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Daytime Curfew Invalidated in Monrovia

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Let the Debate Begin

CAP Trainees March Fourth!

Home Schooling Works: Pass It On!

National Center Reports
Federal Issues Update

“Know Your Customer” Regs to be Withdrawn

National Center Offers Military and College Admissions Packet

NEA Opposes All That is Good for Families

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Freedom Watch
Federal Issues Update

    In recent weeks, Home School Legal Defense Association has met with numerous congressmen and their staff to discuss issues of concern to home schoolers. Here is an update on the status of these issues:

Educational Reform
    Congressman Bill Goodling (R-PA), Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce committee, has introduced H.R. 2 which contains last year’s Dollars to the Classroom block grants, as well as an “Ed-Flex” section which gives education money to the states, allowing them great flexibility in its use. Both of these measures would eliminate many regulations and failed federal programs.

    The National Assessment of Educational Progress is fast becoming a national test, enabling President Clinton to do an “end-run” around last year’s national test ban. HSLDA is working to downsize or eliminate NAEP and NAGB (National Assessment Governing Board).

Goals 2000 and School-to-Work
    Both of these programs are scheduled to “sunset” this year. HSLDA has secured commitments from several members of the congressional leadership and key committee chairmen that they will work to end these programs.

United Nations Conventions
    HSLDA has reviewed President Clinton’s Executive Order 13107 and has concluded it will not authorize Clinton to implement unratified United Nations treaties such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child or the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Senator Helms’ office has confirmed this analysis and is working with the State Department for clarification. HSLDA continues to research and monitor the implementation of these UN treaties in other countries.
    HSLDA of Canada recently derailed an attempt to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Alberta—the last province to hold out against this dangerous treaty.

Dependent Deduction Qualification
    HSLDA is working with the offices of Congressmen John Hostettler and Ron Lewis on a bill to amend the IRS Code to allow religious exemptions for parents who object to providing a social security number for their children on their tax returns.

Citizen Tracking
    HSLDA supports Congressman Ron Paul’s H.R. 220—The Freedom and Privacy Restoration Act, which will prevent the Department of Transportation from converting state driver’s licenses into national ID cards. It also prevents the Department of Health and Human Services from tracking immunization records.

Family Tax Relief
    Congress is moving toward introducing H.R. 3—The Tax Cut for All Americans Act, which will cut the personal income tax rate for every person by 10 percent. For example, the 15 percent tax rate will be cut to 13.5 percent, the 28 percent rate will drop to 25.2 percent, and so on. In addition, our sources indicate that The Marriage Tax Penalty Elimination Act, H.R. 6, will target the current income tax penalty against married couples.