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by Yvonne Bunn

Testing with a Local School

Posted on Dec 10 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. When I filed my Notice of Intent, the school district offered to test my child in the spring with the Iowa test. They said not many homeschoolers use this free service. Is there a reason? A. A few school districts, but not all, offer free testing for homeschooled students. They use the test they […]


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Superintendent’s Approval for Driver’s License

Posted on Jun 5 2013 by admin

Q. I happened to notice the following language on the DMV website. Isn’t this incorrect? “If you are an approved home schooler, driver education can be taught at home. The student must currently be enrolled in a home-schooled program approved by your school division superintendent.” A. Yes, it is misleading and incorrect. Homeschoolers are not “approved” by the division […]

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Homeschool Items – May 22, 2013

Posted on May 18 2013 by admin

1.1 Homeschoolers Invited: High School Football – Richmond – Underway 1.2 HOPE Bookswap – Manassas – May 28 1.3 H.O.P.E. Used Curriculum Sale – Virginia Beach – May 30; Sellers RSVP by May 27 1.4 Used Curriculum and Book Sale – Culpeper – June 1 1.1 Homeschoolers Invited: High School Football – Richmond – Underway […]

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Math-U-See Bounty of Blessings Giveaways

Posted on Feb 19 2013 by admin

  Math-U-See will be giving away two levels of Math-U-See, two Math-U-See T-shirts, and a mystery bag to people who participate in the Bounty of Blessings Facebook Party.   Head over to Math-U-See’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/mathusee) on Tuesday, February 19, from 8:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. (EST) to learn how win the prizes.   How […]

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A Window of Investment Opportunity for Homeschoolers

Posted on Jun 17 2008 by

A Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA) is an investment tool similar to a Roth IRA, except instead of retirement, the money is used for education expenses. Unlike the “529″ and other plans that help you save tax free for college education expenses, the ESA is the only plan that allows you to save for K-12 […]

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by Anne Miller

California Homeschool Organizations Unite

Posted on Mar 27 2008 by Anne Miller

We just received this update on the California situation, released March 26 by Roy Hanson’s Private and Home Educators of California. Roy Hanson serves as the legislative consultant for CHEA. Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in California. NEWSFLASH March 26, 2008From: Roy Hanson’s Private and Home Educators of California***** ***** ***** […]

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by Anne Miller

How to Treat Your Adult Children

Posted on Mar 16 2008 by Anne Miller

As a mother of eight (26, 25, 23, 21, 18, 16, 14, 11), I’ve learned–sometimes the hard way–that as my children get older, our relationship must change. I recently came across this helpful list of pointers in Laurie Bluedorn’s “Homeschooling with the Trivium” newsletter, and thought the list could be a blessing to many. With […]

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Summary of California Situation

Posted on Mar 13 2008 by Yvonne Bunn

This news flash, released March 7 by Roy Hanson’s Private and Home Educators of California, does an excellent job summarizing the situation in California and explaining how homeschoolers can help. Roy Hanson serves as the legislative consultant for CHEA. ***** ***** ***** ***** As you probably know, on Thursday, February 28th, The Second Appellate District […]

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Superintendent Supports Right to Homeschool

Posted on Mar 13 2008 by Yvonne Bunn

From the Homeschool Association of California website: SCHOOLS CHIEF JACK O’CONNELL ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING HOME SCHOOLING IN CALIFORNIA 3/11/08 SACRAMENTO – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell announced today that the California Department of Education has completed a legal review of the February 28 California Court of Appeal ruling regarding home schooling. O’Connell issued […]

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by Anne Miller

California Assembly Resolution ACR 115

Posted on Mar 11 2008 by Anne Miller

By Debbie Schwarzer, HSC Legal Team Co-Chair   To avoid another firestorm like we had with the HSLDA petition, I wanted to get this information in front of you, and HSC’s position on it, right away. I have discussed this with Leslie Buchanan, HSC’s President, and she agrees with this message. She and I would […]

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And the saga continues…

Posted on Mar 11 2008 by Anne Miller

From the California Homeschool Network website: Update – March 10, 2008 California Assemblyman Joel Anderson is introducing a concurrent resolution in the Assembly. He is calling on the California Supreme Court to reverse the recent court decision that could make homeschooling illegal. This will happen fast, since it’s a resolution and not a bill. All […]

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by Anne Miller

Ahhh…the Internet and Its “Easy” Information

Posted on Mar 10 2008 by Anne Miller

While we teach our children the importance of referring to source documents and firsthand accounts, we need to be sure we follow our own advice, especially in this day of easy—and rampant—online communication! Going back to the source—whether it be the Constitution, the Communist Manifesto, or the facts in a homeschool legal case—is essential to […]

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More Information on California Ruling…

Posted on Mar 9 2008 by Anne Miller

We will continue to share information and opinion on the California ruling. From Karen Taylor, vice president of CHN (California Homeschool Network): The following message was written by Debbie Schwarzer of HSC. She and I have been in daily contact this week as we discussed legal options, and we both agree that this is an […]

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Criminalizing Home Schoolers

Posted on Mar 8 2008 by Anne Miller

Here’s an article from Time Magazine on the California situation. Criminalizing Home Schoolers “Parents of the approximately 200,000 home-schooled children in California are reeling from the possibility that they may have to shutter their classrooms—and go back to school themselves—if they want to continue teaching their own kids.” Read the rest of the article. Share/Bookmark

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Outrageous California Ruling

Posted on Mar 8 2008 by Anne Miller

It is hard to believe on the 25th anniversary of HEAV, HSLDA, and many other homeschool organizations that fought for homeschool freedoms back in the early ’80s, a ruling would come from a California Court of Appeals declaring homeschooling illegal unless a parent is a certified teacher. On a radio broadcast earlier today, Dr. Dobson […]

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A Summary and Thank You

Posted on Mar 6 2008 by

As this year’s General Assembly session wraps up, I’d like to thank all of the HEAV members for their encouragement, support, and involvement over the past two months. We have made great progress this session! Thank you for contacting your representatives and standing up for homeschoolers’ rights in Virginia. Your voice proved to be very […]

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HB 1245

Posted on Feb 29 2008 by

HB 1245 (Hugo) was heard yesterday afternoon in the Senate Transportation Committee. Members Present: Miller, Y.B. (Chairman), Houck, Marsh, Newman, Watkins, Puckett, Wagner, Blevins, Deeds, McDougle, Ticer, Cuccinelli, Petersen, Smith, Miller, J.C. The Transportation Committee came to order at 2:39 p.m. HB 1245 addresses taking the DMV driving test numerous times. The proposed bill says […]

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HB 1183

Posted on Feb 25 2008 by

Wow! Things happened fast in the Senate today. HB 1183 was read for the first, second, and third time today (only the third reading is recorded on LIS). Here’s what happened today: 02/25/08 Senate: Read third time 02/25/08 Senate: Reading of substitute waived 02/25/08 Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 084106600-S1 02/25/08 Senate: Engrossed by Senate […]

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HB 1245

Posted on Feb 25 2008 by

HB 1245 (Hugo) was scheduled for the 2:00 p.m. Senate Transportation Committee last Thursday. The full Senate ran later than usual, and as a result, the Senate Transportation Committee met very late. After waiting almost six hours for the hearing, here’s the update for HB1245. Membership (all members present): Miller, Y.B. (Chairman), Houck, Marsh, Newman, […]

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Busy Morning in the Legislature: 259, 767, and 1183

Posted on Feb 21 2008 by

Things happened very quickly today! I’m really learning the art of jumping up and down over seats to get to the podium—all while holding a laptop! The testing bill HB 1183 took an unusual turn. 8:30 a.m. Senate Education and Health meeting: Membership: Houck (Chairman), Saslaw, Lucas, Howell, Quayle, Martin, Newman, Edwards, Ruff, Whipple, Blevins, […]

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HB 1183 – Preparations for Tomorrow’s Hearing

Posted on Feb 21 2008 by

HB 1183 – Homeschool Testing Options As noted in HEAV’s email announcement this morning, HB1183 (Lingamfelter-R) is scheduled to be heard in tomorrow’s 8:30 a.m. Senate Education Committee. The vote for this bill is expected to be close and hinges on whether or not key Senate Democrats will approve this bill. This afternoon, I visited […]

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HB767, HB1183, HB259

Posted on Feb 18 2008 by

Here are the results of today’s Senate education subcommittee meeting: Membership (All members present): Blevins (Chairman), Howell, Ruff, Locke, Miller, J.C. HB1183 – Delegate Lingamfelter Delegate Lingamfelter introduced the bill. He noted that the superintendent continues to have an impact on the evaluation. HEAV, HSLDA, and Virginia Homeschoolers spoke in support of the bill. Senator […]

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Bill Update – Before Crossover

Posted on Feb 11 2008 by

Well, we appear to be in a bit of a “calm before the storm” (or “calm before crossover”). But I did want to send out a summary of the bills we’re tracking so you will know where we stand once crossover goes into effect. HB259: Senate Education and Health HB767: Senate Education and Health HB1183: […]

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HB1540 Stricken from Docket

Posted on Feb 5 2008 by

HB 1540 (Hugo), the bill to put driver education under the DMV, was stricken from the docket. Looks like we’re in good shape! Ben Share/Bookmark

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HB117 and HB512

Posted on Feb 4 2008 by

Good morning! HB117 (Landes) and HB512 (Dance) (the two community college scholarship match bills) were heard in this morning’s 8:30 Appropriations Committee. It had been expected that Del. Landes and Del. Dance would combine their bills in this meeting. Here’s what happened today. Membership (members present are in bold): Morgan (Chairman), Ingram, May, Cox, Jones, […]

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Current Status of Various Bills

Posted on Jan 31 2008 by

No big changes today to the bills, but here’s a review of their current status. HB1183: Committee substitute printed; read by the House for the first time (1/31) HB117: Scheduled for Monday morning’s 8:30 Appropriations meeting HB512: Scheduled for Monday morning’s 8:30 Appropriations meeting HB767: Referred to Senate Committee on Education and Health HB375: PBI […]

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Bill Update

Posted on Jan 30 2008 by

The newest version of Del. Lingamfelter’s HB1183 (an Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute) can be found at http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?081+ful+HB1183H1+pdf. Here’s a summary of the action on today’s bills. HB89 (Marshall): Tabled HB117 (Landes): 8:30 a.m. Monday Appropriations HB512 (Dance): 8:30 a.m. Monday Appropriations HB259 (Fralin): Sent to Senate Education and Health HB375 (Carrico): PBI’d […]

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HB1183 and HB375 Update

Posted on Jan 30 2008 by

Good morning! HB1183 (Lingamfelter) and HB375 (Carrico) were both heard in this morning’s House Education Committee meeting. Membership of this committee (members present are in bold): Tata (Chairman), Hamilton, Landes, Lingamfelter, Rust, Fralin, Cole, Gilbert, Janis, Athey, Pogge, Massie, Loupassi, Shuler, Alexander, Ebbin, Ware, O., Shannon, McClellan, Tyler, Bulova, and Morrissey HB1183 Testing Options (Lingamfelter): […]

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Update on HB 1183

Posted on Jan 28 2008 by

HB 1183 was heard this evening at 5 p.m. in the House Education subcommittee. I attended the meeting along with Scott Price and Parrish Mort from the Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers and Scott Woodruff of HSLDA. Membership of this Committee (members that were present are in bold): Fralin (chairman), Landes, Gilbert, Athey, Pogge, Massie, Ebbin, […]

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by Anne Miller

The Invisible Mom

Posted on Jan 28 2008 by Anne Miller

Note: We loved this piece and thought you would too! —Anne It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I’m on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I’m thinking, “Can’t you see I’m […]

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