From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/27/2002 11:35:30 AM
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

February 27, 2002

Dear Vermont HSLDA Members and Friends,

Negotiations on House Bill 703 are now at a critical moment. Today
could be a turning point.

The commissioner of education is putting up a massive fight to oppose
the benefits H. 703 would bring Vermont home schoolers. Although
committee members have received many phone calls from home schoolers
supporting H. 703, the members seem inclined to give the wishes of
the bureaucrats more weight than the wishes of the people.

1. If your representative is on the House Education Committee (see
last e-lert) please call him or her today. Your voice must be heard
above the voice of the bureaucrats. Your message may be as simple as:

"Please vote H. 703 out of committee without any department of
education amendments. Please put the wishes of the people above the
wishes of the bureaucrats. Current law allows the commissioner of
education to delay home school enrollment by up to 85 days. This puts
innocent families in a situation where they could be subject to
prosecution or child neglect even if they have done everything the
law requires. H. 703 solves this problem by treating families as
enrolled as soon as they file their notice, but still allows the
commissioner to call a hearing if necessary."

2. Call the commissioner of education and politely request that he
stop opposing H. 703. Your message could be as simple as: "Please
stop opposing H. 703. The bill would be good for home school families
and good for Vermont."

3. Please contact all the other home school families you know and
pass this information on to them. We need as many home schoolers as
possible making phone calls to help H. 703

Commissioner of Education Raymond McNulty: 802 828-3135.

The following representatives are on the House Education Committee.
See HSLDA's legislative toolbox ( to see
who your representative is. You can leave a message for a
representative by calling 802-828-2231.

Rep. Howard Crawford of Burke, Chair
Rep. Jason Barney of Highgate, Vice-Chair
Rep. Jack Anderson of Woodstock
Rep. Erron Carey of Chester
Rep. George Cross of Winooski
Rep. Virginia Duffy of Rutland City
Rep. Kathy LaVoie of Swanton, Clerk
Rep. Alice Miller of Shaftsbury
Rep. Donny Osman of Plainfield
Rep. Neil Randall of Bradford
Rep. Susan Wheeler of Burlington

Sincerely yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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