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September 14, 2015

A teachers strike in Washington state has left 53,000 students without a classroom.

"There's a big irony here right now in Seattle," said Liv Finne, director of Education for the Washington Policy Center, which advocates for charter schools in the state. "The teachers are on strike in the traditional schools-there's nobody going to school. Yet, the three charter schools that are in Seattle are open for business."

September 11, 2015

Have you met someone who's lived off grid for more than 30 years? Jill has lived this way and thrives. Other people come to visit to learn from her. Now here's your chance to meet her.

This wonderful woman is Jill Redwood. Jill built her house in East Gippsland, Australia where she has lived alone for over 30 years entirely off-grid with no mains power, water, mobile reception or television.

by Andrea Mulder-Slater

September 7, 2015

A few years ago when I was throwing around the idea of homeschooling my daughter, I had a discussion with a friend of mine over coffee and goldfish crackers while our kids played with wooden trains.

It was a reasonable assumption. After all, I'm an introverted artist and writer living rurally with extended family and plenty of bizarre thoughts floating around in my head. Basically, I'm a weirdo. But no, I wasn't homeschooled. I was educated in the public school system. That's right Mrs. Warnica, what I am today is all on you.

by Anita Chabria

August 30, 2015

With the passage of a new law this summer mandating vaccines for schoolkids in California, home school advocates and organizations say they are seeing surging interest in off-campus education options that would exempt them from the requirement.

"The word on the streets is that, yes, people are coming to home schooling," said Sarah Ford, membership director for Sonoma County Homeschoolers Nonprofit in northern California. The controversial mandate, co-authored by state Senator Richard Pan, a pediatrician backed by the California Medical Association, requires any student in public or private school to have 10 vaccinations as an attendance requirement, with some exceptions for medical conditions.

by Jessica Huseman

August 29, 2015

Her bill, introduced in 2004, would've required parents, for the first time, to notify the state that their children were being home-schooled, have them complete the same annual tests as public school students, and submit proof of annual medical tests.

Soon afterward, a small group of home-schooling parents began following Weinberg around the capitol. The barrage of phone calls from home-schooling advocates so jammed her office phone lines that staffers had to use their private cellphones to conduct business. "You would have thought I'd recommended the end of the world as we know it," said Weinberg. "Our office was besieged."

August 25, 2015

Here are a few things I want the woman who will one day hold my son's heart to know.

Even though I look at my sons and see my babies, I'm not raising babies. I am raising men. Men who some day will hopefully become fathers and husbands. Some of the most important roles in existence. It's my job as their mother to raise them with the skills necessary to go out into the world and fulfill those roles well. Each and every day I am gifted with these boys, I am committed to that responsibility.

August 25, 2015

This is a good lesson for all of us, no matter what stage of life you're in. You'll see what I mean.

A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her - her husband had cheated on her and she was devastated. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as soon as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

August 24, 2015

Over a year ago, Atlanta's Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran wrote a book called Who Told You That You Were Naked?, which outlined his Christian faith.

The book was on shelves for a year before it was discovered, and now the Chief has been suspended from his position. According to Mayor Reed of Atlanta, the Chief was fired for writing the book without permission.

by Lisa Robbins

August 23, 2015

Another school year is just getting started. If you are dreading sending your kids back to school, maybe now is a good time to consider homeschooling.

Educating kids at home has come with some stigma in the past, but in recent years, homeschooling has had a face-lift. Here are some reasons why you might want to skip the PTA this year, and opt for a ticket to the next homeschooling convention instead:

by Morgan Jacobsen

August 21, 2015

Two charter schools will close permanently after the Utah State Charter School Board proposed last week to terminate the schools, which were put on probation early this year for budget, enrollment and academic problems.

Alianza Academy, a K-8 charter school in West Valley City and South Salt Lake, and the Wasatch Institute of Technology in Murray both decided not to appeal the board's proposal. Between them, the two charters were set to enroll about 400 students this year. Alianza began classes Wednesday, and the bell will ring for the last time at 3 p.m. Friday. Wasatch Institute will not open Monday as originally scheduled.