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What message are our legislators sending to voters, when they publicly admit they haven't done their job? How many bills are passed each year that policymakers haven't even bothered to read? This is disgraceful. This is called dereliction of duties and we must demand a stop to this practice.

      
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by Annette M. Hall

November 4, 2003

The public schools are on a campaign to save their schools - but, more importantly, their jobs.

Our public schools have become very savvy over the years at using the media for their purposes. They have used it for fund-raising, to pass mileage levies against taxpayers, to influence public opinion and now to discredit homeschooling.

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by Annette M. Hall

November 3, 2003

As a cost cutting measure the State of Michigan has declared that temporary workers will not be hired this January, as usual, to process tax returns.

This year due to Michigan's looming deficit, Governor Granholm has informed tax consulting firms around the state that for the first time, since its inception all tax returns must be filed electronically.

World Net Daily

by Diana Lynne

November 3, 2003

Moore faces trial next week on violation of judicial-ethics charges

Justices refused today to hear appeals seeking to put the 5,300-pound granite cube back on display inside Alabama's state capitol.

WorldNetDaily.com

October 31, 2003

In custody case orders child's religious upbringing must not expose her to idea homosexuality wrong

A Colorado mother is appealing a child custody decision in which a court barred her from teaching homosexuality is wrong. <br><br>Cheryl Clark, who says she is a Christian, has been ordered by Denver County Circuit Judge John W. Coughlin to "make sure that there is nothing in the religious upbringing or teaching that the minor child is exposed to that can be considered homophobic."

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (AK)

by Sam Bishop

October 31, 2003

Jim Dore of Anchorage has filed as a Republican and Mike Layne of Barrow has filed as a Democrat.

Dore, who works part-time as a framing carpenter so he can help his wife homeschool their daughter, said he views himself as a conservative alternative to Murkowski. He filed as a Republican because the state's closed primary system favors conservative candidates, he said.

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by Annette M. Hall

October 30, 2003

World Net Daily reports that homeschoolers are a new political force citing a new study recently released.

Homeschoolers are, first and foremost, parents. By and large the vast majority of whom want the very best for their children and are willing to put forth the effort to achieve that goal. Many have sacrificed employment opportunities, a second income, larger homes, newer cars and more. They are putting the family first, ahead of material needs and are focused on what matters most.

Stock World (Germany)

October 30, 2003

Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB locations in Southern California will donate $300,000 to area American Red Cross chapters this week.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., operates more than 138 discount stores, 32 SAM'S CLUBS and five distribution centers -- employing more than 56,700 associates -- in California. Last year, area Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB locations donated more than $9.4 million to support California communities and local non-profit organizations. Since 2000, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has donated more than $4 million to aid communities through the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and other relief organizations during times of disaster.

El Humbre Dumbo

by Karen Rice

October 29, 2003

We all know it's there.

<strong>Eye Off The Wall</strong> presents this shocking expose of the inside of a homeschool family domicile. Not for the feeble minded, dim witted, or faint of heart. This is not a pretty site.

Saint Paul Pioneer Press (MN)

by Megan Boldt and Julio Ojeda-Zapata

October 5, 2003

The Stillwater school district's decision to provide laptop computers to junior high students for use at school and home plunges it into a debate taking place across the country: Are such efforts worth the money-

The five-year, $1.7 million deal finalized last week puts Oak-Land Junior High in the national spotlight as Apple Computer's fourth demonstration site on laptop use.<br><br>The idea has popped up at dozens of schools across the nation. Maine issues a laptop to every junior-high student and teacher in the state. Similar programs are in place in Henrico County, Va., and at Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose, Calif. A few Minnesota schools also tried similar programs.

The New York Sun

October 1, 2003

The Department of Education, it seems, doesn't know quite what to do with all of the children who have a right to transfer out of failing schools under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The city's dilemma is not difficult to understand.The federal law has established a right to transfer into a non-failing school, but it's beyond the Congress to will into existence more successful schools or more seats therein. The city has managed to slide by so far only by dint of the low rate at which parents are asking for transfers. Ahead of this school year, the parents of only about 8,000 out of 300,000 children in low-performing schools asked for and received transfers - that's fewer than 3% of those eligible and only about 0.6% of the 1.2 million children in New York City's public school system. Some have claimed that the Department of Education did not do enough to inform parents of their choices the last time around; one group even filed a class action lawsuit against the city.

      
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