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The National Education Association is at it again


     This is really not news because it happens every year, but the following item appeared at HomeSchoolBuzz.com under the title “NEA Targets Homeschoolers.” Gary and Kathy Davis of HomeSchoolBuzz.com said, “Spunky and others are starting to report the NEA's latest effort to reign-in homeschoolers. (Spunky passed on the alert from Lennie Jarratt.) Any suggestions for a homeschoolers resolution we can all adopt?” The item, taken from Spunky's homeschool blog, dated Thursday, July 6, 2006, said, “Never content to leave legislating to the legislators,the NEA has passed a resolution at their 2006 Convention. 'B-73. Home Schooling. Adopted. Preliminary Report Amend by addition on page 32, line 22, “When home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state curricular requirements, including the taking and passing of assessments to ensure adequate academic progress.” The NEA's resolution, while not legally binding, creates false information which makes homeschooling appear more regulated and difficult in many states. This is most likely what teachers will tell parents if they choose to disenroll their children. I've already heard this lie being told many times to parents here in Michigan. Each state has its own requirements. Michgian homeschoolers do not have to take assessments. At the end of the convention the delegates sang The Battle Hymn of the Republic, something they first did in 1966, only they changed the wording slightly this time, With NEA Executive Committee Members Carolyn Crowder and Michael Marks leading the RA, the delegates warmly raised their voices and embraced additional lyrics written by Crowder: 'Glory, glory, Hallelujah! We must keep marching on!' Truth doesn't seem to matter much to some of these people at all. Big thank-you to Lennie for sending me the link.”

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