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World Net Daily

by Diana Lynne

October 30, 2003

33 House members 'deeply offended' by 'biased' report

Congressman Todd Akin, R-Mo., who homeschooled -- and currently homeschools -- his five children spearheaded the effort. Akin's son, Perry, recently graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. <br><br>The letter points out what CBS left out of the report and questions its conclusion that more regulation over homeschooling is needed.

Hillsboro Free Press (KS)

by Cynthia Martens

October 29, 2003

No questions are asked about need, and income restrictions do not exist.

Her main goal is to help those in need, but Dicks said that's not her only goal.<br><br>"I home school my children, so that's my main job," Dicks said. "I'm an instructor for Creative Memories, and I also teach sign language part time for Butler County Community College." <br><br>No mention is made of payment for the clothing, but she keeps a coffee can by the front door if guests want to make a free-will donation.

icWales (UK)

by Jenny Rees

October 29, 2003

POOR parenting skills, dysfunctional families and television have been named by teachers as the three most significant factors in the decline of pupil behaviour in schools.

Research for NASUWT reveals teachers in both primary and secondary schools believe some parents need classes in how to tackle their children's bad behaviour. <br><br>Teachers also suggest that dysfunctional family life causes indiscipline, as well as other difficulties, in children and that school provides the only stable place for many young people.

Jackson Sun (TN)

by Rachael Myer

October 29, 2003

Local officials: Students shift from private to public schools

Almost 22 percent of Madison Academic Magnet High School's students previously attended private school or home school, said Principal Tommy Allen. The high school opened in August.

by Jim Brown

October 29, 2003

The first large-scale study of adults who were home-schooled as children has been released, and among other revelations, it debunks the notion that home schoolers become socially isolated.

The survey found that nearly 75% of adults who were home educated have gone on to take college courses, while only 46% of their peers who were not home schooled went on to study at the college level. Ray says home-schooled adults are, "at a higher rate than the national average, interested in continued formal education, college and so forth." And the researcher adds that home-schooled adults are also "very active in their local communities -- more so than the general population, and they appear to be very civically engaged -- again more so than the general population."

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.

The Mercury News

by Mercury News Editorial

October 28, 2003

Supportive Governor and reorganized association could bring huge growth in number of students

The next few years could see substantial growth in the charter movement. That should benefit not only families looking for more education choices but also public schools, which will face pressure in the form of competition to improve.<br><br>There are now 471 charter schools serving 170,000 -- 2 percent -- of the state's students. The reorganized California Charter Schools Association has set an ambitious goal of adding 1,000 schools, with a half-million more students, in five years.

by Art Moore

October 23, 2003

Refutes 'socialization' concerns posed by thinkers in academia

76 percent of homeschool graduates surveyed between the ages of 18 to 24 voted within the last five years, compared to only 29 percent of the corresponding U.S. population. <br><br>"Homeschooling will tend to develop students with strong independent thinking and critical-mindedness," he said.

The San Diego Union Tribune (CA)

by Chris Moran

October 22, 2003

Eleven years after California became the second state to allow charter schools, a new association has called for a tripling of the number of these schools and a quadrupling of enrollment to 670,000 over the next decade.

Association leaders want to add 1,000 charter schools statewide and increase enrollment by 500,000 students. <br><br>Charter school leaders say their schools are under more pressure to produce than traditional public schools. Most public schools continue to operate regardless of performance, while charter schools can be closed instantly if they fail to fulfill their pledges. Charter school applications are typically reviewed every five years by local school boards.<br><br>In California, 31 schools have had their charters revoked for fiscal improprieties, substandard academic performance or other shortcomings. Sixty-five closed on their own.

Pacific Justice Institute

October 19, 2003

Just before the election, Governor Gray Davis signed a bill into law (SB71), which will allow public schools and teachers to question children at any age about their parents and family, or about personal sexual issues, without parental consent.

Before SB71, public schools were required by state law to obtain prior written parental consent before any student could be given or posed any questions regarding sex, family life, morality or religion. The new California law will now only require written notice, which may be placed in a stack of other materials at the beginning of the school year. Fortunately for parents in California, a federal statute sponsored by President Bush, the No Child Left Behind bill, will still put the requirement of prior written consent on all public schools that receive federal money.

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