This Week in Homeschool News
It seems there’s a problem with the way homeschooling plans are approved in Massachusetts, and it has led to a lawsuit in Worcester County.
Josilyn Goodall filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in late November. She says she tried to inform the school that she was removing her child, but they continued to mark him absent, even though she had submitted her homeschooling plan to the district.
It seems that her plan was finally approved in May of last year, but there is some question as to when she submitted the plan and how long it took for the approval to be issued. The law in Massachusetts seems to require approval of the plan prior to removal of the child, so it may be that Ms. Goodall jumped the gun a bit, or it may be that the district held on to the plan without approval longer than was necessary. In any case, we hope the two parties can work this out in the best interests of the child.
We wish Ms. Goodall success with her homeschool efforts.
In other news:
In Bradenton, Florida there is also a bit of homeschool controversy, but this time it is the school district that seems to have the problem. The district’s current superintendent, Cynthia Saunders, has been accused of inflating graduation rates between 2014 and 2016 by using “letters of intent to homeschool” in the list of district graduates. It sounds like there is some confusion about how to classify those students with and without letters of intent. Read more here: https://www.bradenton.com/news/local/education/article224674025.html
- ALABAMA: High-5 to the Wiregrass Homeschool Junior Civitan Club, which recently placed wreaths on the graves of many deceased soldiers as part of Wreaths Across America. Thank you for honoring our soldiers!
- MICHIGAN: Congratulations to the Cadillac Area Homeschool boys’ basketball team, which beat Immanuel Christian 32-12 on Tuesday, January 15. Way to go, guys!
- DELAWARE: Congratulations to the Wilmington Southeastern Homeschool boys’ basketball team, which defeated the Durham Flight Homeschool Team 72-67 on Friday, January 11. Great job, guys, and especially Phillip Strickland, who scored 21 points with nine rebounds and eight assists!
- MISSOURI: Congratulations to the Lebanon Homeschool, which defeated Missouri Homeschool 47 to 44 on Friday, January 18. Good job, guys!
- FLORIDA: The HEART Homeschool Falcons defeated IMG Academy 64-49 Monday, January 21. Congrats, guys!
- OKLAHOMA: Congratulations to Maggie Gregory, member of the Homeschool 4-H Club, for being named as an ambassador in the Pontotoc County 4-H Ambassador program. Way to go, Maggie!
Opportunities for Homeschoolers:
- OHIO: Homeschoolers of all ages are welcome to join the Auglaize County Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the central library, 203 S. Perry St., Wapakoneta, Ohio for a morning of games and making new friends.
- NORTH DAKOTA: The Jamestown Arts Center provides an every-other-Friday art course which includes ceramics, printmaking, textile, watercolor illustration, jewelry making and more, for kids 5 through 18. Contact the Arts Center for more information.
- ARIZONA: The Fountain Hills Gifted Hands Homeschool Interact Club is collecting mobility aids in conjunction with Noon Rotary Club and Four Peaks Rotary Club for Crutches 4 Africa. Donations will be accepted until February 20. The students are accepting crutches, wheelchairs, canes, walkers without wheels and leg braces.
- VIRGINIA: Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative and the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives are offering higher-education scholarships to public, private, and homeschooled high school seniors who receive electricity from electric cooperatives. Applications for NOVEC’s scholarships are due Wednesday, March 13. VMDAEC applications are due Friday, Feb. 8. Students may apply to both organizations.
- CALIFORNIA: The local chapters of Classical Conversations in Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa are hosting meetings to provide information about homeschooling and school choice on Friday, Jan. 25. The event will include a presentation, roundtable discussions, and question-and-answer time. The Huntington Beach event will start at 9 a.m.; the Costa Mesa event will start at 6:30 p.m.
- UK: Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire, UK held its first ever Home Schoolers Days on Wednesday, January 23. There will be another one on Wednesday, January 30, so if you missed it there’s another opportunity.
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