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4/2/2002 6:27:17 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Weekly Update--April 2, 2002

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H S L D A ' s W E E K L Y U P D A T E
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Topics for April 2, 2002

1. Pennsylvania Drops Charges Against Mom
2. HSLDA Fights for the Rights of Home Schoolers in College
3. Rhode Island District Reverses Decision
4. Czech Home Schoolers Thankful for U.S. Support
5. California County Withholds Affidavits
6. National Center Warns Against Vouchers at DC Forum
7. Vermont DOE Upholds Denial of Home Schooling
8. Campaign Finance Bill Signed by President Bush


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1. Pennsylvania Drops Charges Against Mom

Last May, a Pennsylvania principal filed charges against HSLDA member
Susan Oliver for a five-day violation of the compulsory attendance
law. HSLDA appealed the guilty verdict and fine. The commonwealth
finally withdrew the charges on March 20, 2002.

Read more about it on our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=382


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2. HSLDA Fights for the Rights of Home Schoolers in College

HSLDA helped two graduates from member families convince their
respective colleges to accept their home school diplomas for
financial aid eligibility.

Read more about it on our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=383


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3. Rhode Island District Reverses Decision

After months of conflict between Rhode Island's East Providence
School District and four member families, the school board finally
voted to accept the families' notices of intent. Citing an
"incomplete application process," the school board had denied the
families' right to home school last October.

Read more about it on our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=384


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4. Czech Home Schoolers Thankful for U.S. Support

While fighting a bill that would have imposed severe regulations on
home schooling in the Czech Republic, the national home school
organization asked HSLDA for help. U.S. home schoolers bombarded the
Czech Parliament and DC embassy with emails in early February
expressing support for the Czech home schooling movement.

Read more about it on our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=385


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5. California County Withholds Affidavits

A memo from the Sonoma County Office of Education informs
superintendents of a new policy that is effective immediately: the
office will no longer supply private school affidavits to home
schools.

Read more about it on our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=386


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6. National Center Warns Against Vouchers at DC Forum

"There's a danger that government will dangle voucher dollars to
entice religious schools to change their curriculum, hiring practices
or other areas of operation," National Center for Home Education
Director Tom Washburne warned congressmen and executive branch
officials at a recent Capitol Hill forum.

Read more about it on our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=387


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7. Vermont DOE Upholds Denial of Home Schooling

At a hearing on March 8, a Vermont Department of Education officer
upheld the department's demand that the Taylors complete a state form
asking for information about their child's special education
screening. In accordance with Vermont law, HSLDA is appealing this
ruling directly to the state supreme court.

Read more about it on our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=388


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8. Campaign Finance Bill Signed by President Bush

Several hours after President Bush signed the campaign finance bill,
Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell along with several other opponents
filed suit, charging that it violates the First Amendment. HSLDA and
many other pro-family groups oppose this law because its vaguely
defined terms could effectively prohibit groups from communicating
with congressmen and senators. The law also has several restrictions
on advertising that are clear restrictions on political speech.

Read more about it on our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=389

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