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Hearing on Tuesday -- Homeland Security Prosecutes German Homeschooling Family
Howard Richman, 4/21/2013

In November 2008, Uwe and Hannelore Romeike sold their grand piano (Uwe is a piano teacher) and fled to the United States with their five children. In Germany they were paying fines and being threatened with having their children taken away from them. The facts of the case are not in dispute:

[Uwe and Hannalore] began homeschooling their children in September 2006 primarily for religious reasons. Their decision was in knowing violation of the compulsory school attendance law [of Germany]. Several times in the following months, the applicants were warned verbally and in writing that they were in violation of the compulsory school attendance law. They were fined. Police forcibly escorted the children to school one day. The adult applicants were warned that they could lose custody of their children in they continued to refuse to send their children to school. Legal proceedings resulted in the adult applicants being found guilty of violating the compulsory school attendance law. By the time the applicants left Germany, their fines had risen to approximately 7,000 Euros.

After fleeing to the United States, they requested asylum, which was granted to them by an immigration judge on January 24, 2010. According to the The Christian Post:

In his ruling, Judge Lawrence O. Burman acknowledged that not every country can be expected to follow the United States’ Constitution. But in the case of the Romeikes, formerly of Bissingen, Germany, Burman said the rights that were being violated were “basic human rights that no country has a right to violate.”

“Homeschoolers are a particular social group that the German government is trying to suppress,” the judge stated in his decision, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), which represented the family in their case.

Though Germany is a democratic country and a U.S. ally, Burman noted Tuesday that its policy against homeschoolers is “repellent to everything we believe as Americans.”

The Department of Homeland Security appealed the immigration judge's decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and on May 4, 2012, the BIA accepted their argument that since German law prevented everyone from homeschooling, the Romeike family did not have a legitimate case that they were being persecuted. Specifically, the BIA held:...


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Results of April 12, 2013, Western PA volleyball tournament sponsored by PA Homeschoolers
Howard Richman, 4/19/2013

The first number is the place that the team finished. In parentheses is the approximate location of the team.

Senior Division A

1. Mustangs (Pittsburgh East)
2. CAVA A (Harrisburg Area)
3. Salt & Light Red (Beaver County)
4. Eagles White (Indiana County)

Senior Division B

1. CAVA B (Harrisburg Area)
2. Phoenix 1 (Venango County)
3. Salt & Light Orange (Beaver County)
4. Timberwolves 2 (Grove City Area)
5. Timberwolves 1 (Grove City Area)
6. Salt & Light Yellow (Beaver County)
7. Indiana Eagles Gold (Indiana County)
8. Phoenix 2 (Venango County)

Junior Division A

1. Mustangs (Pittsburgh East)
2. Salt & Light Green (Beaver County)
3. CAVA A (Harrisburg Area)
4. Eagles White (Indiana County)

Junior Division B

1. Timberwolves 2 (Grove City Area)
2. Salt & Light Blue (Beaver County)
3. Timberwolves 1 (Grove City Area)
4. Salt & Light Purplie (Beaver County)
5. Eagles Gold (Indiana County)

All Tournament Team - Senior Division...



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Encore! Home School Productions presents "Meet Me in St. Louis" April 5 - 7 in Camp Hill PA (at Trinity High School.)
Nancy Emerson, 4/4/2013

Editor's Note from Susan Richman:  Once again the homeschool Encore!  drama group in Central PA is putting on a major production, and they've also gotten great press coverage already in the Patriot News out of Harrisburg. Our best wishes on this musical! I know that the whole cast and support team of countless other students and parents have put in hours and hours and hours of dedicated work! 

If you've never been to one of Encore's main stage productions, you're in for a treat.  I'm still amazed after seven years of involvement!  This year's show, set in St. Louis at the time of the 1904 World's Fair, is fast-moving with familiar songs, lively dances, and memorable characters. I recommend it for anyone from age 5 - 105! 

Tickets available at www.showtix4u.com for the April 5, 6 and 7 performances.

Forrest Davis as John Truitt and Amber Emerson as Esther Smith in Encore's upcoming show, Meet Me in St. Louis April 5-7,  2013

Austin Cassel as Mr. Smith and Emma Graybill as Mrs. Smith in Encore's upcoming show, Meet Me in St. Louis April 5-7,  2013

Amber Emerson as Esther Smith, Michael Snader as Grandpa, and Rachel Snyder as Rose Smith in Encore's upcoming show, Meet Me in St. Louis April 5-7,  2013



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