Questions about graduating a home-schooled student

In my homeschool group the question was presented about difficulties with using a high school diploma for getting into colleges.  For our oldest who graduated from high school earlier this year we decided to give her a diploma based on recommendations from other parents.  We were told that having her take the GED could end up signifying that she had not completed school which is not true! I am going to share some of the experiences other parents shared with using a diploma that was issued by parents and NOT considered acceptable to a college due to it not coming from an accredited school!

Not only did we give our oldest a diploma but as another parents shared, my husband and I both did sign the diploma.  He was the Administrator/Principal and I am the teacher.  For our child this is acceptable for her future education but if your child is attending a college that insists on a diploma you could try one of the suggestions below and contact the “Home School Legal Defense Association” for assistance:

We just came up against this issue of the GED. My daughter wants to  apply to a private college in California and the only way, they say, they will accept her is if she takes the GED because her high school diploma doesn’t come from an accredited school. I have to admit, I’m angry. A GED means someone didn’t finish high school. Not only did she finish but she also spent her senior year at the community college and came out with a 3.8 and she took some upper level classes.

 I’m getting ready to challenge the college. Anyone have any  suggestions or experience doing this? I’m betting they have students with high school diplomas from state schools that aren’t accredited since some many across the US aren’t accredited.”
“We always recommend getting an opinion from HSLDA before going the GED route. They have worked with the military to have homeschooled students classified differently than GED holders (dropouts). They have worked with  many colleges, both public and private, to have homeschooled students evaluated on an even playing field with all other applicants. Even if you
are not a member, you can ask. The worst they could say is no, we can’t help you since you’re not a member – but sometimes they help even non-members when the issue affects their members, too.
What I have seen in the past 20+ years is when homeschoolers apply to some colleges, those colleges insist on the GED – because those colleges get money from the state for every student who goes through their GED program.
This especially happens at community colleges. Since your daughter also has a college transcript she should submit it with
her application to the private college. Then she is a transfer student and not a candidate for the GED program.”

Our family did use the Switched on Schoolhouse curriculum for their high school education classes. My oldest did have an opportunity to take some of the GED practice tests before the changeover to Common Core, so if you do decide to go with a GED please be aware that almost all (if not ALL) will be based on the new education requirements.

Interactive Math 40% off Fall Sale

For those who may be interested, this sale will last until September 21st!!!

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Sale on Supercharged Science Program — Only $10 today

For those who might be interested in this program for their science needs, I am passing this information along!

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In addition to everything I described in the video that’s included with this 3-DVD set of my Ultimate Science Curriculum (47 weeks worth of hands-on science lessons, step-by-step “how-to” videos, textbook reading, exercises, quizzes, etc.), you’re also going to get 6 extra bonuses for FREE!

With my new Ultimate Science Curriculum program, you’re going to get a complete DVD-based science curriculum that will guide your kids through 47 weeks of hands-on science education. It is appropriate for grades 2-9 (plus some advanced High School level bonus material)

Since its self-guiding, even if you don’t have time to teach science, or science isn’t your thing, it’s not a problem.

Just set your kids up with the DVD’s and some easy-to-get parts, and I’ll take it from there.

Most of all, it helps kids relate the science they’re learning back to the world around us in a genuinely meaningful way.

You know, a lot of homeschoolers struggle when it comes to teaching science. As a result, either they don’t teach it well, or sometimes skip it entirely.

In the end, it’s the kids who really miss out.

Some parents just don’t have the background to teach science, and others don’t have the time.

Sometimes parents have kids who are really interested in science, but just can’t find enough decent-quality, organized, lessons to fill their kids’ appetite.

And on the other hand, parents write to me about kids who are bored with traditional dry and dull science lessons.

If you can relate to any of these. Please don’t feel bad. You’re not alone.

The Ultimate Science Curriculum is a DVD video-based science curriculum that explains topics to kids in a hands-on real-world way using step-by-step video lessons to guide them through every detail of each lesson, experiment and project. Then it introduces academics to support the lesson your child is working on.

Each lesson includes step-by-step videos, detailed reading, exercises and quizzes.

Since the program is completely on DVD, you can use it even if you don’t have a high-speed internet connection available.

  And remember, while this is a DVD program, it’s primarily based on hands-on science. This means that your kids will be spending most of their time creating experiments and building projects (not just looking at a computer).

Since it’s a self-guiding program , while you’re welcome to go through it alongside your kids, it’s designed so you don’t have to. Just set your kids up, and they’ll go on their own.

Here’s what is included in this set of the Ultimate Science Curriculum DVD program:

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It turns out that Cathy Duffy rated us as one of her top 101 picks for 2013 out of all the educational programs available.

And I was really touched when I learned that in Practical Homeschooling Magazine‘s annual reader poll, Supercharged Science was voted by homeschoolers as the BEST science program available in not one, but all five science categories.

On top of this, dozens of other random web sites have given our programs really amazing reviews.

In addition to the Ultimate Science Curriculum itself, I’m going to give you 6 extra bonuses for being a Supercharged Science newsletter reader.

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A pre-release copy of my brand new Advanced Physics Lab program. This is another whole science curriculum that includes 10 weeks of physics lessons for advanced grade 5-8 students, as well as high school students. It includes step-by-step videos, textbook reading, exercises, homework, quizzes, graphs, data tables and more. You’ll get the online pre-release version before anyone else has access to it.

 

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My Total Happiness Guarantee. I want you and your kids to be totally and completely happy with my Ultimate Science Curriculum. If you don’t like it, or it’s just not right for you, no problem. Just let me know within the first 30 days of your order and I’ll never charge you again. AND you can keep the entire curriculum!There’s nothing to send back.

 

Bonus #3 (Worth $40): Special Best Science Activities DVD

My Special favorite science activities DVD. A few weeks after you receive the Ultimate Science Curriculum, I am going to mail you another special science projects DVD that comes with a whole host of extra projects and activities. This is just my gift to you for taking the initiative and allowing me to share this wonderful experience with your kids this year. (International shipping is extra).

 

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Registration with the district to homeschool is not necessary

The following reminder was sent to me this morning.  Remember to sign up with HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) and FHE (Families for Home Education) to receive important updates about your homeschooling rights!!  If you are part of a local homeschool community many times you may obtain a discount on your membership with either groups by showing your membership card. 

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Greetings fellow home educators,
As the school year approaches, FORMS from school districts are surfacing in home educators’ mailboxes . These forms come with the request that parents fill out all the information and thereby register their homeschool with the district.  Some parents, uncertain of their legal rights and understandably loathe to bring trouble on themselves, hasten to comply.
It seems like a logical time to address this perennial problem. MISSOURI LAW DOES NOT REQUIRE THAT YOU REGISTER WITH YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT.
In recent years, school districts around the state have really stepped up their efforts to deceive (and I do not use that term lightly) home educating parents into believing that registration on an annual basis is required by the state.
This is an absolute falsehood. In fact, every time the school lawyers are contacted by HSLDA lawyers, they back down.  I have a copy of a letter that Scott Woodruff sent to the Ashland school district a few years ago.  Upon receiving Woodruff’s letter, the school quietly stopped harassing parents for that school year.  However they resumed the campaign to persuade families to register the following year. They go so far as to put an advertisement in the Ashland paper, putting the burden on homeschool families to register in order to not be considered truant!
You can look up on the DESE website to see that they correctly state that home educators are not required to register with the school districts.  They underline the word “may”.
Unfortunately, there are too many parents who comply with the erroneous demands of school districts; it emboldens the district personnel to continue to create these forms and to harass home educators.
What is in it for them?  MONEY.  There is some sort of formula through which they can collect more money from the state if they can list home educated children in their district as having registered with them.  Additionally, there is no shortage of those in the state system who have philosophical objections to families not enrolling  children in public school.  It is a control issue.
Why is it in our best interest to resist their demands?  To retain jurisdiction over our own children and the education programs we choose.  If we concede that the state should have the right to oversee our homeschool programs, then we will lose our footing as free and independent “schools”.  We will inevitably slide down that slippery slope of losing freedoms.  We have already seen in the last decade how legislators have tried to introduce bills that would  infringe on our freedoms. Bills that would require * mandatory testing * state teacher certification for parents *common core curriculum for all etc. etc.  It is not passé to be at the ready to defend our rights to choose home education!
Pleas KNOW the Missouri statute pertaining to compulsory school and particularly the section directly pertaining to home education.
If you feel obligated to respond to the school district in one way or another, having received a form,  then consider writing a letter — similar to the withdrawal letter sample offered on FHE website.  Craft your letter so that your message is not misconstrued as registration; it is merely notification of intent to homeschool, it verifies that you are familiar with the state statues and will comply; your children are not truant. You do not have to give names and ages of children.  You do not have to re-notify them on an annual basis. 
Thanks for defending your right, and the rights of all homeschoolers now and in the future. By all means, spread the word to homeschool families who may not be a part of your local support group.

GED Prep information

In my homeschool group discussion has been made about GED diplomas and requirement needed.  Someone sent out a message letting us know that the cost of the GED test will be going up next year.  This may affect you in your area, however, it is something to consider.

I did send out the question on good preparation material and was given a few suggestions:

collegeboard.com

http://www.eknowledge.com/special_prerelease_2013.aspx?coupon=2CF1F27144&x=3

We use Switched on Schoolhouse software which offers GED Prep classes in the various subjects as an elective.  I was told that the material in the class is a refresher of what has been taught…  You can access their webpage at: https://www.aophomeschooling.com/switched-on-schoolhouse/electives.html

I hope this information helps!  If there are any other suggestions, please feel free to send them in.

Thank you!

 

Calls needed to stop Common Core initiative!!!

Call Now to Stop Federal Takeover of Missouri Education

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Powerful forces in Washington, D.C., are seeking to centralize control over education and dictate what children in America must learn—perhaps even homeschoolers. And they are doing it through an ingenious program called “Common Core State Standards.”

Federal control over education would mean that dominant groups could force-feed children exactly the doctrine and world view they want them to believe.

If they had been transparent and simply filed a bill in Congress to empower the federal government to control the content of education, a firestorm of criticism would have doomed it. But they were clever: they offered money to state bureaucrats to do “voluntarily” what they themselves could not do without generating a nationwide outcry.

The result is that 45 states-including Missouri—took the bait, gave up the right to choose what their children would learn, and promised to create a system that would require all public children to learn exactly the same things.

This could affect homeschoolers profoundly if it is not stopped. College admissions tests are already changing to submit to Common Core. The ability to enter college or get a scholarship could one day depend on having learned the Common Core. Getting a job or getting into the military could one day depend on learning the Common Core. Even some homeschool curriculum providers have announced that their books comply with Common Core!

Once all public school children are learning exactly the same things nationwide, the path is laid to force private schools and homeschools to comply. After all, why should some non-conformists be allowed to teach their kids anything they want when “everyone” is learning Common Core? It is not unthinkable that your freedom to teach your children what you know they should learn could vanish—or it could be penalized beyond anything we might now imagine.

The federalization of education content would be a huge step toward turning the clock back and ending homeschool freedom.

And if federalization is successful, the seemingly unquenchable lust for centralization will certainly set its eyes on the next target: internationalization. And in the international arena, it’s perfectly acceptable to completely forbid homeschooling: just ask the Konrad and Romeike families from Germany or the Johansson family from Sweden.

But in Missouri, there is hope for change! Two bills are pending in the Missouri Legislature that would extract the state from Common Core: SB 210 and HB 616. They need your help!

Action Requested

Please call your Missouri state senator and your representative right away. Keep in mind that state bureaucrats joined Common Core without any approval from the Missouri Legislature. Your lawmakers are not the bad guys! But they DO have the power to solve the problem.

The message to your state senator could be as simple as “Please vote YES on SB 210. Give Missouri back the right to choose its own educational destiny.”

The message to your state representative could be as simple as “Please vote YES on HB 616. Give Missouri back the right to choose its own educational destiny.” You should feel free to develop a message that is more personal using information from this e-lert or other sources. Since this affects all parents, it is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

Also please call your two U.S. senators (Blunt and McCaskill). Iowa’s Senator Chuck Grassley is circulating a letter for U.S. senators to sign opposing the funding of a nationalized curriculum. Your message to Senators Blunt and McCaskill can be as simple as: “Please sign onto Senator Grassley’s letter urging Congress to defund the Common Core Curriculum Standards Initiative. The federal government should not be using taxpayer dollars to pressure the states into adopting educational goals and curriculum which should be decided by local parents, teachers, and schools.”

Contact Information

Use this link to find your Missouri state senator and representative and their contact information.

Use the link below to get contact information for U.S. senators Blunt and McCaskill: Call 202 224-3121 or visit this page to get contact information for your U.S. senators.

Background

For an explanation of how Common Core got started, read this article by HSLDA’s Director of Federal Relations, Will Estrada.

“What if I told you that Obama’s education-policy reforms, arguably pushed through without the good graces of the law, were crippling children’s imagination, stifling their creativity and on the whole setting them up to become less moral, kind empathetic people?”Read the rest of this National Review article.

The Heritage Foundation believes Common Core decreases a student’s ability to develop analytical thinking.

This article by a former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education under Clinton and Bush explains how federal money controlled the entire operation and how little input was received.

Implementation of Common Core in California means that bright 8th graders can no longer take Algebra I, because one set of Common Core standards is required for every grade. (California Education Code 60605.11(b)(3)). Massachusetts had to water down its math standards to comply with Common Core.

The College Board, owner of the SAT college admission test, is already changing the test to comply with Common Core.

This Cato article discusses the pressure to turn national education standards into federal education standards.

“The Common Core State Standards have no more legitimacy than the plans of your local village idiot to reform education.”

This Christian Post editorial asserts that “There is no evidence that the curriculum works, and it will destroy innovation amongst states.”

The left-leaning Brookings Institute says Common Core won’t improve the education kids get. Brookings says that neither the quality nor rigor of state standards is related to student achievement.

Although the Common Core is paraded as the work of states working together, the U.S. Department of Education is already jumping in.

In addition to an organization that controls the Common Core standards themselves, there is a group creating a national curriculum that implements the Common Core standards, and at least two groups are creating a national test that will test students on their knowledge of the Common Core standards.

A bill is pending in Iowa that will create a state panel to encourage businesses to give hiring preferences to students who earn a “certificate of competency” from their public school. While it’s difficult to tell if this is directly related to Common Core, it is a very troubling example of how state legislatures can link hiring preferences with certain preferred types of education. See p.33 starting at line 23.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely Yours,
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Senior Counsel, HSLDA

 

More help needed for the Romeikes’ family and homeschooling rights!!

The following is a letter from the HSLDA organization:

Dear Members and friends,

HSLDA has sent an urgent request for immediate action.

The Romeikes family, who fled to the United States to escape persecution from the German government for home schooling their children were granted asylum by U.S. Immigration Judge Lawrence O. Burman  on January 26, 2010. Unfortunately,the United States Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) overturned Judge Burman’s decision on May 4, 2012. HSLDA has appealed that decision to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and oral arguments are scheduled to be heard April 23, 2012.

This decision is not only important for the Romeikes family, but to our own home school freedom in the United States. Michael  Smith, HSLDA president says, “If the Sixth Circuit agrees with the government, this could be a major blow to U.S. homeschooling freedom.”

Please take time to:

1. Sign the White House petition at  https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/immediate-action-requested-romeikes%E2%80%94grant-permanent-legal-status-persecuted-german-homeschool-family/06vqtgCp?m=t

2. Pray for the Romeikes family  and Michael Farris as he prepares and presents the oral arguments.

 

See more information below on signing the White House petition, back ground information, and how this issue could impact our U.S. homeschool freedoms.

Al and Sheryl Schmidt for the FHE Board

FHE Region 6 East Directors

417-859-7908

1-877-696-6343 ext. 62

fheregion6east@gmail.com

www.fhe-mo.org

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Message from HSLDA (http://www.hslda.org/legal/cases/romeike.asp?page=1)

 

Take a #Stand4Romeike

To raise awareness of the Romeikes plight, HSLDA is engaged in a massive social media campaign to petition the White House on behalf of the family.

We initiated this White House petition because we believe that it is one of the most effective ways to help the Romeike family for the following reasons:

1.  The White House responds to any petition that receives 100,000 signatures in 30 days.

                2.  The Obama administration has the authority to grant the Romeikes asylum.

                3.  Using an official White House petition encourages everyone to take this issue seriously.

The only required fields on the White House form are the name and email address of the person signing the petition. Zip code is optional. The government has already gathered as much or more personal information than this from those who file tax returns, have a bank account, or have a Social Security number. Many individuals establish “public sphere” email accounts, reserving their primary account for personal coorespondence.

U.S. Government Seeks to Deport German Homeschool Family

In August 2008, Uwe and Hannelore Romeike fled from Germany to the United States after their family was persecuted for homeschooling. Fleeing exorbitant fines, the threat of forcible removal of their children, and possible imprisonment, the Romeikes were initially granted political asylum in the U.S.

The United States Government Agency for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) disagreed and appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals, which reversed, ordering the Romeikes to be deported. Home School Legal Defense Association is appealing their case to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Oral arguments are scheduled for April 23, 2013. HSLDA has also initiated a petition asking the Obama administration to grant the Romeikes permanent legal status.

Fleeing for Freedom

On a trip to Germany in 2007, HSLDA Director for International Affairs Mike Donnelly learned that the Romeikes were being fined thousands of dollars and that the authorities were preparing to bring an action to put a lien on their home for payment of the fines. “I knew that this was only a starting point,” Donnelly said, “and that it was very likely that more severe action would eventually be taken, since homeschooling is illegal in Germany. Uwe told me that he and Hanne thought that they might have to leave their country.”

Donnelly has been working on the Romeikes’ case from the beginning and called the family’s actions heroic. “This is a family who gave up almost everything for a shot at freedom to homeschool,” he said. “Uwe is a piano teacher by trade and sold his grand piano to fund his family’s escape.”

The Romeike family arrived the U.S. in August 2008 with only what they could carry. Local homeschoolers gave them a warm welcome and helped them find a place to live.

A Safe Haven

During the nearly two years it took for the Romeikes’ asylum application to come before a judge, the Romeikes continued to homeschool and began building a life for themselves in Tennessee.

Uwe recalls their January 20, 2010, hearing: “It was difficult to hear the government’s attorney go against us. As he was making his closing argument, I kept feeling lower and lower because he was explaining all the reasons why the judge shouldn’t grant us asylum.”

The family was elated when U.S. Immigration Judge Lawrence O. Burman granted them asylum on January 26, 2010. In his groundbreaking decision, the judge found that homeschoolers are a persecuted particular social group in Germany and that the German government’s actions frustrated the Romeikes’ religious convictions for homeschooling.

“The decision was an extraordinary recognition of the fundamental importance of the right of parents to raise their children according to the dictates of individual conscience,” said HSLDA Director of Litigation Jim Mason, who helped write HSLDA’s appeal. “Judge Burman noted that the rights being denied the Romeikes were ‘basic human rights that no country has a right to violate.’ ”

U.S. Immigration Reverses Asylum

However, on May 4, 2012, the United States Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) overturned Judge Burman’s decision.

The BIA agreed with the government’s argument that U.S. law recognizes the “broad power of the state to prohibit or regulate homeschooling.” ICE took the position that Germany’s harsh treatment of homeschoolers is merely prosecution, not persecution. HSLDA is appealing to United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

ICE’s Dangerous Views of our Freedom

HSLDA chairman and constitutional attorney Michael Farris noted three troubling arguments in the government’s response to HSLDA’s appeal.

“First, the United States argued that a nation violates no one’s rights by banning homeschooling,” Farris said.

“Second, the government contended that the Romeikes’ case failed to show there was any discrimination based on religion because, among other reasons, the Romeikes did not prove that all homeschoolers are religious or that all Christians believe they must homeschool.

“However,” said Farris, “religious freedom is an individual right. One need not be a part of any church or other religious group to be able to make a religious freedom claim.”

The third troubling point Farris identified is that one of the grounds for U.S. asylum is if persecution is aimed at a “particular social group.” The definition of a “particular social group” requires a showing of an “immutable” characteristic that cannot change or should not be required to be changed, he said.

Arguing that homeschoolers are too vague or amorphous to be a social group, the government also said that since there are many different reasons people homeschool, homeschooling is not immutable. The government asserted that parents can easily change their educational choice by sending their children to public or private school. Echoing arguments from the German constitutional court that has upheld Germany’s ban on home education, the U.S. argued that children are only in school 22-26 hours a week and parents can teach whatever they want outside public school hours.

“There are two main problems with this argument,” Farris explained.

“The first is that our government does not understand that families like the Romeikes have two goals when they choose homeschooling. They want to teach their children certain things, and they want to avoid having their children taught certain things. Sending their children to school would violate this second goal.”

“And finally,” said Farris, “no one contends that homeschooling is a characteristic that cannot be changed. We simply contend that in a free nation, this is a characteristic that should not be required to be changed.”

What Does this Mean for U.S. Homeschoolers?

Although U.S. education laws are controlled by the states and this case is being decided in the immigration context, Farris is concerned that the logic behind the government’s arguments could eventually be applied to all American homeschoolers.

“When the United States government says that homeschooling is a mutable choice, it is saying that a government can legitimately coerce you to change this choice,” Farris said. “In other words, you have no protected right to choose what type of education your children will receive. We should understand that in these arguments by the U.S. government, something important is being said about the liberties of American homeschoolers.”

The Romeikes are certain to face some form of government persecution if they are forced to return to Germany. Judge Burman wrote that the United States could be a place of refuge for the Romeikes. Regrettably, the Obama administration doesn’t agree.

If you join with HSLDA in defending this family, you join us to defend all homeschooling families. Please keep HSLDA’s legal team in your thoughts and prayers as they defend the Romeikes.

We also urge you to sign the petition asking the government to grant them permanent legal status.