News for the Week of February 21 2019
Homeschooling is under attack in several states right now because of cases of abuse and neglect. Lawmakers in Georgia, Iowa, and Illinois are introducing legislation to more closely monitor homeschoolers, including treating them like criminals by requiring regular home visits.
IOWA: There are at least three bills currently in committee which seek to change or eliminate the freedoms currently afforded homeschoolers in the state. HF 100, HF 182, and HF 272 have all been introduced in the last few months. Iowans, keep in touch with your representatives and let them know how you feel about these assaults on your freedom.
ILLINOIS: House Bill 3560, would require a child protective services unit of DCFS to check homes for signs of child abuse or neglect after a home-school registration form is submitted.
We here at the Homeschool Library wonder: a) Are they going to start sending social workers into public school classrooms to check for signs of abuse? After all, there have been some cases of abuse at the hands of teachers, right? And b) Where are all of the extra social workers going to come from to be able to handle the volume of unnecessary checks? What children are going to be abused or neglected because they can’t check on actual reported cases and instead are having to check on perfectly good parents because the law says it must?
- MAINE: Congratulations to homeschooled sixth-grader Rebecca Aponte of Blue Hill who won the Hancock County Spelling Bee, held at Penobscot Community School February 12. Way to go Rebecca!
- NORTH CAROLINA: Congratulations to 8th grade homeschooler, Jordan Carter from Sims, who won first place in the 30th annual Wilson County Spelling Bee on Wednesday. She will be going to Nationals in May. Great job, Jordan!
- SOUTH CAROLINA: The Coastal Homeschool Athletic Association boys team defeated Greenville HomeSchool 71-57 in the semifinals on Friday and Easley HomeSchool 60-57 in overtime on Saturday to defend their South Carolina Homeschool Championship Title. Congratulations, boys!
Opportunities for Homeschoolers:
- OREGON: Homeschoolers in Bend, Oregon have a wonderful opportunity to join Ovation Performing Arts for classes and performances of musicals on a regular basis.
- ILLINOIS: Homeschoolers in Belleville might be interested in the Southwestern Illinois College Running Start program. They will host an informational meeting on Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. in Liberal Arts Complex Room 2311-2313 at the SWIC Belleville Campus. This program is for current high school sophomores and juniors.
- TEXAS: The Challenge B homeschool group in Cedar Hill hold a mock murder trial in May at the Ellis County Courthouse. Contact the Challenge B group for more details.
- COLORADO: Homeschool Art for Teens is a class available at CoSolve, 350 Terry St. Suite 200, Longmont; Contact them for more details.
- MAINE: Pepperhill Farm near Thomaston will be offering Homeschool Horsemanship Hours in May. At these sessions participants will meet Icelandic horses, tour the facility, and receive explanations of handling, grooming, and horse care tailored to their age and level of experience. The session will also include an instructional lead-line ride on one of the Icelandic horses. The cost is $20 per participant.
- TEXAS: El Paso area homeschoolers should mark their calendars for the Every Child, Every Style Homeschool Conference. It will be May 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m and May 4 at 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Westside Community Church on Sunset Road.
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