From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


4/17/2002 5:31:55 PM
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
Vermont--Standing Room Only at Hearing on H.B 703

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

April 17, 2002

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

There was standing room only in the 80-seat Vermont House conference
room when last night's public hearing on House Bill 703 began. For
the next two hours, parent after parent spoke clearly, passionately,
and convincingly in support of draft one on four major themes: 1) The
need for immediate enrollment, 2) the need to presume families are in
compliance with the law rather than presuming they are in violation,
3) opposition to any form of home school advisory commission, and 4)
the need to defend parental control of their children's education.

Although there was not a single hand or voice raised in support of
any other draft, the representatives were noncommittal. There was,
however, a report that the testimony may have swayed two
representatives in home schooler's favor. Chairman Howard Crawford
said the committee would meet later and decide what action, if any,
to take. HSLDA extends our deepest thanks go to everyone who came to
the hearing.


Has the committee heard your opinion yet? If not, there is still time
for you to influence the committee's decision. 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 one of H.B. 703."


Representative Howard Crawford, Chair (R-19)
Office Phone: 802-626-8226
Home Phone: 802-748-8171
Fax: 802-748-5463
7 Main Street
Johnsbury, VT 05819

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

Representative Erron Carey (R-104)
Office Phone: 802-875-2807
Home Phone: 802-875-2127
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)
Office Phone: 802-868-4807
Home Phone: 802-524-6581
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)
Office Phone: 802-457-2398
Home Phone: 802-457-2398
Fax: 802-457-1689
RR 2, Box 164
Woodstock, VT 05091

Representative George Cross (D-23)
Office Phone: 802-655-4611
Home Phone: 802-665-0485
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


For more information on H.B. 703, see the following page on our

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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