The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XV, NUMBER 4
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JULY / AUGUST 1999
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Cover Story
What Did the Founders Say? A Strategy to Bring Original Intent Back to U.S. Courts

Special Features
House Protects Liberty—When Money Is at Stake

Debate: The Clash of Skill, Wit, and Ideas

PHC Breaks New Ground

Touched By An Angel Responds to Home Schooler’s Concerns

National Center Reports
Straight A’s Bill Introduced

Marriage Penalty Tax Relief

New Plan Allows SSN Alternative for IRS Deductions

The Beginning of the End:National Teaching Certificates and Goals 2000

Military Recuitment of Home Schoolers Increasing

Across the States
State by State

Regular Features
Press Clippings

A Contrario Sensu

Prayer and Praise

Litigation Report

President’s Page

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Freedom Watch
Straight A’s Bill Introduced

    At a press conference on June 22, Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman Bill Goodling (R-PA), along with members of House and Senate Republican leadership, introduced the Academic Achievement for All—or Straight A’s—Act (H.R. 2300/S. 1266). This legislation is designed to provide freedom and accountability to the nation’s public schools. Goodling and Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA) are the bill’s chief sponsors.
    “For more than three decades, the federal government has been sending money to the states through scores of Washington-based programs,” Goodling said. “But all the studies, evaluations, and reports show little or no academic results from these programs. Straight A’s would change that result by focusing the federal government’s efforts on academic results, instead of rules and regulations.”
    Straight A’s will give states the freedom to implement the initiatives that work according to what they need, as well as help raise academic achievement, improve teacher quality, reduce class size, end social promotion, and put technology in the classroom. The legislation also requires accountability. States would be required to sign a five-year performance agreement in exchange for flexibility. Straight A’s will reduce regulatory and paperwork burdens on states and school districts by focusing on performance rather than compliance with program requirements.