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5/15/2002 3:05:36 PM
Christopher J. Klicka, Esq., Senior Counsel of HSLDA
New York--Your Calls Needed on Home School Bill

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

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Thanks to your efforts the battle for the New York Home School Bill,
Senate Bill 4767, continues to move forward. The bill is now in the
Assembly and is referred to as A11364.

As we reported, 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.

In order to generate support and gain final passage for the bill we
need you to take the following steps.

REQUESTED ACTION

1) Call as many of the members of the House Education Committee as
you can and give them the following message:

"Please support A11364, the Home School Bill. This bill will save
millions of taxpayer dollars while ending unnecessary regulations on
families."

The committee could vote on any day so your phone calls are vital.

Assembly Education Committee

Steven Sanders, Chair 518-455-5506
Carmen E. Arroyo 518-455-5402
Bob Barra 518-455-4656
James F. Brennan 518-455-5377
Barbara M. Clark 518-455-4711
James D. Conte 518-455-5732
Ruben Diaz 518-455-5514
Thomas P. DiNapoli 518-455-5192
Jay J. Dinga 518-455-5526
Patricia A. Eddington 518-455-4901
Steve Englebright 518-455-4804
Gary D. Finch 518-455-5878
Aurelia Greene 518-455-5671
Earlene Hooper 518-455-5861
Susan V. John 518-455-4527
Tom Kirwan 518-455-5762
Steven L. Labriola 518-455-5305
John W. Lavelle 518-455-4677
Elizabeth O'C. Little 518-455-5565
William B. Magnarelli 518-455-4826
William L. Parment 518-455-4511
Amy Paulin 518-455-5585
William Scarborough 518-455-4451
Dede Scozzafava 518-455-5797
Scott Stringer 518-455-5802
Frances T. Sullivan 518-455-5841
Robert K. Sweeney 518-455-5787
Ronald C. Tocci 518-455-4897
Paul D. Tonko 518-455-5197


2) Take time to write a letter of support to your own assemblyman.
You can find your legislator by going using our Legislative Toolbox
at: http://www.hslda.org/toolbox or by calling 518-455-4100.

Weisenberg's office has indicated that personal letters are the most
effective. Since the legislative session ends in a month, letters
should be sent within the next week.

3) Pray fervently that God would show Himself strong through the
passage of A11364.

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. Meanwhile, the
bill is in the Assembly as A11364, where it has been referred to the
Education Committee.

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. 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 A11364 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. We now have the opportunity to remove this
burden.

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

Christopher J. Klicka
Senior Counsel

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