From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/20/2002 5:54:26 PM
Dewitt T. Black III, Esq., Senior Counsel of HSLDA
Connecticut--Good News on H.B.5535

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

March 20, 2002

Dear Connecticut Members and Friends,

We are happy to report that home schoolers have reached an agreement
with Representative Cameron Staples on Raised House Bill 5535 that
should end all action on the bill this session.

Last week, key Connecticut legislators and home school leaders,
including The Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers
(TEACH), met to discuss further consideration of HB 5535 by the Joint
Committee on Education. Committee Co-Chair Representative Staples
expressed his desire that more home schooling families follow the
voluntary guidelines adopted by the state department of education.
Home school leaders agreed to recommend compliance with the
guidelines to their support group members. In return, Representative
Staples will withdraw his support for H.B. 5535, allowing the bill to
die quietly in the committee without a vote.

The guidelines stipulate that parents provide notice to the local
school district of their intent to conduct home instruction and a
portfolio review at the end of the school year. HSLDA was involved in
the development of the guidelines by the state department of
education in 1990 and has always recommended that our member families
follow them. According to Representative Staples, increased voluntary
compliance with the guidelines would likely ward off any efforts in
the future to pass restrictive legislation.

Phone calls to the committee members are no longer necessary. HSLDA
will continue to monitor the bill through the end of the session. We
thank all the home schooling leaders and families in Connecticut who
contacted legislators to oppose this bill.

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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