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MAY / JUNE 2001
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Cover Story
National home school leadership summit

Chicken run!

A state leader's thoughts on the summit

Special Features
HSLDA attorneys on call 24 hours a day

PHC: Wrapping up year one
Just another busy day on Capitol Hill

Across the States
State by State

Regular Features
Active Cases

A contrario sensu

Freedom Watch

Notes to members

Prayer and Praise

President's Page

HSLDA legal contacts

S P E C I A L   F E A T U R E

Just Another Busy Day on Capitol Hill

National Center Staff Daily Log
Doug Domenech, Executive Director
Caleb Kershner, Manager, Federal Policy and Research


6:30-7:45 a.m. — HSLDA headquarters in Purcellville, VA. Doug Domenech and Caleb Kershner wrap up several details before heading into the city. Doug e-mails a White House staffer as Caleb finishes a coalition letter supporting Congressman Eric Cantor's education tax credit proposal. Caleb e-mails the letter to Congressman Joe Pitt's staffer, asking her to forward it to other pro-family groups, requesting their signatures.

— Doug and Caleb grab coffee and juice and inhale a muffin. (Doug inhales faster than Caleb!)

— Allows parents to reduce their income tax by $1,000 per child.

7:45 a.m. — 50-mile trip to DC. On the road, they briefly strategize about the day's events, discuss the president's Tuesday night speech, and critique the media's coverage of the speech.

8:00 a.m. — On the way, Doug and Caleb pick up Dan LaPre in Leesburg-lending a helping hand through the tough traffic into Washington, DC. Dan is a staffer for Representative Norwood (IL), a member of the Education and Workforce Committee. We discuss President Bush's education plan during the commute.

9:00 a.m. — Arrive DC. Drop off LaPre at Longworth House Office Building. Arrive at HSLDA's Capitol Hill office. Doug and Caleb check e-mail, make several calls, and divide up the day's meetings.

— This makes us "H-O-V positive." (High Occupanccy Vehicle—a three person minimum).

Doug & Caleb

10:00 a.m. — Doug attends leadership meeting in House Majority Leader Dick Armey's conference room with other pro-family groups.

— Discuss marriage tax penalty relief and review schedule of upcoming legislation

10:00 a.m. — Caleb attends a House Education Committee hearing on education reform in Rayburn Building.

— Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge and Delaware Senator and former Governor Thomas Carper, tesify at hearing.

11:00 a.m. — Doug catches taxi to V.P. Cheney's office off Pennsylvania Ave.


11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. — Doug and reps from other pro-family groups meet with V.P.'s staff regarding Bush education plan.

— Doug addresses concerns over some testing provisions and alternatives to use of National Assesment of Education Progress (NAEP) test.

2:00 p.m. — Caleb and Doug attend VAT (Value Actions Team) meeting in top floor of Capitol Building. Congressman Joe Pitts directs meeting. Doug leaves VAT early to attend another meeting.

— Caleb asks family groups in attendance to sign the education tax credit coalition letter.

2:30 p.m. — Doug attends education "listening session" sponsored by House Majority Whip Tom DeLay's office.

— Doug again states case against NAEP.

3:15 p.m. — Caleb attends Senate VAT meeting in Senator Tim Hutchinson's office.


4:30 p.m. — Doug and Caleb attend Ways and Means Committee meeting with Representative Dick Armey on Marriage Tax Penalty.

— We stress need to include all married couples in the relief package.

5:30 p.m. — Return to HSLDA's DC office, pack up materials, and close down computers.

6:00 p.m. — Pick up Dan LaPre.

7:00 p.m. — Drop off LaPre in Leesburg.

7:30 p.m. — Arrive HSLDA, Purcellville. Drop off materials.

7:45 p.m. — Head to respective homes.


— On the way out the door, exchange pleasantries and share cookies with Congressman J.C. Watts who had business in the building.