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4/30/2002 5:18:36 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--State Senator Threatens to Amend Home School Law, Urgent Calls Needed

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April 30, 2002

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Just when we thought home schoolers were safe for another year, Home
School Legal Defense Association has learned that Senator Bob
Hagedorn is going to attempt to "tighten" the home school law during
the final seven days of the session. Treon Goossen of Concerned
Parents of Colorado has tried to dissuade him but he told her he was
going to find a way to tack on a home school amendment to another
bill. Today's "Rocky Mountain News" confirms his threat.

Apparently this move was instigated by a person who falsified
information to an home school evaluator. The supposed home schooling
parent went through the procedures of having his "daughter" evaluated
when it was actually his dog. A positive evaluation was given based
upon the documentation and questions answered as received by the
evaluator. This person then informed several legislators and the
press that the evaluation was for his dog. His point? If a dog can
receive a favorable evaluation there must be many home schoolers out
there falsifying information to evaluators.

REQUESTED ACTION

Immediately call Senator Bob Hagedorn and give him the following
message:

"We urge you to NOT try to pass any amendment to tighten the home
school law. Home schooling works and the law is working fine. Do not
base your view of home education on one person's clever attempt to
entrap an innocent home school evaluator."

Senator Hagedorn needs to hear from sincere Colorado home schoolers
so he will not introduce legislation to limit home school freedoms.

Call from now until April 6th. You can contact Senator Bob Hagedorn
at 303-866-4879. You may want to email Nancy Mitchell
(mitchelln@RockyMountainNews.com), the reporter who wrote the
article, and see if she might do a story on the positive aspects of
home schooling. A letter to the editor is also appropriate.

BACKGROUND

Below are a few excerpts from today's "Rocky Mountain News."

The title and subtitle are: "Pupil' puts home-school evaluations on
the Spot. Dog bites system when she receives progress certificate."

"Rocky Mountain News" staff writer, Nancy Mitchell, wrote:

"Missy Campbell is an active 6-year-old in Aurora who, according to
the Colorado Homeschool Evaluation Service, is progressing nicely in
the third grade.

Problem is, Missy's a dog--a furry miniature schnauzer that perks up
at the mention of "squirrel" and "rabbit."

But last Thursday, by mail, Missy's "parents" received a certificate
of progress from a home-school evaluator who meets all the
requirements of state law. "I did it to make a point," Nick Campbell
said. "I did it to see if I could."

Missy's certificate is prompting state Sen. Bob Hagedorn, D-Aurora,
to propose an amendment this week tightening home-schooling laws. At
a minimum, Hagedorn said he wants to require personal contact between
a student and an evaluator.

"I'm a very strong supporter of expanding educational opportunities
for Colorado's children," Hagedorn said. "What I also demand by being
open to school choice is we have to have accountability."

The rest of the article can be found on the "Rocky Mountain News" web
site at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=414

Senator Hagedorn already missed his chance to add his home school
amendment on Senate Bill 80, an educational bill. We hope the calls
he already has received are causing him to think twice. He still has
a few more avenues he can try before the session is over.

Thanks for your willingness to make a call for freedom.

Sincerely,

Christopher Klicka
Senior Counsel

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