Superintendent Supports Right to Homeschool

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…

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California Assembly Resolution ACR 115

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…

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And the saga continues…

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…

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Ahhh…the Internet and Its “Easy” Information

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…

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More Information on California Ruling…

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…

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Criminalizing Home Schoolers

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…

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Outrageous California Ruling

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…

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A Summary and Thank You

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…

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HB 1245

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…

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HB 1183

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…

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HB 1245

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,…

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

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…

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HB 1183 – Preparations for Tomorrow’s Hearing

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…

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HB767, HB1183, HB259

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…

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Bill Update – Before Crossover

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…

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HB1540 Stricken from Docket

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

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…

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Current Status of Various Bills

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…

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Bill Update

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):…

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HB1183 and HB375 Update

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,…

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Update on HB 1183

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…

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The Invisible Mom

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…

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A Few More Legislative Notes

Here are a few more updates: HB 1540, Changes Regulation of Driver Training Schools (Hugo) – I spoke with Del. Hugo about our concerns – maintaining the correspondence courses for driver’s education and parent taught behind-the-wheel options. His response was…

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Update on HB 375 Sports Access

Good morning! HB 375 Sports Access (Carrico) was heard briefly this morning at 9 a.m. by the Education Committee. Members of the committee (members that were present are in bold): Tata (Chairman), Hamilton, Landes, Lingamfelter, Rust, Fralin, Cole, Gilbert, Janis,…

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Update on Tax Credit Bills

Here’s this morning’s update: HB420 (Marshall) was heard this morning in the House Finance Subcommittee at 8:05 a.m. Members of the committee: Cline (Chairman), Orrock, R.L. Ware, Johnson, and Purkey. Several people spoke in support of the bill. – Jeff…

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Thanksgiving Musings

Share Ideas with Other Homeschoolers! How does your family keep Thanksgiving focused on the Lord? Do you have any fun Thanksgiving traditions? Have you ever had an extra-special Thanksgiving? If so, what made it so special? Is there a specific…

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Post Your Feedback About the 11/6 HEAV Update Here

The 11/6 Update will be coming out shortly. Once you get it, we’d like to hear what you think! Please leave your feedback for us by clicking on the gray “Comments” link immediately below this message. Don’t get our weekly…

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Sorting Out Activities

I thought I’d write a follow-up to my previous post on socialization. I’ve noticed the problem today doesn’t seem to be that there aren’t enough activities for homeschoolers, but rather that it’s easy to get involved in too many. It’s…

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What About Socialization?

Since it’s near the beginning of the school year, I thought now might be a good time to address the subject of socialization. If you haven’t already been asked how your children will learn to socialize in the “real world”…

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An Excellent Choice

Home Education: An Excellent Choice—the theme for the 2008 convention has been running through my mind ever since our convention director pointed out that little word “choice,” and warned us that God has a way of letting the entire HEAV…

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