Hultgren Introduces Homeschool Bill

Posted by Annie on Sep 16, 2011 in Conference, Education, Legal

Working in conjunction with HSLDA, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) introduced new federal legislation (H.R. 2910) intended to protect homeschooling students school records.

ChristianNewsWire reports:
Hultgren Introduces Homeschool Bill

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2011 — U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) will be holding a press conference call on Tuesday, September 20 at 10:30 am ET to discuss H.R. 2910, the Family Educational Records Privacy Extension Act to restore fairness and equality to homeschoolers nationwide. Hultgren introduced H.R. 2910 last week. [Click for Conference Call Details.]

Will Estrada from HSLDA, was kind enough to return my phone call today, fitting me in during his travels. We discussed concerns that I have regarding:

Folding the U.S. flag

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  • the introduction of any legislation (especially federal)
  • how this bill might affect states, like California, who homeschool under private school laws, and have no homeschool language in legislation.

According to Mr. Estrada this is the first of several pieces of legislation that may be introduced this year concerning privacy issues. He also adds that this bill will in all likelihood be rolled into another piece of legislation later this term.

As justification for the introduction of H.R. 2910, Jermemiah Lorrig cited Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) concerns and public data collection concerning minors. Mr. Lorrig stated that criminals have used such information to target children in Great Britain and in other countries.

In a nutshell, this bill makes a couple of small changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The changes are:


      Subsection (a) of section 444 of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. 1232g) is amended–
        (1) in paragraph (5)(B), by striking `attending the institution or agency’ and inserting `for whom the agency or institution maintains education records, including home-schooled students,’; and

(2) in paragraph (6), by striking `but does not include a person who has not been in attendance at such agency or institution’ and inserting `including home-schooled students’.

[Read the bill (pdf format)]

Privacy is an issue that more and more people are concerned about and if you aren’t concerned about it, you should be.

In my opinion, this legislation isn’t really necessary but homeschoolers should keep an eye on this bill because it’s only the beginning, homeschoolers can expect to see more legislation introduced during this term. I’m taking a watch and see stance at this time and I plan to listen in on the teleconference call to learn more.

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Helen Hegener…Is She Ruining Homeschooling?

Posted by Annie on Sep 2, 2011 in Education

Just exactly what does Mimi know about homeschooling?

Absolutely nothing! She operates an online school and gets paid from public education dollars.

Mimi writes…

Is Unschooling as Described by Helen Hegener Child Neglect?

Many people have wondered if unschooling is a form of parental abdication of responsibilities. Could it even be child neglect? Many unschoolers believe their children will learn “everything they need to know” from real life, without curriculum, textbooks, guidance and rules. This is a recipe for disaster in many Christian homeschoolers minds because they know that their children inherited a sinful nature and therefore need training and instruction and discipline in order to grow.

She likes to bash Unschoolers but Mimi hasn’t even bothered to check out the facts on the topic. So, why would she bash Helen for writing material, she claims hasn’t been researched — then she turns around and does the same thing.

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

Maybe Mimi is trying to ruin homeschooling by suing Helen, so that she can put more of our tax dollars in her own bank account.

IF Mimi is a Christian — I’m certain God isn’t finished with her yet.

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Fun Idea: Ice Skating

Posted by Annie on Aug 19, 2011 in Activity, California, Seasonal

If you have plans to be in the Los Angeles area this winter, take a little detour and check out the W Hotel. What a terrific idea for a special field trip idea. A little on the pricey side but wouldn’t this be the perfect place to hold a graduation gathering?


Big Sur, California

Big Sur, California

With a new look and new feel, grab your skates and take a spin on the coolest ice rink in Los Angeles.

For the third year in a row, W Los Angeles – Westwood will transform its world-renowned WET pool deck into a spectacular winter getaway complete with a hybrid ice skating rink and a rink-side lounge decked in whimsical and enchanting  décor. Set amidst lush gardens and fragrant flora, W Los Angeles – Westwood becomes the magnificent setting for another beautiful winter season, perfect for first dates, family celebrations and holiday parties. Guests can feel the cold tingle of California’s crisp winter air, listen to LA’s hottest music while gliding around “CHILL”, Los Angeles’ coolest location for winter fun.

W Los Angeles – Westwood will once again bring an unforgettable holiday experience to locals and hotel guests alike in a fun surrounding. This year, CHILL guests will enter a world of luxury with distinguished design elements at every corner from unique textiles with geometric design patterns to classic and opulent decorative pieces. Guests will feel they’ve traveled the world as each cabana is outfitted with a playful and elegant mix of lavish and modern décor by Z Gallerie; from chic mirrors to white deer heads and handmade rugs to modern textiles. The 1,600 square foot custom shaped hybrid-ice rink, styled by Chad Hudson Events, will also be set amidst a backdrop of bright lights, fanciful candlelit votives and snowfall every hour. While admiring the skaters, guests can snuggle up in a rink-side cabana while enjoying delectable comfort foods and specialty cocktails from The Ice Bar.

“Not only does the ice rink offer an exciting activity, it represents the latest in our ongoing efforts to provide a welcoming atmosphere and enhance our guests’ experience. What better way to enjoy California’s winter nights with a spin on a rink”, Ren Hirose, General Manager at W Los Angeles

More exciting new surprises are in store for this season, including the new skate-up E-WOW cabana, special performances by BH Skating Cabaret Theater on Saturdays at 6PM, featured bar serving winter cocktails such as Sugar & Spice + Everything Nice or BY’s Secret Nog, a children’s design station for holiday gingerbread cookie decorating and more. The Backyard’s “Ice Bar”, managed by Choice Hospitality Group, will offer winter bites from Executive Chef Dakota Weiss, such as winter squash chowder with spiced maple syrup; venison sliders with smoked juniper berries; sugarplum tarts; and vanilla bean baked apples with peanut butter crème anglais.

W Los Angeles – Westwood is also offering an “Ice Skate, You Skate, We All Skate” room package. Complete with a Wonderful Room, two tickets to CHILL plus a private cabana, two delicious winter cocktails and Bliss’ Super Minty Soap & Scrub.  The “Ice Skate, You Skate, We All Skate” package starts at $299 and is exclusive to W Los Angeles – Westwood. [Click for details]


CHILL is open November 18, 2011 through January 2, 2012, every Monday through Friday (3pm- 10pm) and Saturday and Sunday (10am- 10pm). Children’s design station is available on Saturday and Sunday from 11AM to 1PM and is free with a purchase of an adult admission ticket. Cost is $10 per guest for a full hour of skating which includes skate rentals. Guests can bring their own skates as well and reservations are not required. CHILL is the winner of AH&LA Stars of the Industry Award 2011. [Get more information]

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