The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XVIII, NUMBER 5
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SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2002
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Cover Story
Lewis & Clark: Rediscovering their journey

Special Features
Congressional breakthroughs in CAPTA reform

PHC adds faculty and students

HSLDA essay contest results

Regular Features
Active cases

Freedom watch

Around the Globe

Notes to Members

Prayer and praise

President's page

F.Y.I
HSLDA social services contact policy

A plethora of forms

Across the States
State by State

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Across the States
AL · AR · CA · CT · DE · FL · GA · IL · KY · LA · MD · MI · NM · NY · OH · OR · VA · WI · WY

Home School Heartbeat in Florida

Bonifay
WJED
91.1
FM
Cape Coral
CAPE RADIO
88.8
FM
Cocoa
WWBC
1510
AM
Daytona Beach
WAPN
91.5
FM
DeFuniak Springs
WAKJ
91.3
FM
Dixon Mills
WMBU
89.1
FM
Englewood
WSEB
91.3
FM
Englewood
WSEB
91.3
FM
Fort Lauderdale
WREH
90.5
FM
Fort Myers
WDEO
98.5
FM
Fort Pierce
Radio 4VEH - Horiz...
94.7
FM
Jacksonville
WAYL
91.9
FM
La Belle
WBIY
88.3
FM
Merritt Island
WCPL
95.5
FM
Merritt Island
WRDJ
93.5
FM
Miami
*KAMINDA FM
93.1
FM
Miami
WXTK.COM
888
INTERN
Milton
WECM
1490
AM
Naples
WSRX
89.5
FM
New Smyrna Beach
WKTO
88.9
FM
Pace
WTGF
90.5
FM
Pensacola
WEGS
91.7
FM
Tallahassee
WFRF
1070
AM
Tallahassee
WFRF
105.7
FM
Vero Beach
WSCF
91.9
FM
West Palm Beach
WPBR
1340
AM
Florida
It's never over until it's over

Florida homeschoolers have won a great victory for the freedom of the family and it came after what appeared to be a sure defeat. This past March, homeschoolers were able to convince the House to vote down a "government nanny" bill which would have created a screening program to identify children in need of government services.

But then in a backdoor move at the eleventh hour, Senate majority leader John McKay slipped his government nanny measure (officially known as the Learning Gateway program) into Senate Bill 1844, an economic development bill. Many House members, who had earlier rejected the government nanny bill, voted for S.B. 1844, unaware that the Learning Gateway language had been added at 9:00 p.m. on the last day of the session.

The bill passed both the Senate and the House, and because it was attached to a needed economic development bill, Governor Jeb Bush signed it into law May 22, 2002. From all appearances, our efforts had been defeated.

However, when a special session was required for budget considerations, HSLDA saw the opportunity for a renewed effort to convince Governor Bush to veto the funding for Learning Gateway. We contacted the governor's office to discuss this. A staff member informed us that Governor Bush was still not supportive of this intrusive program. We were told to email our objections directly to this staff member, and he would meet with the governor.

We sent another email alert to our members, encouraging them to make one last effort in calling and emailing the governor with their statements of opposition. Hundreds of homeschoolers responded--the governor's staff received hundreds of emails, which were then presented to Governor Bush. As a result, he used his line item veto authority to strike all funding for the Learning Gateway program, rendering it a hollow shell.

The fight for freedom is never over until we've exhausted every possible avenue. We are thankful for God's grace working in the heart of Governor Bush.

Christopher J. Klicka