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Michigan House Civics Commission Unveils Web Site
November 26, 2003
The Michigan House Civics Commission (MHCC) today announced the unveiling of its interactive web site
This web site, formatted for easy use by teachers and students alike, provides thorough explanation on the purpose of the commission, as well as its many components. <a href="http://www.civicscommission.com" target="_blank" title="Visit Michigan's Civics Commission Website">www.civicscommission.com</a><br><br>More information can be attained from Rep. Hart's Lansing office at (517) 373-0218.
U-M partners with Columbia University on $7.5 million child care research archive
by Press Release
November 20, 2003
Parents and policy makers will soon be able to tap into a new federally funded online archive to find the latest and most trustworthy academic research on child care.
The system, which will also aid child care providers, is being developed at the University of Michigan's Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), with the initial version of the Web site expected to be accessible by early 2004.
Social Worker Union Claims Homeschooling Contributes to Child Abuse
November 18, 2003
Home School Group Warns of Growing Trend to Try to Link Homeschooling to Abuse
Carla Katz, the president of the Communications Workers of America, a union representing social workers in New Jersey, testified at the hearing. In her remarks, Katz stated the following: "Home schooling creates gaps. Nearly 20% of all abuse cases are reported by schools. When children are outside the school system, extra protections are critical. There are no home schooling regulations that would require homeschooled children to see anyone from the public education system. There is no cross-referencing with the Department of Education to look for children who are in the 'system' but have not been seen by anyone."
Students' kiss not just a kiss
The Sydney Morning Herald
by Ylan Mui
November 17, 2003
You've seen Britney and Madonna. Now a US high school has seen two 17-year-olds, Katherine Pecore and Stephanie Haaser, lock lips on top of a lunch table.
The result- Two-day suspensions, a school protest and 15 minutes of fame.<br><br>The girls say the kiss was staged to protest against homophobia. It happened in the middle of lunch at River Hill High School in Maryland.
Home School Versus Home Room: The Education Debate
WAFF TV (AL)
by Jason Gaston
November 15, 2003
An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 families homeschool in Alabama. That number climbs higher each year.
It's one of the fastest growing forms of education in the Heart of the Valley. But what really appeals to families when it comes to homeschooling- Is public education really that bad- WAFF 48 News Education Reporter Jason Gaston set out to separate myth from reality.<br><br>You may be surprised to learn Alabama has no law governing homeschools. It's up to each family to be honest and make sure their kids pass the test.
Home schoolers find transition easy
by Zack Surak
Change in lifestyle for the home schooled is not noticeably turbulent, many former home-schoolers say.
Shawruss said home schooling enabled her to focus on her studies without much of the wasted time and other distractions of the classroom setting.<br><br>"Basically, one feature I found with home schooling is that it eliminates a lot of the superfluous time that gets wasted, particularly at the grade school level, as opposed to less time wasted as when one reaches the higher educational levels," Shawruss said.<br><br>"People who have never home schooled somehow think we're unsocial - people who live in a dark corners," Shawruss said. "In fact, I believe that as a home schooler, I was able to become more socialized than I would have otherwise because I wasn't forced to be confined with one particular artificially constructed group for all my activities and time."
Make Home Schooling Safe for Children
New York Times
Nine states allow parents to remove children from school without reporting that they are doing so.
The schooling laws fly in the face of compulsory education statutes that have been on the books throughout this country since the early 20th century, not to mention the new national push to raise standards and improve student achievement.
Family in need of assistance over the holidays
Gloucester Co. Times (NJ)
by Steve Eichmann
November 14, 2003
With the holidays approaching, one family is hoping they have enough money to continue to pay medical bills, let alone gifts.
Twelve-year-old Lee Jennings of Pittsgrove Township was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in late 2002. Because the disease was already progressed, Jennings was immediately placed into intensive chemotherapy.<br><br>Jennings had to be removed from Pittsgrove Middle School and is currently receiving home-schooling. Due to his weakened immune system, Jennings cannot be exposed to other sick children as even those with a common cold could affect Jennings health.
Son, 14, charged in mother's slaying
The State (SC)
by Monique Angle
Adopted boy was angry over being put on restriction, Lexington
Clayton and her husband adopted the teenager and two other children from Guatemala about a year ago, Metts said, but authorities didn't know if the children are siblings.<br><br>The eight children were home schooled because of the family's religious beliefs, Metts said. Clayton was not a member of The South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools, but she was known by employees there.
Say No To The Federal Homeschool Legislation
Home Education Magazine
by Larry and Susan Kaseman
November 12, 2003
Aunt Tilly calls. "You know I support your homeschooling. But I just read an article about how homeschoolers are demanding special favors from the federal government...
It's really not fair for homeschoolers to expect to be allowed to homeschool and still get everything kids in regular schools get." From State Senator Reasonable you hear, "I've gone along with your notions about homeschooling laws over the years, and I know all three of your kids are doing well. But I'm concerned about families where the kids aren't learning anything.
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