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Pacific Justice Institute

August 7, 2004

Governor Schwarzenegger this week signed AB 1925, a pro-family bill requiring schools to notify parents when they plan to bring an outside speaker into the classroom to talk about sex education issues.

AB 1925, authored by Assemblyman Ray Haynes, (R-Murrieta) provides parents with more awareness and control over who discusses issues involving sexuality with their children. Beginning January 1, 2005, school districts must send notices to parents at the beginning of the school year about any outside consultants or guest speakers who will come into the classroom to discuss or teach about HIV/AIDS education or sexually related issues.

The State (SC)

by Gina Smith

July 29, 2004

During the 1998-99 school year, nearly 6,000 S.C. students were home-schooled. It jumped to about 12,600 in 2003-04, according to Carper.

About 13 million U.S. children attend schools other than their assigned public schools - a 45 percent increase since 1993, according to U.S. Department of Education data. Most of that growth is attributed to students attending public schools other than their assigned one.

The Daily Sentinal Star (MS)

by Danza Johnson

July 27, 2004

Parents who home school their children are required to submit a certificate of enrollment and a curriculum to Harbin by September 15.

According to Harbin the parent or guardian can be fined up to $1,000 and/or a year in jail if they are found guilty. In some extreme cases some have even been sent to prison said Harbin. Mississippi Law

The Oregonian

by Tom Quinn

July 22, 2004

A North Clackamas program shifts gears as education officials question whether cyberschools qualify for state money

The race to open Oregon's first online charter school hit a stumbling block recently when the state Department of Education questioned whether such schools are allowed under law. Drakulich estimates the Web Academy would pay for itself because its students not currently on public school rolls would pull in additional state money.

The Christian Science Monitor

by Danna Harman

May 18, 2004

Outside Fairhaven School, half a dozen teenagers are whacking one another over the heads with plastic swords. An interactive antiterrorism computer game is raging in the video room, card games are being played in the lounge. And, in the silent room, two t

The three R's are of no interest to anyone here. Fairhaven, modeled after a system called the Sudbury Valley School, is a school, yes. But not as you might know it.

The Christian Science Monitor

by Amanda Paulson

May 4, 2004

At first glance, the Magnor family look like typical home schoolers. The five younger kids in the family head to the basement or the computer by the kitchen once breakfast is over. Patrick struggles through an earth science lesson as Annie reads "A Wrinkl

Technically, however, the four children are enrolled in the Northern Ozaukee School District. They're taught by certified teachers and the district gets state funds to support their education.

Cross Walk

by Jim Brown and Jenni Parker

May 1, 2004

A Christian family has sued a Pennsylvania school district, claiming the state's home education law violates their religious convictions.

Pennsylvania's home-schooling regulations are rigorous, requiring meticulous record-keeping and submission of notarized paperwork on the home schoolers' intended curriculum, a criminal background stipulation, each child's medical information, ongoing progress logs, and the end-of-year progress reports, which must be signed by a third party.

The Christian Science Monitor

by Patrik Jonsson

April 29, 2004

More and more, African-American families redefine 'homeroom'.

There are 200-odd houses in Durham's Eno Trace, but the Smiths' home, at 13 Warbler Lane, is a bit unusual. The first clue: a wooden school desk in the middle of the den. While other kids stream to bus stops on Monday morning, the two oldest Smith girls - Courtney and Erika - head out to babysit: lessons in physics and American history often wait until nightfall.

The Christian Science Monitor

by April Austin

March 23, 2004

Conservative causes permeate the curricula of some homeschoolers. Is it education or indoctrination?

At age 7, Jared Gamble's parents took him to a rally to protest the expansion of a greyhound racetrack in Lincoln, R.I., into a gambling casino 10 minutes from their home. But the Gambles' participation in the protest that day wasn't just about their moral and civic opposition to the casino. As a homeschool family, they also considered the rally an academic field trip designed to teach their son about democracy in action.

Rocky Mountain News

by M.E. Sprengelmeyer

March 2, 2004

He urges schools to teach benefits of Western civilization

Rep. Tom Tancredo's latest crusade is to save Western civilization - or at least its reputation.


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