HSLDA News
May 6, 2002

Dog Passes Home School Evaluation, Senator Seeks Stricter Laws

After a Colorado parent gave information regarding his dog to a home school evaluator who then gave a favorable evaluation, one state senator decided it is time to tighten the home school law.

Home School Legal Defense Association has learned that Senator Bob Hagedorn is going to attempt to make Colorado's home school law stricter during the final seven days of the legislative session. Treon Goossen of Concerned Parents of Colorado has tried to dissuade him but he informed her he was going to find a way to add on a home school amendment to another bill. The Rocky Mountain News confirms his threat.

The supposed home schooling parent in this case went through the procedures of having his "daughter" evaluated when it was actually his dog. A positive evaluation was given based upon the documentation and questions answered as received by the evaluator. This person then informed several legislators and the press that the evaluation was for his dog. His point? If a dog can receive a favorable evaluation there must be many home schoolers out there falsifying information to evaluators.

Home School Legal Defense Association is requesting all Colorado home schoolers call Senator Hagedorn and strenuously oppose this attempt to regulate all home schoolers based on one person's deception to entrap an innocent home school evaluator.

Senator Hagedorn already missed his chance to add his home school amendment on Senate Bill 80, an educational bill. We hope the calls he already has received are causing him to think twice. He still has a few more avenues he can try before the session is over.

To see the article in the Rocky Mountain News, click here.

Updated May 9, 2002

Home School Legal Defense Association requested all Colorado home schoolers call Senator Hagedorn and strenuously oppose this attempt to regulate all home schoolers based on one person's deception to entrap an innocent home school evaluator.

The Colorado legislative session ended before Senator Hagedorn could add his home school amendment on Senate Bill 80, an educational bill. Thank you for all of your calls!