From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


5/7/2002 5:29:30 PM
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
Vermont--House Education Committee Spurns Home Schoolers

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

May 7, 2002

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Despite overwhelming support from the home schooling community, the
House Education Committee refused to "untable" draft one of House
Bill 703, leaving it to die. The committee instead tried to push
draft nine, which would have encouraged judges under some
circumstances to punish truant home schoolers more strictly than
truant children enrolled in a public or private school.

Because such discriminatory treatment would be completely
unacceptable, HSLDA recommended opposing draft nine. It subsequently
died as well.


Home schoolers made a tremendous effort to bring about a modest but
important improvement to the Vermont home school law. Members of
Vermont Association of Home Educators, Christian Home Educators of
Vermont, HSLDA, and many others worked hard on H.B. 703. Tim Terhune
deserves special thanks for the many long hours he spent in
Montpelier working on this issue, as well as Retta Dunlap for her
important work near the end.

In the final analysis, a majority of lawmakers who sat on the
committee chose to do the will of education bureaucrats rather than
doing the will of Vermont citizens.

The legislators who consistently listened to the home school
community and worked to bring about positive change were Neil
Randall, Virginia Duffy, Erron Carey and Jason Barney.

Those who opposed our bill, or who supported it with little more than
lip service, were Howard Crawford, Kathy LaVoie, George Cross, Donny
Osman, Jack Anderson, Susan Wheeler and Alice Miller.


Our vision for greater liberty is long-term. Home schoolers did not
lose any freedoms in the Vermont legislature this year. We are
grateful for this. Although we will pause, we will not rest. We will
continue to work until Vermont's home school law is improved. Next
year home schoolers will be stronger and better organized than we
were this year. Perhaps the November elections will bring lawmakers
to office who understand the need for reform.

As hard as it may be to believe today, when HSLDA was founded in
1983, there were people in jail for home schooling. Every year home
school freedom has increased in our nation as a whole. I believe that
very soon it will be Vermont's turn to see progress.

Thank you all for the time and effort you spent in support of this
legislation. The defeat of H.B. 703 is an example of why we home
schoolers must renew our conviction to reform overly restrictive home
education laws. We must seek greater freedom for the Vermont home
schoolers of today as well as for future generations.

Sincerely yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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