Student Empowerment Act Introduced in the Senate

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced legislation that would allow homeschooling families to take advantage of 529 savings plans for educational expenses. Currently, 529 plans can be used for private elementary and high school tuition. S.3102, the Student Empowerment Act, would allow parents to save money, tax-free, for homeschooling expenses.

Escambia County Schools in Alabama announced they will begin offering a virtual school through Odysseyware for homeschoolers. Odysseyware is a customizable curriculum library with over 300 courses. The program is available to students in grade 3 through 12.

Spring Hill Area Parent Educators (SHAPE) is holding two events in August for homeschooling families. On August 4th, there will be a parent preview open house from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Spring Hill Public Library in Spring Hill, TN. On August 8th, there will be a Back-To-School Carnival from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Evans Park in Spring Hill. More information is available at springhillhomeschoolers.com.

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Unschooling and the Gig Economy; Co-op Classes in Detroit; Expo in Tennessee

Kerry MacDonald has written an excellent article for fee.org about the advantages homeschoolers have in the “gig economy”. In the article, MacDonald writes that homeschooling or unschooling allows the freedom and flexibility for learning that parents are looking for to create more opportunities for work/life balance.

Homeschool Connections has announced their 2018-2019 schedule of classes for homeschoolers. They offer over 550 classes at seven locations across metro Detroit. Registration ends August 15 and classes fill quickly. For more details and to sign up, visit mihomeschoolconnections.com.

The Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association Homeschool Expo will be held Friday, July 20 & Saturday July 21 at the Camp Jordan Arena in Camp Jordan, TN. The expo features 60 exhibitors, workshops, and opportunities to network with other like-minded homeschoolers. Admission is $4 for members and $8 for non-members. For more information visit csthea.org.

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Target Teacher Discount on School Supplies Extended to Homeschoolers

Target is offering a 15% discount to teachers when they purchase school supplies in-store or online. Homeschoolers are included in the promotion too! Go to Target.com/teacherprep to register for a coupon. According to their website, homeschoolers can use “any document that clearly shows your name and your school,” to verify their status as a teacher. The discount is only available until July 21, 2018.

The Hornets Soccer Club is offering a soccer camp July 30 to August 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at their home field in Jamestown, MI. Placements for the 2018-9 season begin August 6. For more information visit hornetssoccer.com.

The 5th Annual Homeschool Build Your Own Bundle Sale is currently in progress. You can get up to 95% off on some digital products for your homeschool. Act fast because this promotion ends on July 18th. Sorry about the late notice, I just learned about it.

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More Parents Choosing to Unschool Their Kids; Famous Homeschoolers

Increasing Numbers of US Parents Are Choosing to “Unschool” Their Kids as a result of failing U.S. public schools. Though not as popular as traditional homeschooling, unschooling is on the rise as parents seek better educational options for their children.

Aleteia has a list of 14 famous people who were homeschooled. The list includes people like the first female Supreme Court Justice of the United States (Sandra Day O’Connor) and teen heartthrobs, The Jonas Brothers.

Christian Homeschoolers of Solano County are holding an informational meeting for parents interested in homeschooling. The meeting will be on August 20th, 2018 at 7PM at The Pentecostals of Vacaville. AN RSVP and registration is required. Please email christianhomeschoolersofsolano@gmail.com with “Info Session” in the subject for more information and to register.

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