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Parental Rights Drama, Act One

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1995 National Christian Home Educators Leadership Conference, Orlando

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N A T I O N A L   C E N T E R   R E P O R T S

What's happening across the country, in the media, and in Congress.

The Immigration Control and Financial Responsibility Act of 1995

S. 269 and its companion bill in the House, H.R. 2202, are designed to deal with the immigration problem in our country. These bills would establish a national database with records on every American, as well as an identity card system.

Congressional Action Program volunteers visited all 100 Senate offices and explained the dangers posed by S. 269 to aides and senators. CAP coordinators in the local congressional districts led a telephone blitz of the congressmen on the House Judiciary Committee. This two-pronged approach was successful. Many congressmen were convinced of the dangers of the bill, including Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH) who championed the opposition to the tracking systems in H.R. 2202.

Although congressmen on the Judiciary Committee tried to delete the tracking systems, the bill passed the committee by two votes and is heading for a vote before the full House. Meanwhile, Senate Bill 269 has not gone before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Action: Please express your opposition to the tracking and national I.D. provisions of these bills to your Representative and Senators.

Abolishing the United States Department of Education

The National Center for Home Education has been researching and preparing a bill designed to completely abolish the federal role in education. Recently, the same call was sounded from an unexpected quarter: The American School Board Journal.

The Journal asked its subscribers, most of whom sit on local school boards, whether the Department of Education should be abolished. More than 75% of the board members responding said it should. One school board member said, "It was the NEA payoff for Jimmy Carter's election and remains a bureaucratic, do-nothing entity. It has provided nothing but red tape and mandates. Kill it."

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

As of this printing, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, receiving little or no support in the Senate, will not be considered this year. The persistent efforts of home schoolers have contributed significantly to the stagnation of this treaty. We have been steadily increasing the number of senators who have committed in writing to oppose ratification of the treaty.

The latest U.S. senator to issue a written statement was Democrat Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, who promised to vote against the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Action: Continue asking your senators to oppose the Convention. They can register their opposition by signing Senate Resolution 133, introduced by Senators Lott and Helms, which specifically condemns the U.N. Convention and asks President Clinton not to send it to the Senate for ratification. Although we have 36 senators on record opposing the Convention, only 25 Senators have signed S.R. 133.