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4/26/01 12:57:02 PM
Dewitt T. Black III, Esq., Senior Counsel of HSLDA
New York Information Bulletin: Favorable Revisions to Home School Law

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From the HSLDA@Capitol Hill E-lert Service...
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April 26, 2001

Dear New York HSLDA Members and Friends,

I am pleased to share with you some very good news about Senate Bill
4767 which was introduced in the New York Senate on April 17, 2001.
Senator John R. Kuhl, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, has
introduced legislation which would eliminate the most burdensome
restrictions of the law governing home instruction programs since
1988. Parents would no longer be subject to the regulatory provisions
of Section 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of
Education.

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REQUESTED ACTION:
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(1) We urge you to contact the members of the Senate Education
Committee listed below with this message:

"Please vote for Senate Bill 4767 which will relieve public school
officials and home schooling parents from burdensome administrative
tasks. Home educators have earned the right to regulatory relief
after demonstrating their success under the current law for the past
12 years."

- Senate Education Committee:

Sen. John Kuhl, Chair, (518) 455-2091
Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, (518) 455-2031
Sen. Roy Goodman, (518) 455-2211
Sen. Olga Mendez, (518) 455-3361
Sen. Velmanette Montgomery, (518) 455-3451
Sen. Guy Velella, (518) 455-3264
Sen. Seymour Lachman, (518) 455-2437
Sen. Nick Spano, (518) 455-2231
Sen. Kenneth LaValle, (518) 455-3121
Sen. Daniel Hevesi, (518) 455-3431
Sen. Thomas Libous, (518) 455-2677
Sen. James Seward, (518) 455-3131
Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, (518) 455-3461
Sen. Byron Brown, (518) 455-3371
Sen. Carl Marcellino, (518) 455-2390
Sen. Stephen Saland, (518) 455-2411
Sen. Charles Fuschillo, (518) 455-3341
Sen. Thomas Morahan, (518) 455-3261

(2) Please call your state senator and give him this message:

"Please vote for Senate Bill 4767 which will relieve public school
officials and home schooling parents from burdensome administrative
tasks. Home educators have earned the right to regulatory relief
after demonstrating their success under the current law for the past
12 years."

- To get the name and telephone number of your state senator, use
HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at: http://www.hslda.org/toolbox. If you
do not have Internet access, call the office of the Sectratary of the
Senate at (518) 455-2051 and ask for your state senator's name.

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THE REASONS WE SUPPORT THIS BILL ARE:
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Senate Bill 4767 would make the following changes in the current law:

- eliminate the requirement of an Individualized Home Instruction
Plan (IHIP);

- eliminate the requirement of quarterly reports;

- eliminate required subjects at all grade levels;

- permit the alternative method of evaluation (instead of
standardized testing) every year;

- permit parents who wish to test their children to choose any
nationally-normed standardized achievement test, in addition to a
State Education Department test or another approved test;

- eliminate the requirement that the local superintendent consent to
the person who administers a standardized achievement test or who
conducts the alternative method of evaluation;

- lower the minimum standardized test score from above the 33rd
percentile to above the 23rd percentile; and

- eliminate the provision for home visits while a home instruction
program is on probation.

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BACKGROUND:
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If this bill is enacted into law, it will not only relieve parents
and public school officials of time-consuming administrative tasks,
it will significantly increase the freedom of home educators in New
York to direct the education of their children. New York has the
potential through this legislation to go from the state with the most
restrictive home school law in the nation to a state with one of the
most favorable laws for home educators.

As a lawyer who has spent the past 10 years at HSLDA assisting our
member families in New York, I can say from first-hand experience
that passage of Senate Bill 4767 will virtually eliminate all of the
legal problems for home schooling families in your state. While all
of us would prefer a law completely exempting students receiving home
instruction from the compulsory attendance requirements, it is simply
not politically feasible at this time. HSLDA's goal continues to be
the repeal of all compulsory attendance laws, but in the meantime we
will support efforts to make laws incrementally better for home
schoolers. We believe Senator Kuhl's bill would make great strides
toward our ultimate goal, so we wholeheartedly support this
legislation and ask that you do so as well.

To review a copy of the bill text, go to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=89

To view a complete list of bills HSLDA is monitoring in the state of
New York, visit our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=90

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III

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Senate Bill 4767: A Bill Changing the Requirements for Home Schooling