granted ‘indefinite deferred status’ and can stay in United States

    03/04/2014 12:09:21 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 103 replies
    Today, a Supervisor with the Department of Homeland Security called a member of our legal team to inform us that the Romeike family has been granted “indefinite deferred status”. This means that the Romeikes can stay in the United States permanently (unless they are convicted of a crime, etc.) This is an incredible victory that can only be credited to our Almighty God. We also want to thank those of who spoke up on this issue–including that long ago White House petition. We believe that the public outcry made this possible while God delivered the victory. Via Home School Legal...
  • Christians vow civil disobedience if home-school family is deported

    03/04/2014 11:45:03 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 32 replies
    Foxnews ^ | March 04, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Christians in an east Tennessee community are vowing to engage in civil disobedience if the Obama administration initiates deportation proceedings against a Southern Baptist family from Germany who sought asylum in the United States so that they could home school their children.
  • Supreme Court Declines to Review Asylum Case of German Homeschoolers

    03/03/2014 9:49:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/03/2013 | Napp Nazworth
    The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear an appeal from the Romeikes, a German homeschooling family that had asylum in the United States. The U.S. Justice Department sought to deport them back to Germany where they could lose custody of their children due to their religious beliefs. "Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to review Uwe and Hannelore Romeike's asylum case," Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, wrote in a letter to supporters. "We knew it was an uphill battle since the Court only accepts 80–100 out of nearly 10,000 requests each year....
  • High court to examine facial hair, teeth-whitening

    03/03/2014 9:34:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 3, 2014 12:29 PM EST
    Facial hair and teeth-whitening will be getting unusually prominent attention from the Supreme Court. The court agreed Monday to hear two cases during its next term that involve matters of personal hygiene in vastly different settings. In one case, the court will to decide whether an Arkansas prison inmate must be allowed to grow a short beard in accordance with his religious beliefs. The justices will hear an appeal from inmate Gregory Holt, who says his Muslim beliefs require him to grow a beard. …
  • Supreme Court denies appeal from German family seeking asylum to home-school kids

    03/03/2014 8:23:57 AM PST · by ColdOne · 91 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 3/3/14 | ap
    The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a German family seeking asylum in the United States because their home country does not allow home-schooling. The justices rejected an appeal from Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, who claim the German government is persecuting them because they want to raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs.
  • US Supreme Court set to review case of German homeschooling family that Obama admin wants deported

    02/19/2014 1:21:53 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 23 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/19/14 | Michael Farris
    February 19, 2014 (HSLDA) - The United States Supreme Court has scheduled Romeike v. Holder for review conference February 21. The court is expected to rule on whether or not to take the case and announce the ruling in its February 24 orders. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their children were initially granted asylum by a U.S. immigration judge in 2010 after he determined that the German government’s refusal to permit them to homeschool for religious reasons amounted to persecution. Germany had threatened to levy fines, file criminal charges, and take custody of the children if the Romeikes did not...
  • Tuition–free online university welcomes students from America and the world

    02/15/2014 2:13:10 PM PST · by usalady · 45 replies
    Examiner | February 15, 2014 | Martha
    University of the People is a tuition-free online institution that aims to reach all students that wish to obtain a college education. It is fully accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council, a national accrediting group. It offers courses that include business administration and computer science programs.
  • Call Now to Thwart Attack on Faith-Based Homeschooling (in VA)

    01/14/2014 8:13:57 AM PST · by MiddleEarth · 35 replies
    E-mail from HSLDA ^ | 1/13/2014 | Scott Woodruff
    For nearly 40 years, faith-based families have been able to homeschool under Virginia’s religious exemption statute with the quiet peace and security of knowing that their right to teach their children that God is the beginning of wisdom in every subject was unquestioned. Last week, however, Delegate Thomas Rust (R-Fairfax, 86th District) filed a legislative measure (HJ 92) that throws your rights into question and confusion by urging the Virginia General Assembly to ask the Department of Education to “study” the religious exemption statute. Asking to conduct a study is a back-door way of saying that something should be questioned....
  • Don’t Destroy This Family [Germany persecutes homeschoolers, with assist from Obama]

    01/13/2014 6:45:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | January 13, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Ronald Reagan electrified the world when he demanded that the Berlin Wall be torn down. Barack Obama is helping to build a new one, even as the German government begins rounding up members of a despised religious minority. The Romeike family was granted asylum in the United States because the German government was intent on wresting away the children and putting the parents in cages for the crime of homeschooling their children, which is verboten in Germany, a legacy of the country’s totalitarian past. The Obama administration, which in other notable areas of immigration law has enacted a policy of...
  • Biggest bullies in the public schools: the Education Establishment

    01/11/2014 7:39:45 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 8 replies
    Rightsidenews.com ^ | Dec. 2, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    We hear a lot about bullying as if it’s as common as cheering at a football game. But who is really the Big Bully in our public schools? Who is throwing their weight around all the time? More specifically, who is insisting on the use of bad methods that never seem to work better this year than 10 years ago? Who is making lame excuses for poor performance so that nothing seems to get better? Who fills the air with propaganda and sophistry so that no one can think clearly about the issues facing us? Consider Whole Word. Rudolf Flesch...
  • Judge: Homeschooling a 'concrete endangerment' to kids, Endorses Hitler-era laws

    A judge has issued a stunning verdict in a homeschooling case in Germany, ordering that the parents cannot have custody of their children because the family might move to another country and homeschool, posing a “concrete endangerment” to the children. Dirk and Petra Wunderlich’s case made international headlines in August when 20 armed police arrived with a battering ram and forcibly took their four children from their home in Darmstadt, Germany, and enrolled them in public school. As WND reported at the time, the children, ages 7 to 14, were taken into police custody. They were allowed to return home...
  • Disparate impact: classrooms, comfortable places for girls, terrible places for boys

    01/06/2014 7:26:58 AM PST · by xzins · 52 replies
    World ^ | Dec. 28, 2013 | Marvin Olasky
    American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Christina Hoff Sommers is best known for her notable—and controversial—books about feminism and American culture. A new and revised edition of her 2001 book, The War Against Boys: How Misguided Policies Are Harming Our Young Men, came out in August. You wrote last year about your granddaughter receiving a toy train, placing it in a baby carriage, and covering it with a blanket so it could get some sleep. What does that tell you? That boys and girls are different. There are exceptions, but as a rule a little girl’s choice of play, at the...
  • Ohio Lawmaker Withdraws Bill Described as a ‘Misguided Attack on Homeschooling’

    12/22/2013 8:58:30 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 8 replies
    CHRISTIAN NEWS NETWORK ^ | 21 DECEMBER 2013 | CHRISTIAN NEWS NETWORK
    COLUMBUS, Ohio – An Ohio state senator recently introduced a bill that would have forced homeschoolers to undergo government investigation, but promised on Thursday to withdraw the legislation following widespread criticism. Democratic Senator Capri Cafaro has represented the 32nd Ohio Senate District since January 2007. Earlier this month, Cafaro introduced to the Ohio legislature Senate Bill 248 (SB 248), which would have amended the state’s education policy toward homeschoolers and internet-based schools.
  • Bill Would Require State Approval to Homeschool

    12/21/2013 7:58:05 AM PST · by John Semmens · 17 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 Dec 2013 | John Semmens
    Ohio State Senator Capri Cafaro (D-Hubbard) has introduced legislation to boost state regulation of homeschooling. Senate Bill 248 would require that parents be investigated and approved before being allowed to homeschool their children. “The very fact that parents would want to deny their children the enriching experience of a public school education raises a ‘red flag,’” Cafaro declared. “It makes one wonder what other risks of neglect or abuse might be present in the home environment. Rather than supinely wait for tragedies to occur it is incumbent upon the government to intercede ahead of time.” Cafaro hypothesized that “overt signs...
  • Senate Bill 248: Require Children's Services Review for Homeschooling (OHIO)

    12/18/2013 7:30:51 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 56 replies
    HSLDA ^ | Last Updated: December 17, 2013
    Senate Bill (SB) 248 was introduced on December 3, 2013, and would require children’s services to review all homeschool notices to determine whether homeschooling is “in the best interest of the child.” Under this proposed legislation, children’s services would be required to meet with parents who choose to homeschool and conduct separate in-person interviews with each of their children. Children’s services would then make a recommendation for or against the excuse from compulsory school attendance.
  • Common Core Lesson Teaches Children Obama Is A Messiah

    12/09/2013 4:32:08 PM PST · by raptor22 · 43 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Decemver 8, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Propaganda: A lesson plan for third-graders linked to a controversial federal education initiative makes sure America's next generation does not forget who is the one we have been waiting for. During the Soul Train Awards in 2012, comedian and actor Jamie Foxx exhorted a wildly cheering crowd to "first of all (give) honor to god, and our lord and savior Barack Obama," exhibiting the all-too-widespread hero worship that casts rational thought aside and labels even legitimate criticism as virtual blasphemy. The same cult of personality is creeping into lesson plans and reading materials being created under the guise of the...
  • Boy, 10, suspended from school for ‘firing’ imaginary bow and arrow

    12/09/2013 2:41:03 PM PST · by matt04 · 72 replies
    A ten-year-old boy has reportedly been suspended from school after he ‘fired’ an imaginary bow and arrow at another pupil. Johnny Jones, a fifth grader at South Eastern Middle School in Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania, is said to have been suspended for one day after making the gesture and now faces expulsion. According to the Rutherford Institute, which is defending the youngster, Johnny was accused of breaching the school’s regulations on using weapons, even though the bow and arrow were not real. He was reprimanded after the girl he ‘fired’ the bow at notified a teacher.
  • Supreme Court Orders DOJ to Respond to German Homeschoolers' Petition

    12/02/2013 10:26:58 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 27 Nov 2013 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The Supreme Court has ordered Attorney General Eric Holder to respond to the Home School Legal Defense Association’s (HSLDA) petition on behalf of the Romeike family, a German family who sought legal asylum in the United States to escape persecution because homeschooling is largely prohibited in their home country... the order is a hopeful sign that the High Court will hear the case. ... the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals had denied asylum to the Romeikes following the Obama administration’s appeal of an earlier decision by a U.S. immigration judge who had granted them political asylum. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike...
  • Local woman banned from elementary school after standing up for grandson

    11/24/2013 6:00:28 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 22 replies
    KMOV.COM ^ | 21 NOVEMBER 2013 | KMOV.COM
    (KMOV) – Administrators at a north St. Louis school have banned a student’s grandmother from stepping foot on the campus or else risk arrest. The incident began when the grandmother, Joyce Hall, said she was trying to stand up for her 6-year-old grandson against bullying. Hall said her grandson, Brandon, was having a tough time at Nance Elementary so she complained in letters sent to the school, demanding action for him.
  • German home-school families face US deportation

    11/22/2013 2:19:44 AM PST · by Mr Radical · 13 replies
    BBC News, Washington ^ | 6 November 2013 | Jane O'Brien
    The [Romeike] family arrived in the US in 2008 and settled in Tennessee. In 2010 a state court granted their request for asylum but two years later the Obama administration called for a review and a higher court overturned the decision. The Romeikes' only hope of staying in the US now rests with the Supreme Court which still hasn't decided whether to hear their appeal.
  • Student drinking at Cal taxes Berkeley paramedics

    11/14/2013 8:57:28 PM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    ABC 7 and Berkeleyside ^ | November 12, 2013 | Emilie Raguso
    Last week, ABC 7′s I-Team produced a troubling report about a surge in extreme drinking so far this year at UC Berkeley. According to the investigation, UC Berkeley has seen an increase in the number of students who get so drunk, often at frat parties, that they need to be taken to the hospital for care. This has, at times, put a significant burden on the city’s ambulance services, leaving other city residents waiting for care, or requiring the Berkeley Fire Department to call for help from other paramedics in the region. It also puts pressure on the hospital closest...
  • German Homeschoolers Forced to Send Kids to Public School, Now Blocked From Leaving the Country

    11/09/2013 11:46:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/08/2013 | Napp Nazworth
    Homeschoolers whose children were recently seized by the German government are now not allowed to emigrate to a country that allows homeschooling. In August, the children of Dirk and Petra Wunderlich were seized at gunpoint by German officials because the Wunderlich's refused to send their children to the public school. In mid-September, the Wunderlichs were reunited with their children, but only after they promised to send their kids to public school. The Wunderlichs then requested that they be allowed to leave the country so that they could go to a country that will allow them to homeschool. A judge told...
  • ‘We have the power to take your kids away’ (Germany vs. homeschoolers)

    09/26/2013 1:02:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Sep 2013 08:50 CET | Caitlan Carroll
    At a home-school community meeting deep in the woods of Baden-Württemberg, children kick around balls and parents grill sausages while chatting about their latest run-ins with the state. An American woman who just gives her name as “Teri” says she and her German husband started home-schooling their two daughters so they could learn both English and German. “We want them to be fluent in both languages, in both cultures and in both politics,” she says. But when local authorities discovered their daughters were not going to school, Teri and her husband received a letter demanding they enroll them. “The letter...
  • Parents Upset Over School’s Corporal Punishment Permission Form (Alabama)

    09/22/2013 9:19:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Sep 22 2013 6:32pm
    Some parents at Leeds Elementary Public School in Alabama were in for a shock when their kids brought home a permission slip for corporal punishment. It stated that failure to return the form would be considered authorization for school personnel to administer the punishment. Corporal punishment is legal in 19 states in America. …