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4/15/2002 2:05:48 PM
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
Vermont--Crucial Hearing Tomorrow Night, Your Presence Vital

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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April 15, 2002

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Tomorrow, April 16, the House Education Committee will hold a crucial
public hearing on H.B. 703, a bill that would change Vermont 's home
school law so a family would be considered "enrolled" immediately
upon filing their notice. This would be a tremendous step forward.
Currently, the Commissioner of Education can delay a child's
enrollment up to 85 days. Many of you have received letters
threatening truancy because the Commissioner delayed your child's
enrollment, exposing you to the possibility of civil and criminal
penalties.

H.B. 703 would also put the burden of proof back on the Commissioner
to show a family has not satisfied the requirements for enrollment.
Currently, the burden is on the family to show they have satisfied
the requirements.

The bill was tabled on April 4. The outcome of the hearing tomorrow
night will determine whether it dies or moves on for further action.
Tomorrow night is possibly our last opportunity to get this excellent
bill out of committee and moving toward consideration in the Vermont
house and senate.

ACTION REQUESTED

It is vitally important that home schoolers turn out in force to
attend the hearing. Nothing is so impressive to a legislator as when
he sees that a citizen cares enough about a bill to actually attend a
hearing. Your presence may help persuade the Committee to do the
right thing for Vermont home schoolers. The hearing is scheduled to
begin at 7:00 PM in room 11 in the Statehouse in Montpelier. I plan
to be present and testify.

Also, please call (802) 828-2228 and leave a message for one or more
members of the House Education Committee listed below, especially if
one is your representative. Your message may be as simple as, "Please
vote in favor of draft 1 of H.B. 703. It gives needed protection to
home school families."

Please pass this message on to others.

BACKGROUND

The Commissioner of Education and his staff are working hard to
defeat or water down this bill. They do not want home schoolers to
have the freedom H.B. 703 would bring. They also are trying to force
the creation of a Home Study Advisory Commission (HSAC), which they
know home schoolers do not want. They have produced their own draft
of H.B. 703, known as draft 3, which would establish the unwanted
HSAC, and weakens H.B. 703 in other ways. The draft that provides the
greatest freedom for home schoolers is known as draft 1.


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

Please take a stand for freedom with us by attending this hearing
Tuesday night.

Very truly yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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