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5/8/2002 4:54:27 PM
Christopher J. Klicka, Esq., Senior Counsel of HSLDA
New York--Calls Urgently Needed for New York Home School Bill

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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The fight to get Senate Bill 4767 passed into law continues and we
have exciting news for you. Through the efforts of Loving Education
At Home (LEAH) and Rev. Duane Motley a sponsor for S.B. 4767 has been
secured in the Assembly!

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg of the 20th Assembly District, the
Deputy Majority Whip of the Assembly, has agreed to sponsor the
Assembly version of the home school bill.

Now we need to generate more support for the bill by securing more
sponsors in the Assembly.

REQUESTED ACTION

1) Call your state assemblyman and ask him to support the home
schooling bill by giving them the following message:

"Please support Senate Bill 4767, the Home School Bill. This bill
will save millions of taxpayer dollars while ending unnecessary
regulations on families. Please consider calling the Assembly
sponsor, Assemblyman Weisenberg, to tell him that you want to sign on
as a cosponsor of the bill."

You can find your legislator by going using our Legislative Toolbox
at: http://www.hslda.org/toolbox or by calling 518-455-4100.

2) Take time to write a brief word of appreciation to Assemblyman
Weisenberg for agreeing to sponsor the home school bill for you. You
can email him at: weisenh@assembly.state.ny.us We want him to see
that he has vast support for this decision, and he can communicate to
other assemblymen the positive support this bill would have.

BACKGROUND

S.B. 4767 passed the Senate Education Committee last year, but
another vote was required for 2002. The committee passed the bill
again on March 7, 2002. We are now awaiting a vote in the full
Senate, which we are confident will be successful. The bill will then
go to the Assembly, where we expect a much more difficult battle.

If this bill is enacted, it will not only relieve parents and public
school officials of time-consuming administrative tasks, but it will
also significantly increase the freedom of home educators in New York
to direct the education of their children. New York has the potential
through this legislation to go from the state with the most
restrictive home school law in the nation to a state with one of the
most favorable laws for home educators.

Passage of Senate Bill 4767 will virtually eliminate all of the legal
problems for home schooling families in New York. The bill will:

- eliminate the requirement of an Individualized Home Instruction
Plan (IHIP);
- eliminate the requirement of quarterly reports;
- eliminate required subjects at all grade levels;
- permit the alternative method of evaluation (instead of
standardized testing) every year;
- permit parents who wish to test their children to choose any
nationally-normed standardized achievement test, in addition to a
State Education Department test or another approved test;
- eliminate the requirement that the local superintendent consent to
the person who administers a standardized achievement test or who
conducts the alternative method of evaluation;
- lower the minimum standardized test score from above the 33rd
percentile to above the 23rd percentile; and
- eliminate the provision for home visits while a home instruction
program is on probation.

Over the past 17 years, HSLDA has assisted and represented thousands
of HSLDA member families in New York. We have seen first-hand the
abuse home schooling families have received from school districts
applying the present law.

Thank you for all of your efforts in this battle for freedom!

Christopher J. Klicka
Senior Counsel

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