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ReliableAnswers.com

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.

The Oregonian

by Melissa L. Jones

October 31, 2003

Janice Tarlecki, who home-schooled her daughters, says the school won't award Amy full transfer credits

Barlow officials say most of Amy Tarlecki's home-school work doesn't qualify for credits. Without the proper number of credits to get a diploma, she is not allowed to walk in ceremonies, school officials said.

Pittsburgh Live

by Chuck Biedka

October 31, 2003

"The downside to the bill is that the district has little control over home-schooled students.

Higgins likes a bill in Harrisburg to allow home-schooled students to take part in extra-curricular events in the school district where they live if it's monitored. <br><br>Leyland, too, wants any home-schooled student to meet Kiski Area academic and other requirements to take part in sports or other extra-curricular activities.

Newark Star Ledger (NJ)

by Judith Lucas and Mary Jo Patterson

October 31, 2003

The police chief in Collingswood confirmed receiving a report that the Jacksons had checked out a library book outlining how to get government aid and grants.

Raymond Jackson is unemployed and deeply in debt, according to his pastor. In recent months, his main source of income appears to have been adoption and foster care subsidies from the state. In addition to the four boys, the parents had two adopted daughters and a foster daughter. <br><br>Keith Jackson, now 14, was enrolled as a special education student from 1996 to 1999, he said. During that time, Vanessa Jackson struck the teachers as an interested parent, according to the superintendent. Mrs. Jackson withdrew him from school in 1999, saying she would home-school him, and submitted a letter outlining a curriculum.

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.

ReliableAnswers.com

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.

World Net Daily

by David N. Bass

November 8, 2003

Last Tuesday's "Rock the Vote" debate among Democratic presidential hopefuls solidifies that conclusion.

Aside from the usual attempts to be hip (including discussion of marijuana and who is best to party with), the most revealing incident in the debate was when Al Sharpton questioned Howard Dean on his October comment about the Confederate flag. Dean was quoted in the Des Moines Register as saying, "I still want to be the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks." He later apologized for the remark. <br><br>Note: David N. Bass is an 18-year-old homeschool graduate who writes for World Newspaper Publishing and is a regular columnist at AmericanDaily.com, ARationalAdvocate.com and RenewAmerica.us. He is also a contributing writer to Tolkien-Movies.com. Bass is currently working on his first novel.

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.

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.

Daily Princetonian

by Zack Surak

November 15, 2003

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."