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On the HEM-Networking discussion list, reader Cindy Deutsch posts a newspaper article and rightly asks, “Is this a new twist on daytime curfews?” The article in question is from the Rockford Star, in Rockford, IL. The article is titled “Littering Statute Clears Hurdle,” and the curfew issue is only a side issue: The committee...
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A Great News Article

The Albert Lea Tribune A wonderful article from a Minnesota newspaper about a second-generation homeschooling family: Homeschooling has been increasing in popularity for the last decade. But for many families it’s been a way of life for a much longer period of time. “It’s a lifestyle. We don’t fit our life around school, we...
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New News & Commentary Editor

Longtime homeschooling mom and activist Valerie Moon is our new HEM News & Commentary editor! Which means… yes… Ann Lahrson Fisher is retiring after two years of outstanding reporting on news affecting the homeschooling community. I know many readers will miss her always on-target commentary. Ann left a large hole when she stepped down...
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American Homeschool Association

It has been brought to our attention that someone has created a site with the URL www.americanhomeschoolassociation.com, which is obviously designed to be mistaken for the American Homeschool Association site, which ends in .org, not .com. We hope people will take care to link to the real AHA site and not the mere wanna-be.
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Mental Health Screening revisited

An important discussion is taking place on the AHA Political Action list regarding the mental health screening issue. The topic has appeared there before, but the most recent in-depth conversation started July 14 with a request: “Will someone break this down for me?” List regulars Alice Smith and Susan Ryan have quickly responded with...
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Who’s Changing the Country?

Repatria A thoughtful and thought-provoking essay from my friend Valerie. I’ve categorized it as a Key Issue because I think that’s just what it is. A short excerpt: Underdog was a favorite cartoon when I was a (big) kid, so, of course, I had to squeak up with stuff like freedom of speech, but...
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Mental Health Screening

Homeschooling Illinois – Legislation and Learning (HILL): NOT A PARTNER Not a Partner not a part…… Susan Ryan of Illinois has been tracking the mental health screening issue for a long time now, and her insights about the importance of being informed on this topic should be read by every parent, homeschooling or not....
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Happy As Kings One of my favorite and oft-visited blogs is by my long-time friend Valerie Moon, webmaster of the marvelous Military Homeschoolers website. Her blog always features the most fascinating photos, which, when gathered in a sidebar grid in thumbprint size, never fail to get my attention. So I was wandering around her...
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Welcome to HEM’s Editor’s Blog!

Welcome to the Editor’s Blog for Home Education Magazine! My name is Helen Hegener, and I’m actually the managing editor and co-publisher (with my husband, Mark). There are two other magazine editors, Carol Narigon (Articles) and Linda Dobson (Columns), and three newsletter editors: Shay Seaborne (HEM News), Ann Lahrson Fisher (HEM News & Commentary),...
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