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:
Congressman Bill Goodling (R-PA), Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce committee, has introduced H.R. 2 which contains last years 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 years 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 Clintons 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 Albertathe 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.
HSLDA supports Congressman Ron Pauls H.R. 220The Freedom and Privacy Restoration Act, which will prevent the Department of Transportation from converting state drivers 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. 3The 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.