Bureau’s actions bother dozens of home-schoolers

SPRING VALLEY, IL – At least 24 home-schooling families in Bureau, Stark and Henry counties say their teaching methods have been questioned and they have been threatened with losing custody of their children.

Home-school advocates say that beginning in October, Bruce Dennison, regional superintendent of schools of the three-county area, sent a truancy officer, accompanied at least twice by police officers, to the residences of home-schoolers. They demanded proof of attendance and compliance with a curriculum that corresponds with public school policy. Read more…

Homeschoolers on a battlefield

PA – A bill that pits public school administrators against home schooling families was tabled earlier this month by the Pennsylvania House Education Committee, but efforts to give parents of the state�s approximately 24,000 homeschooled students more freedom in the education of their children will continue. Read more…

School Patrol – Homeschooling

Dozens of families who homeschool their children in the High Desert say they’ve received letters from their school district telling them that homeschooling is not legal anymore. Those families wouldn’t go on camera because they’re afraid of the consequences.

It all stems from confusing information posted on the California Department of Education website. Information one valley family says is being used to scare people but isn’t true. Read more…

Patrick Henry College receives initial AALE accreditation

PURCELLVILLE, Va. (BP)–Patrick Henry College, founded in 2000 with a strong homeschool student base, has received initial accreditation from the American Academy for Liberal Education.

The AALE had denied the college accreditation last April because the academy determined that the school failed to meet the definition of liberal education, which includes standards on “liberty of thought and freedom of speech,” because of its views on creationism. The academy wanted creation to be taught in religion classes instead of science classes at the school. Read more…

Accountability lacking for home-schooled students

Home-school programs have little state supervision, but the home-taught student must make the grade to get into college.

Rapides Parish school officials claim many home-schooled students, especially at the high school level, are not up to par academically, but ACT scores indicate college-bound home-school students score big on college entrance exams.

That’s what counts, the colleges say. Read more…

Homeschoolers are sending signatures on the Endeavour

For some local students, learning has been out of this world.

Westmoreland Enrichment Classes, a homeschool group of more than 40 families across Westmoreland and parts of Allegheny counties, was one of this year’s schools selected to participate in NASA’s Signatures in Space program. Read more…

Homeschoolers get knock on door from police

A public school superintendent has sent police in squad cars to the houses of homeschooling families to deliver his demand that they appear for a “pre-trial hearing” to prove they are in compliance with the law.

Bruce Dennison, regional superintendent of schools in Bureau, Stark, and Henry counties in Northeastern Illinois, has contacted more than 22 families, insisting that they need his approval to conduct education at home. Read more…

Homeschooling catches on in Oregon

It’s 8 a.m. in the Unruh home and it’s time to get ready for school. Evan, a second-grader, and Dean, who is just starting kindergarten, head for the classroom. It’s a short walk.

The brothers don’t attend a local elementary school but take classes in their own home, with their mother, Kathryn, as their teacher. Read more…

Home-schooled children get one-on-one, nonstop education

She calls to her children: “OK, Sam and Isaac, each of you get a kitchen chair and bring it over here. Savannah, bring your pink plastic chair.” The trio, ages 8, 4 and 2, dutifully plop into their seats, listening to the Book of Matthew and refraining from any horseplay until a kitchen microwave timer ticks off 15 minutes. Read more…

Black families boost ranks of home-schoolers

The living room of Sonya Wright’s East End home looks as if it were plucked out of a public school.

Flanked by two computers and shelves laden with books and art supplies, Wright’s son, niece and nephews are studying the poetry of Langston Hughes. They sit in wooden desks brightly spray-painted in hues of gold, green, red and blue.

The children wear a uniform of blue jeans and red shirt with “Home School 2002” embroidered on the pocket. Read more…

Why Christians don’t belong in government schools – Part 3

In this final part of a three-day series, WND’s Vice President and Managing Editor David Kupelian offers a penetrating and personal look at the homeschooling revolution � and why it may represent the last, best hope for preserving America as a free, independent nation.

“Why Christians don’t belong in government schools” is excerpted from the November issue of WND’s Whistleblower magazine, titled “THE FLIGHT FROM PUBLIC SCHOOLS.” Read more…

HOMESCHOOLERS UNITE!

Letters to the Editor form the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN Re: Joan Ryan’s Nov. 7 column, “Homeschooling must meet a standard of education.” Read more…

Homeschool family takes a ‘field trip’ to California

It’s the middle of September and the Schwarz family is on their way to California. Mark and Barbie, along with their daughters Amy and Emily, are enjoying the stops and learning experiences. It’s part of the girls’ education process.

“That’s what you can do if you homeschool,” Barbie said. “You get the whole family involved, and if you go on a trip, you can stop and see things related to what you’re studying or will be studying.” Read more…

Second career: Professional women take on home schooling

Dr. Susan Coss left a fulfilling medical practice to become a teacher. So did Colleen Parker, a registered nurse, and Diane McAndrew, who was a vice president at Fitness Quest.

All three women, who happen to live on the same street, left their busy careers to home school their children. Read more…

NV trustees table home-school sports vote

Douglas County school trustees tabled a vote Tuesday on whether to allow home school children to compete in high school sports until officials survey policies in other districts. Read more…

Home schooling agrees with Salscheider

Karl Salscheider, a professor at Bemidji State University, shared his experiences in home schooling his children Tuesday at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Read more…

Student Commentary: A fan of home schooling

If 10 Americans were asked to describe home schooling, there would be 10 answers. That is because home schooling has had so many different stereotypes attached to it over the years. Read more…

Principals recommend banning home school students from sports

Douglas County school trustees are scheduled to hear a recommendation today to exclude home school students from participation in state high school sports.

Secondary school principals drew up a recommendation that would ban home school students from sports regulated by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. The NIAA passed a regulation in June that policy be set by individual school districts. Read more…

Homeschooling happiness

Janet Parks of Graysville and her three children begin most weekday mornings much the same as other families � gathered around the kitchen table for a quick breakfast before beginning the day�s activities.

But unlike many families, Parks utilizes her table for more than just meals. It also serves as the classroom for her children � Joel, 12, Josiah, 8, and Emily, 6. They are among the more than 20,000 students that will be home schooled in Georgia this school year. Read more…

Learn why we celebrate Veterans Day

Veterans Day, also known as “Armistice Day,” honors the end of World War I, and it is a day dedicated to the cause of world peace.

The Department of Veteran Affairs has set up a Veterans Day Web site that offers a teacher’s guide for busy moms who home school their children, a patriotic fact sheet, a history project, and even a first person account of the burial of the unknown soldier. Visit the White House Lessons of Liberty, the Veteran’s Experience, which is an opportunity for Americans to learn more about our country and its values, as well as the people that have been called upon to defend its freedom. Read more…