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2/7/2002 2:16:22 PM
Christopher J. Klicka, Esq., Senior Counsel of HSLDA
Czech Parliament Says "Enough E-mails!"

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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Thank you for your overwhelming response to the home school crisis in
the Czech Republic! Czech home school families are very grateful.

In just the last 24 hours, over 800 of you e-mailed the 200 members
of the Czech Parliament, resulting in over 150,000 e-mails in support
of the Czech home schooling movement. A local Prague newspaper is
reporting that the parliament e-mail server has been shut down by the
volume of messages coming in on the home school issue!

We are now asking you to discontinue e-mail to the Czech Parliament.
Due to the volume of incoming messages, the Czech server is not
accepting out-of-country e-mail. A number of you have called with
concerns about returned e-mail with errors or warnings.
Unfortunately, this is a side effect of the Czech Parliament blocking
the e-mails you sent. We have taken measures to prevent any more e-
mails from going out through Home School Legal Defense Association's
server and are stopping any e-mail en route to lessen the chances of
your receiving unnecessary returned mail.

Our Czech contacts believe the e-mail campaign directly to the
parliament members has made them aware of the importance of this
issue. In fact, several parliament members have told our contacts
that they have gotten the message.

However, the Czech home schoolers have asked us to do a "second wave"
to make certain their government knows we are still watching them and
hoping they will recognize home school freedoms.

REQUESTED ACTION
Therefore, we urge you to contact the Czech Republic Embassy in
Washington, DC, and deliver the same message.

In your communication, briefly discuss your successful home school
experience and then let the embassy know you understand what is about
to happen to home schooling in the Czech Republic. Give the following
message in your own words:

"We realize the parliament will be voting on a large education bill
soon, a portion of which will restrict the freedom to home school.
Home schooling is most successful when it is minimally regulated. It
is overly restrictive to the fundamental rights of home schooling
parents and children to require them to seek approval of the federal
government. The government should not dictate their curriculum or
require any certain teacher qualifications. The present age
limitations only allowing home schooling for the first five years of
a child's education should be removed.

"On the average, home schoolers in America score above the national
average on standardized tests and are succeeding in universities
after 12 years of home schooling by parents with no special academic
qualifications. Home schooling works.

"Please recommend that your parliament to amend the education bill
pursuant to the recommendations of Michal Semin, president of the
Czech home school association."

Ambassador Martin Palous
Embassy of the Czech Republic
amb_washington@embassy.mzv.cz
3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-274-9100

For background on this issue, please visit our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/hs/international/CzechRepublic/default.asp


Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.

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