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  • Dropouts Seek a Boost From Equivalency Exams

    09/14/2009 7:18:59 AM PDT · by Kevmo · 3 replies · 737+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept 12, 2009 | S. MITRA KALITA
    Dropouts Seek a Boost From Equivalency Exams Numbers Seeking a Degree Swell -- But Gains May Be Limited A growing number of Americans are taking high school equivalency tests in their hunt for any leg up in a bleak labor market. Adult-education centers across the country report backlogs and waiting lists for prep courses cramming dozens of topics and years of lessons into weeks or months. But the potential for a better job and pay that drives many to seek a General Educational Development diploma comes with a caveat: The certificate generally is of limited value unless students use it...
  • The Realities of ‘College Education’

    06/18/2009 4:55:13 AM PDT · by decimon · 28 replies · 1,870+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 15, 2009 | Abraham H. Miller
    The soaring costs of a college degree are prompting colleges to consider a three-year degree program. Britain has long granted a degree for three years of college. I would like to suggest a one-year degree program. And I don’t mean an associate’s degree. Here are some hard facts most colleges will never tell you and most parents could not tolerate hearing. The general requirements of the first two years at most colleges are what high school should have been. That is what junior should have learned had he not been busy getting high, getting drunk, and being socially promoted. Better...
  • Prison Inmate Elected To School Board

    11/12/2005 2:22:09 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 43 replies · 1,222+ views ^ | 11 11 05 |
    He wasn't able to get out to vote for himself, but lots of others did. And a prison inmate was elected to a school board Tuesday in southern California. Randy Hale received 831 votes, earning one of three open seats on the Romoland School Board, even though he's behind bars. Hale violated his parole after being convicted of spousal abuse and drug possession. He was returned to prison in September, and isn't due to be released until mid-February. His wife Penny says "this is wild." The district's superintendent says he's consulting lawyers to figure out how to handle the situation....
  • Philly schools to require African history class to Graduate

    06/09/2005 7:49:35 PM PDT · by FeeinTennessee · 46 replies · 1,098+ views ^ | June 9, 2005
    Philly Schools to Require African History Class to Graduate Wires Thursday, June 9, 2005 PHILADELPHIA -- City high school students will be required to take a class in African and African American history to graduate, a move that education experts believe is unique in the nation. The requirement in the 185,000-student district, which is about two-thirds black, begins with September's freshman class, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday. The yearlong course covers subjects including classical African civilizations, civil rights and black nationalism, said Gregory Thornton, the district's chief academic officer. The other social studies requirements are American history, geography and...
  • Attention Homeschool Ping List Members

    05/25/2005 8:16:28 AM PDT · by 2Jedismom · 53 replies · 798+ views
    May 25th, 2005 | 2Jedismom
    My dear fellow homeschoolers and homeschool supporters. Over the last few years, I have been honored to have known you and have you as part of my homeschool ping list. However, over the last year or so, I have not been as faithful to ping you to news and information as I should have been. I've got two kids I'm homeschooling now and have been very busy. Someone has offered to take over the list and I'm so appreciative. DaveLoneRanger has graciously offered to assume the task. DLR, perhaps you could tell you a bit about himself? My friends, I...
  • Charges against homeschoolers dropped, plainclothes cop fired

    02/24/2005 7:06:18 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 70 replies · 2,130+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | February 24, 2005 | Ron Strom
    Teen boy, mother with baby had been arrested after confrontation with shouting, 'crazy' officer Not only have the charges against a South Carolina teenage boy and a homeschooling mother stemming from a confrontation with a plainclothes police officer been dropped, but the officer involved has been fired. The two were arrested – the boy for carrying a concealed weapon and the mother for assaulting a police officer – after the cop confronted the boy in a picnic shelter where a homeschool support group had gathered for socializing and play. As WorldNetDaily reported, the incident occurred at Simpsonville Park in Simpsonville,...
  • Funds raised for arrested homeschoolers

    02/23/2005 2:39:15 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 94 replies · 2,738+ views ^ | 2 23 05 | Ron Strom
    A homeschool group in South Carolina is beginning to raise funds to help defend two of its members – a teenage boy and a mother – who were arrested after a confrontation with a plainclothes police officer at a park. The incident occurred at Simpsonville Park in Simpsonville, S.C. last Wednesday. A group of mothers and children from Upstate Homeschoolers Unlimited were socializing and playing in the park – a common activity for homeschool support groups. After a call came in to police about someone in the park having a knife, a plainclothes policeman rushed into the picnic shelter where...
  • 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...
  • Survey Finds Students Ignorant Of Basic First Amendment Rights

    02/01/2005 10:35:15 AM PST · by FlyLow · 17 replies · 567+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | 2-1-05 | Jimmy Moore
    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- In a new study of high school students ironically released the day after the historic democratic elections in Iraq, basic freedoms such as the freedom of speech and of the press found in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution were found to be unimportant to them. Commissioned by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and conducted last Spring by the University of Connecticut, the survey of 112,003 high school students, 327 principals, and 7,889 teachers from 544 public and private high schools found an ignorance concerning fundamental constitutional rights in the United States...
  • Two Florida boys charged with a felony for violent stick figure drawings

    01/25/2005 9:20:50 PM PST · by SmithL · 68 replies · 1,859+ views
    AP ^ | 1/25/5
    OCALA -- Two boys were arrested for making pencil-and-crayon stick figure drawings depicting a 10-year-old classmate being stabbed and hung, police said. The children, charged with a felony, were taken from school in handcuffs. The 9- and 10-year-old boys were arrested Monday and charged with making a written threat to kill or harm another person. They were also suspended from school. One drawing showed the two boys standing on either side of the other boy and "holding knives pointed through" his body, according to a police report. The figures were identified by written names or initials. Another drawing showed a...
  • Arizona Legislation would allow policies on questioning students

    01/24/2005 1:15:11 PM PST · by hsmomx3 · 326+ views
    PHOENIX (AP) -- A parental rights issue that pitted school officials against law enforcement advocates apparently is being settled with a compromise. A bill (SB1044) to give districts legal authorization to adopt notification policies -- policies that many districts already have adopted -- easily cleared the Senate K-12 Education Committee last week. The legislation, introduced by Republican Sen. Linda Gray of Glendale, comes a year after lawmakers failed in efforts to work out a compromise to deal with the conflicting concerns about parents' rights and effective law enforcement. Many districts had already adopted a long-standing policy recommended by the Arizona...
  • "Homeschooling Illegal" Declares German School Official

    01/11/2005 7:37:31 PM PST · by Born in a Rage · 105 replies · 3,686+ views
    HSLDA ^ | 1-07-05
      HOME SCHOOL LEGAL DEFENSE ASSOCIATION   HOME SCHOOLING / INTERNATIONAL Germany January 7, 2005 "Homeschooling Illegal" Declares German School Official Seven homeschool families in Northwest Germany are being forced to enroll their children in public school. The Paderborn County school board has levied fines against these families and ordered the children to attend school by Monday, January 10, or the police will forcibly take them to school. Any resistance by the parents will result in the removal of these thirteen elementary age children from their homes and into state custody! Despite the lack of state recognition in Germany for...
  • Proposal for the Free Republic High School Diploma.

    01/08/2005 2:35:26 PM PST · by Kevin OMalley · 39 replies · 2,203+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 1/8/05 | Kevin O'Malley
    We have been discussing inexpensive ways to fast track kids through high school to avoid the liberal agenda: The thread title was not well thought out, because some parents might instinctively skip over it due to attached stigma, whether real or imagined.
  • High School Equivalency Exam

    01/06/2005 7:58:45 PM PST · by Kevin OMalley · 238 replies · 13,724+ views
    World Wide Web Links | 1/6/05 | Kevin O'Malley
    I've been getting asked more and more about my position that high school is a waste of time and my recommendation for parents to give their children a choice to skip high school. This is in response to the liberal agendas now prevalent in high schools as well as the simple fact that such a strategy would give kids a 4 year head start on their peers. Below are some useful links for investigating this option. I will repost my own experience under that. UCB Parents Advice about School Taking the High School Equivalency Exam Advice and recommendations from...
  • Publik Skule vs. Home School

    01/08/2005 5:28:17 PM PST · by wagglebee · 852 replies · 9,812+ views
    Townhall ^ | 1/8/05 | Doug Giles
    I was sitting at our neighborhood pool New Year’s morning, enjoying the great South Florida weather while trying to grind out a couple of chapters for my new book, when three high school girls took the chaise lounges next to me and started talking about their New Year’s Eve party with their high school mates. Seemingly still semi-drunk from the party, the 16- and 17-year-old girls began to recount how much coke, weed, vodka, guys and girls they did the night before. Listening to the F-bomb riddled report of the previous night’s peccadilloes left me thinking, how sad … and...
  • PC on earth for Santa: Boy Claus booted out of N.H. school dance

    12/23/2004 10:29:09 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies · 970+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | December 24, 2004 | Kevin Rothstein
    A 12-year-old New Hampshire boy who wanted to jolly up his junior high dance by dressing in a Santa suit instead got a lesson in political correctness when his Scroogelike principal turned the student away, fearing he might offend his classmates.
  • Orders for 'White Christmas' in TX Schools Produce Lawsuit

    12/17/2004 6:53:58 AM PST · by missyme · 52 replies · 1,304+ views
    Crosswalk News ^ | Dec 17th, 2004 | Jody Brown
    A public school district in Texas has informed its students and parents of a ban on candy canes with religious messages, pencils with the name of Jesus inscribed on them, and -- of all things -- red- and green-colored decorations at holiday parties. That action has resulted in a pair of surprise gifts under the district's tree: a federal lawsuit filed by parents and students -- and an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. According to a press statement from the Plano, Texas-based Liberty Legal Institute, an "unconstitutional censorship policy" is being enforced by the Plano Independent School District....
  • Hannity sees the light-calls for pulling kids out of government schools.

    12/09/2004 6:49:31 PM PST · by mysonsfuture · 235 replies · 3,334+ views
    fox news-hannity and combs | 12/09/04 | self
    On Hannity and Combs, Sean responded to the liberals keeping the declaration of independence out of the schools, by calling for parents to take thier kids out of government schools. Home school bump.
  • Eight Students Slashed at Indiana High School

    11/24/2004 8:28:03 AM PST · by RepCath · 108 replies · 5,267+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 11-24-2004 | The Associated Press
    BREAKING NEWS The Associated Press Updated: 11:17 a.m. ET Nov. 24, 2004VALPARAISO, Ind. - A Valparaiso High School student used a knife to cut eight students at the start of school on Wednesday, police said. None of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening. The student who committed the attack was in custody and the school about 20 miles southeast of Gary had been placed on lockdown, Valparaiso police spokesman Michael Grennes said. "At this time, we've got a number of students who have been injured," Grennes told The Times of Munster. "They've all been transported to the hospital and...
  • Bill to Screen, Medicate Kids May Hit Senate This Week

    11/17/2004 10:38:33 PM PST · by VIDADDICT · 65 replies · 1,787+ views
    The New Standard ^ | 11/15/04 | Christopher Getzan
    Nov 15 - Funding for a controversial Bush administration plan to submit the nation's school children to mental health testing and drug treatment may end up reaching the Senate floor this week, as GOP congressional leaders look to clear the legislative slate in order to set the table for George W. Bush's second term. The plan, called the New Freedom Initiative (NFI), is the keystone of a package of initiatives by the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, a group of doctors and mental health care professionals established by the Bush Administration in 2002.
  • Pentagon Recruiting Could Suffer After Boy Scout Decision

    11/18/2004 1:42:45 AM PST · by kattracks · 49 replies · 876+ views ^ | 11/18/04 | Kathleen Rhodes
    ( - The Pentagon's decision to stop U.S. military bases from sponsoring Boy Scout troops is another example of political correctness, according to the leader of a military watchdog group, and will hurt the Defense Department's recruitment efforts in the long run. Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, told CNSNews.comWednesday that with the Pentagon's new edict to military bases, a condition of settling a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the military is sending the wrong kind of message. "I don't think the Department of Defense should endorse that mindset (of the ACLU)...
  • In Texas, 28,000 Students Test an Electronic Eye

    11/17/2004 4:33:45 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 58 replies · 1,759+ views
    new york times ^ | 11 17 04 | MATT RICHTEL
    <p>PRING, Tex. - In front of her gated apartment complex, Courtney Payne, a 9-year-old fourth grader with dark hair pulled tightly into a ponytail, exits a yellow school bus. Moments later, her movement is observed by Alan Bragg, the local police chief, standing in a windowless control room more than a mile away.</p>
  • Do you love your children enough to homes school them?

    07/26/2004 2:13:31 PM PDT · by newsgatherer · 33 replies · 979+ views ^ | 26 July, 2004 | Mr. Larry Austin
    Do you love your children enough to homes school them? Romans 1:32. Who, knowing the judgement of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Not only do these people sin themselves but they encourage and vicariously enjoy help others (our children) become involved in these sins of the flesh.) Soon the public school bell will once again ring and the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of our children will be molded by the secular, anti-Christian public school system. Last year a keynote speaker...
  • Home Schooling Is on the Rise

    08/03/2004 12:32:39 PM PDT · by ZGuy · 84 replies · 1,635+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 8/3/04 | BEN FELLER
    Almost 1.1 million students were home-schooled last year, their numbers pushed higher by parents frustrated over school conditions and wanting to include morality and religion with the English and math. The estimated figure of students taught at home has grown 29 percent since 1999, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, part of the Education Department. In surveys, parents offered two main reasons for choosing home schooling: 31 percent cited concerns about the environment of regular schools, and 30 percent wanted the flexibility to teach religious or moral lessons. Third, at 16 percent, was dissatisfaction with academic instruction at...
  • Home Schooling Is on the Rise

    08/04/2004 4:22:33 AM PDT · by kattracks · 29 replies · 803+ views
    My Way ^ | 8/04/04 | BEN FELLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - For more and more students, homeroom has become a room at home. Almost 1.1 million students were home-schooled last year, a 29 percent increase since the last government survey in 1999. The growth comes as more parents, frustrated with traditional schools and limits on curriculum, say they would rather handle lessons themselves. The estimated figure of students taught at home comes from parent surveys. The results were released Tuesday by the National Center for Education Statistics, part of the Education Department. Parents offered two main reasons for choosing home schooling: 31 percent cited concerns about the...
  • Nearly 10,000 home-school students registered in Maricopa County (Phoenix)

    08/04/2004 3:06:30 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 22 replies · 623+ views
    MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Maricopa County now has nearly 10,000 home-school students, about a 31 percent increase since 1999. It mirrors a national trend that saw the total number of home-school students rise in 2003 to about 1.1 million, according to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. The center estimates that the number of home-school students nationwide has grown about 29 percent since 1999. Maricopa County registrars said parents have registered nearly 500 new home-school students since February. As of Tuesday, the county had 9,479 home-school students. Studies show that many home-school parents cite concerns about...
  • 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...
  • How Do Homeschool Parents Know Their Children Are Learning?

    07/24/2004 7:58:36 AM PDT · by LadyShallott · 22 replies · 652+ views ^ | July 2004 | Jan Hunt
    The assumption that homeschooling parents somehow lack awareness of their children's progress, and therefore require formal evaluation of that progress, is related to the fact that homeschoolers function beyond the arena of the schools, and our philosophies and methods are not always well-understood. How do homeschooling parents know their children are learning? The answer to this question is, to put it most simply, direct observation. I have only one child. If a teacher had only one child in her classroom, and was unable to describe the reading skills of that child, everyone would be dismayed -- how could a teacher...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • Why Morality Matters

    07/04/2004 8:49:53 PM PDT · by Coleus · 26 replies · 3,662+ views
    e-mail | February 2004 | Steven C. Bonta, Ph.D.
    Why Morality Matters by Steven C. Bonta, Ph.D. It is my conviction that the greatest threat to our free republic is moral decline. It is becoming fashionable nowadays to discount or ignore completely the relationship between morality and political liberty. Perhaps this is because the deteriorating moral culture in the modern United States of America seeks to be its own justification. Freedom, some believe, can flourish independently of moral standards, as long as we allow every man uninhibited license in his so-called “personal lifestyle choices.” This badly flawed notion is going to be the death of our republic, unless...
  • New Effort to Remove Christian Kids from Public Schools

    06/30/2004 7:10:09 PM PDT · by missyme · 56 replies · 655+ views
    Crosswalk ^ | June 30th, 2004 | Jim Brown
    Two Roman Catholics are announcing a new campaign to remove evangelical and Protestant children from public schools. The new group, "," is being headed by interim director Alan Schaeffer and Marshall Fritz with the California-based Alliance for the Separation of School and State. Their goal is to get evangelical denominations like the Assemblies of God and the Nazarene Church, as well as mainline Protestant churches, to embrace the idea of giving children a Christian education. Schaeffer believes public schools are harmful to young people. "They drive a wedge between children and their families -- and that is a bond, a...
  • FR Homeschool Haven

    06/28/2004 7:33:41 AM PDT · by LadyShallott · 13 replies · 284+ views
    June 28, 2004 | LadyShallott
    This thread is for those who homeschool, those who want to homeschool, and those who support homeschool families. I know that we face many obstacles, and this is a place for support. Let's create a true "haven" for us to gather and discuss homeschooling within our FR home. This weeks topic is: The "S" Word I know that many if not all of us have heard the socialization argument voiced by friends and family. Many of my friends that have recently started homeschooling have been at a loss in terms of what to say or how to handle this....
  • Homeschool Haven Beach Party

    06/16/2004 7:23:13 AM PDT · by LadyShallott · 7 replies · 260+ views
    June 16, 2004 | LadyShallott
    Summer is right around the corner and family vacations are being planned. We will soon hear the chorus of "Mom are we there yet?" and "Dad I need to go to the bathroom". In honor of the homeschoolers who have worked so hard this year, we are having a beach party! Bring your sunscreen and sunglasses...we are going to get sand in our shorts. :) CurriculumLearn About The Sun NASA Lesson About The Sun Identifying Seashells CraftsFoam Sun Visors Beaded Sunglass Strap Bring Your Sandcastles Home! I am sure that so many of you had more to add to...
  • FR Homeschool Haven

    06/14/2004 8:05:59 AM PDT · by LadyShallott · 18 replies · 319+ views
    June 14, 2004 | Ladyshallott
    I have had many freep mail me about starting a thread just for homeschoolers. Well I am taking the plunge. This thread is for those who homeschool, those who want to homeschool, and those who support homeschool families. I know that we face many obstacles, and this is a place for support. Let's create a true "haven" for us to gather and discuss homeschooling within our FR home. Monday always seems to be the most hectic. I thought if we started this group on Monday that the start of the week wouldn't be so hard to handle. :) So...
  • 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...
  • Public divide (Southern Baptists Take A Stand on "Godless" Education)

    06/02/2004 7:00:33 AM PDT · by LadyShallott · 27 replies · 173+ views
    Worldmag ^ | June 2, 2004 | Joel Belz
    Southern Baptists are about to take up a crucial debate over Christian children and state schools SOUTHERN BAPTISTS, SOMETIMES FAMOUS FOR their fractiousness, are about to take on a debate all but guaranteed to splinter them even further. But give them credit. It's a debate all of America should listen in on and learn from. The argument will come next month when the Southern Baptist Convention is convened on June 15 and 16 in Indianapolis. It wasn't so tricky in 1997 for the SBC to put its nominal weight behind a resolution of support for the homeschooling movement. Nor was...
  • Parents challenge restrictions on home schooling

    05/31/2004 5:54:39 AM PDT · by LadyShallott · 125 replies · 810+ views ^ | May 30, 2004 | KATHY HENNESSY
    TRENTON, N.J. -- Public education bored Tim Haas, so he and his wife decided they were better suited to care for and educate their two sons than the state. But Haas and the thousands of other New Jersey families that homeschool now face what they say is an unnecessary and unfair intrusion by the same state regulators they tried to escape. A bill in the New Jersey Legislature would require home-schooled children to get state-mandated annual physical exams and take standardized tests required of public school children.
  • Does a registered sex offender go to school with your child?

    05/26/2004 8:22:20 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 13 replies · 386+ views
    Does a registered sex offender go to school with your child? According to Harris County juvenile probation records, there are 124 juvenile sex offenders attending Houston-area schools (5/25/04 - HOUSTON) — They are the youngest of sex offenders. Across Harris County, we found dozens in almost every school district. And parents, this may be your only chance to know if a sex offender is going to school with your child. Surf the state sex offender website and it's all there -- name, address, offense, and even the victim's age. Nothing is private for adult sex offenders. But if you're...
  • Memorial Day History & Remembrance (Honor Our Veterans!)

    05/22/2004 5:32:56 AM PDT · by LadyShallott · 18 replies · 530+ views
    May 22, 2004 | Lady Shallott
    Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source:...
  • 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...
  • Likins: Let UA decide homeschool entry policy

    05/17/2004 5:30:26 AM PDT · by LadyShallott · 18 replies · 300+ views
    Arizona Daily Wildcat ^ | May 3, 2004 | Jeff Sklar
    TEMPE - President Peter Likins on Friday tried to dissuade regents from adopting minimum standards of admission for homeschooled students, saying the universities should be allowed to admit them based on their own criteria. But some homeschooled students say a tougher admissions policy, which takes effect in 2006 and grants automatic admission only to students in the top 25 percent of their high school classes, discriminates against students who were educated at home. Those students have no class rank. They want universities to grant home-schooled students automatic admission based on standardized test scores. But Likins said that would create a...
  • Catholic School director fired after letter to the editor (touting Catholic Education)

    05/12/2004 8:55:21 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 15 replies · 451+ views
    Fingerlakes Times, Geneva NY ^ | Wednesday, May 12, 2004 | By BRIAN P. HEFFRON
    GENEVA — DeSales High School’s director of recruitment was fired yesterday because of her letter to the editor that ran in the Times May 6. “I feel like I was stabbed in the back by the administration,” said Kathy Peters, former director of recruitment, retention and public relations. “I just knew [I was in trouble], but I didn’t think they were going to fire me. I thought I was going to get a reprimand.” Peters, of 17 Huff St., Waterloo, had held the position for two years. Previously, she served as principal of St. Michael School in Newark for nine...
  • Need Homeschooling Opinions

    04/22/2004 1:18:29 PM PDT · by LadyShallott · 33 replies · 259+ views
    Just Me | April 22, 2004 | LadyShallott
    As a homeschooling family (or not, if that's the case) Do you feel that animals and the raising of (specifically)farm animals would be important to learning about science, biology and so forth? I would like to start with chickens and pygmy goats. And later combine the growth of our animals with lessons that we could teach our daughter. Has anyone done this? Our daughter is young so the lessons would be simple, but I thought that some may have constructed lessons around animals they may have had. Kids love that stuff. The hands on approach, in terms of raising animals,...
  • House rejects amendment to home-schooling bill

    04/22/2004 7:19:51 AM PDT · by LadyShallott · 25 replies · 200+ views ^ | April 21, 2004 | Associated Press
    RICHMOND, Va. -- The House of Delegates rebuffed Gov. Mark R. Warner's attempt to amend legislation allowing parents with high school diplomas to teach their children at home. The House voted 62-37 Wednesday to reject Warner's amendment to the bill, which would eliminate the requirement that home-schoolers have a college degree unless they claim a religious exemption or meet other criteria. Parents with only high school diplomas who do not take the religious exemption can teach their own children if they use a correspondence course or if they get the curriculum approved by the local public school superintendent. Del. Robert...
  • Homeowners Association Threatens California Homeschoolers

    04/20/2004 7:29:12 AM PDT · by LadyShallott · 115 replies · 627+ views
    HSLDA ^ | April 1, 2004
    HSLDA members John and Sandy Astin (names changed) chose to live in an upscale, gated community in Southern California for the safety and comfort it would afford them and their children. They never imagined that their Homeowners Association would threaten their ability to homeschool their children. The Astins homeschool two of their own children. They also work together with other homeschoolers to ensure that their children are getting the best education possible. Twice a week, Sandy takes her children to a friend's home to be tutored in science, and returns the favor by having her friend's two children visit her...
  • Washington Times Op-ed — Homeschooling Strengthens Families and Communities

    04/20/2004 7:21:05 AM PDT · by LadyShallott · 7 replies · 290+ views
    HSLDA ^ | April 19, 2004 | by J. Michael Smith
    As homeschooling continues to grow rapidly around the country, the National Home Education Research Institute has pinpointed the four main reasons parents choose homeschooling: to keep their children away from crime and drugs, to provide a religious education, to have more family time, and perhaps most importantly, to provide an individualized instruction plan. Of course, homeschool families are well versed in these reasons since the decision to homeschool requires much thought and preparation, but the general public and many in the media continue to have some misconceptions about the motivations behind homeschooling. A recent headline in the Dallas Morning News...
  • Homeschool Alums Succeed as Adults(Homeschoolers More Apt to Vote and Understand Politics)

    04/18/2004 11:42:45 AM PDT · by LadyShallott · 15 replies · 187+ views
    agapepress ^ | March 30, 2004 | Ed Vitagliano
    (AgapePress) - While the subject of home schooling may still draw odd looks from some folks, the students themselves are demonstrating that they are no oddballs. An estimated one to two million students of middle and high school age are being home schooled in the U.S. As they make the transition to college life, success usually follows. "As the numbers [of home-schooled children] have increased, and there have also been more admitted to college, they've actually performed quite well," Barmak Nassirian, a policy analyst with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, told Associated Press. One student said...
  • Teen threatens to kill Bush [Future Dem voter alert]

    04/01/2004 9:11:45 AM PST · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 40 replies · 337+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 04/01/2004
    A 17-year-old high school student from upstate New York faces up to a year in jail for threatening to kill President Bush and attack the White House. "I'm going to blow up the White House and Kill you and your family," John Fellows admitted he wrote in an e-mail message. "You're a stupid peace [sic] of [excrement] and deserve to Die!!!" Police reports indicate Fellows wrote the message to "get back" at a fellow student following a dispute with her last November. Fellows admitted using the girl's name to log on to a computer at Oswego High School. "This thing...
  • Fla. Boy Told Adults Twice About Dead Body

    03/31/2004 12:34:22 PM PST · by Dbdaily · 16 replies · 253+ views
    Fla. Boy Told Adults Twice About Dead Body Associated Press MIAMI - A boy who found an eighth grader's slain body in a school restroom had to tell a security guard twice before the man checked, according to documents released Wednesday. The boy - a seventh grader identified by police as B.P.G - alerted the guard after seeing feet in a stall and blood on the floor on Feb. 3, according to his statement to police. But the guard intervened only after the boy went into the restroom a second time with a friend, opened the stall and came out...
  • The real reason the state opposes homeschooling

    03/27/2004 6:44:45 AM PST · by LadyShallott · 67 replies · 420+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | December 12, 2002 | Michael Arnold Glueck, M.D
    It's called "soft dictatorship" – government's attempt to control every aspect of American life for your own good or for the good of the children. The ultimate issue is power. This week's example: government's assault (at all levels) on the homeschool movement, which now includes threats to send homeschool parents to jail. Government's great fear in this matter is not that the kids are being short-changed or abused – it's that they might be getting a better education than the government-educrat de facto monopoly can provide and that the word might get out. Yes, government has an obligation to ensure...