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4/2/2002 3:36:31 PM
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
Vermont--House Education Committee to Discuss H.B. 703 on April 4

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April 2, 2002

Dear Vermont Members and Friends,

The Vermont House Education Committee is scheduled to discuss House
Bill 703 on Thursday April 4 at 1:30 pm.

ACTION REQUESTED
You can make a great impact for freedom in the following ways:

1. HSLDA joins with the Vermont Association of Home Educators and The
Christian Home Educators of Vermont in urging your attendance at the
House Education Committee meeting on Thursday. Pass the word to every
home schooler you know and plan to bring your well-behaved children.

2. Contact your representative and let him know you will be coming to
the statehouse on Thursday. Ask if you can personally meet with him
and explain the importance of this measure. His help is essential to
gain passage of H.B. 703. A complete list of the members of the House
of Representatives can be found at:
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/legdir/districts.cfm?Body=H

3. Continue to call the committee members, especially if one of them
is your representative. Please call and let your voice be heard.

When you call, give this message:

"Please vote H.B. 703 out of committee without any restrictive
amendments. Please put the wishes of the people above the wishes of
the bureaucrats. H.B. 703 solves a current problem that subjects
innocent families to the threat of prosecution. Please support this
improvement to Vermont's home study law."

You can leave a message for your representative by calling 802-828-
2231. If you don't know who your representative is, you can find out
by using HSLDA's "Legislative Toolbox" at:
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox. Contact information for the committee
members is listed below.


HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Representative Howard Crawford, Chair (R-19)
Phone: 802-626-8226
Fax: 802-748-5463
7 Main Street
Johnsbury, VT 05819

Representative Jason Barney, Vice Chair (R-47)
Phone: 802-868-3657
RFD 2, Box 192
Swanton, VT 05488

Representative Erron Carey (R-104)
Phone: 802-875-2807
145 River St.
Chester, VT 05143

Representative Virginia Duffy (R-74)
Phone: 802-773-8943
Fax: 802-773-5742
5 Newton St.
Rutland, VT 05701

Representative Kathy LaVoie (R-54)
Phone: 802-868-4807
99 Beebe Rd.
Swanton, VT 05488

Representative Neil Randall (R-62)
Phone: 802-222-5952
RR 1, Box 2450
Bradford, VT 05033

Representative Jack Anderson (D-101)
Phone: 802-457-2398
Fax: 802-457-1689
RR 2, Box 164
Woodstock, VT 05091

Representative George Cross (D-23)
Phone: 802-655-4611
82 Dufresne Drive
Winooski, VT 05404

Representative Alice Miller (D-12)
Phone: 802-442-9825
Fax: 802-442-3769
RFD #1, Box 371, Horton Hill Rd.
Shaftsbury, VT 05262

Representative Donny Osman (D-82)
Phone: 802-479-0819
Fax: 802-229-5268
3132 Lower Rd.
Barre, VT 05641

Representative Susan Wheeler (D-41)
Phone: 802-864-6776
462 S. Willard St.
Burlington, VT 05401


UPDATE
Some committee members are proposing their own amendment to H.B. 703
to counter home schoolers' efforts. It is reported that there is
another attempt to create a Home Study Advisory Council such as the
DOE proposed back in November. (See:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=380.) There is also talk of
instituting a three-year enrollment plan based upon agreement to use
some "recognized curriculum." HSLDA opposes all of these proposals.
The committee must pass H.B. 703 without any restrictive amendments.

Some committee members are discounting their accountability to home
schooler's calls because they believe they are only hearing from a
portion of the home schooling community. They need to hear from
everyone!


BACKGROUND
For more information on H.B. 703, see the following page on our
website: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=381.


CONCLUSION
Home schoolers have no one to champion our cause in Montpelier other
than ourselves. Therefore, every home schooler's participation in
this effort is vital. The opportunity for change is rarely convenient
and is often hard to obtain. We have such an opportunity now. The
degree to which home schoolers unite will define whether this bill
results in greater freedom or more restriction for home schoolers.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.

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