This Week in Homeschool News
MINNESOTA & MICHIGAN: Last week the Home School Legal Defense Association sent a letter to the Social Security Administration on behalf of homeschoolers in Michigan and Minnesota. Apparently students in those states are being told they do not qualify for survivor’s benefits because they supposedly aren’t “students” enrolled in ““school.”
Read more about this situation and what HSLDA is doing to protect these families here: HSLDA
MASSACHUSETTS: There seems to be some confusion in Oxford, where the town sent out questionnaires in the town’s census mailing requesting grade level and birth date information from homeschoolers. This information is not required by law, so the HSLDA contacted the town clerk on behalf of those families. Let’s hope they are successful in getting the town to back down from their request.
VIRGINIA: On Wednesday, January 23, 2019 the House of Delegates Education Committee voted not to report the so-called “Tim Tebow Bill” to the full House. This measure would allow home-schooled students to compete in public school sports. The bill died last year in the same committee, but had been approved in the committee in previous years.
SOUTH DAKOTA: The Legislative committee is considering a bill which would require high school students to pass a United States citizenship exam in order to graduate. The bill has gotten significant opposition from lobbyists representing homeschooled and special education interest groups because they believe it would place an extra burden on homeschooling parents and special needs students.
- MISSOURI: Congratulations to the Missouri HomeSchool boys basketball team who defeated Rolla HomeSchool 66 to 40 on Monday, January 21. Way to go, guys!
- TEXAS: The Dallas HSSA homeschool basketball squad outscored the Tecumseh, Oklahoma team 54-27 in an opening-round win Thursday at the Altus Tournament in Oklahoma. Congrats, guys!
Opportunities for Homeschoolers:
- LOUISIANA: Fort Polk – Leesville Area (FPLA) Homeschool Study Group meets on Wednesdays in Fort Polk Education Center 10a-11a. They are currently studying art history, but they could add on or change subjects. Check out their Facebook Page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/647060648986400/about/
- LOUISIANA: Fort Polk/Leesville Homeschool Families Group provides information and support for local homeschool families and group field trip opportunities. Here is their Facebook group page for more information. https://www.facebook.com/groups/206011706176606/
- LOUISIANA: The Vernon Parish Homeschoolers of Faith group provides information and support for local homeschoolers looking for Faith based support. Get more information on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ELBCHomeSchoolCoOp/
- GEORGIA: The First Presbyterian Day School in Macon offers classes once a month for homeschooled students during the school day. Classes available include a keyboard and coding club, science classes, and music lessons from 9 to 11 in the morning. Contact the school for more information.
- GEORGIA: The Coweta Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition has purchased the rights to the Heroin and Prescription Painkillers curriculum prepared by Hazelden, an organization that publishes educational materials on drug addiction and operates drug treatment facilities. They are making it available in the public school classrooms, and to private and homeschools, as well. For more information, contact AV Pride at 770-716-2797 or contact CSAP Program Coordinator Beverly McCray at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-275-5657.
- NEW MEXICO: The Lincoln County Homeschoolers conduct physical education classes weekly at the Village of Ruidoso’s Boy and Girls Club gymnasium.
- MAINE: The Waterville Public Library will hold a Homeschool Hub from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Thursdays at 73 Elm Street. There will be an activity in the Children’s department for attendees in grades 1-5, and an activity in the Bartlett Room for Teens for attendees in grades 6-12. The activity will change every week.
- ILLINOIS: The Macon County Conservation District will conduct a naturalist-led program for homeschooled students and their families in January. The “Animals in Winter” event is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Rock Springs Nature Center.
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