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3/7/2002 5:08:37 PM
Dewitt T. Black III, Esq., Senior Counsel of HSLDA
New York--Upcoming Vote on Favorable New York Senate Bill 4767

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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March 7, 2002

Dear New York HSLDA Members and Friends,

I am pleased to report that Senate Bill 4767, which would eliminate
the most burdensome restrictions of the law governing home
instruction programs, passed the Senate Education Committee last
Tuesday, March 7. (This bill passed the Senate Education Committee
last year, but another vote was required for 2002.) S.B. 4767 bill
now moves to the full Senate where a vote is expected as early as
next week. Your calls are needed to demonstrate overwhelming support
for this legislation.

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REQUESTED ACTION:
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We urge you to contact your state senators with this message:

"Please vote for Senate Bill 4767 which will relieve public school
officials and home schooling parents from burdensome administrative
tasks. Home educators have earned the right to regulatory relief
after demonstrating their success under the current law for the past
12 years."

To get the name and telephone number of your state senator, use
HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at: http://www.hslda.org/toolbox.

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BACKGROUND:
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Senate Bill 4767 would make the following improvements to the current
law:

- eliminate the requirement of an Individualized Home Instruction
Plan (IHIP);

- eliminate the requirement of quarterly reports;

- eliminate required subjects at all grade levels;

- permit the alternative method of evaluation (instead of
standardized testing) every year;

- permit parents who wish to test their children to choose any
nationally-normed standardized achievement test, a New York State
Education Department test, or another approved test;

- eliminate the requirement that the local superintendent consent to
the person who administers a standardized achievement test or who
conducts the alternative method of evaluation;

- lower the minimum standardized test score from above the 33rd
percentile to above the 23rd percentile; and

- eliminate the provision for home visits while a home instruction
program is on probation.

If this bill is enacted, it will not only relieve parents and public
school officials of time-consuming administrative tasks, it will also
significantly increase the freedom of home educators in the Empire
State. New York has the potential through this legislation to go from
the state with the most restrictive home school law in the nation to
a state with one of the more favorable laws for home educators.

As a lawyer who has spent the past 10 years at HSLDA assisting our
member families in New York, I can say from firsthand experience that
passage of S.B. 4767 will virtually eliminate all of the legal
problems for home schooling families in your state. While all of us
would prefer a law completely exempting students receiving home
instruction from the compulsory attendance requirements, it is simply
not politically feasible at this time. HSLDA's goal continues to be
the repeal of all compulsory attendance laws, but in the meantime we
will support efforts to make laws incrementally better for home
schoolers. We believe Senator Kuhl's bill would make great strides
toward our ultimate goal, so we wholeheartedly support this
legislation and ask that you do so as well.

To review a copy of the bill text, go to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=352

To view a complete list of bills HSLDA is monitoring in the state of
New York, visit our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/NY/default.asp.

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III

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