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6/7/2002 12:34:11 PM
Dewitt T. Black III, Esq., Senior Counsel of HSLDA
New York--Urgent Calls Needed on Home School Legislation

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June 7, 2002

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

It is time for a massive lobbying effort by home educators in New
York to bring about enactment of the favorable bills now in the
Senate and Assembly Committees on Education. There are only two weeks
left in the current legislative session. If these bills fail to pass,
we will have to start all over again in next year's legislative
session.

While things are looking promising for passage of S4767 by the full
Senate, the fate of its companion bill in the Assembly, A11364, is
very much uncertain. A11364 will not get past the Assembly Committee
on Education unless the Chairman of the committee, Assemblyman Steven
Sanders, hears from thousands of home educators right away. For this
reason, we are urging you to call Assemblyman Sanders this coming
Monday, June 10, 2002, at his office in Albany. Also, every senator
and assemblyman should get calls from their home school constituents
on Monday for maximum effectiveness. Even if you have called these
legislators before, please call again. Your spouse should call as
well.

There have been complaints from legislators that people calling them
about these bills have been rude. Please be polite and courteous when
making these calls. As Proverbs 16:21 says, "Sweetness of speech
increases persuasiveness."

REQUESTED ACTION

1) On Monday, June 10, 2002, call Assemblyman Steven Sanders,
Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Education, and give him the
following message:

"Please support A11364, the home school bill. This bill will save
taxpayer dollars while ending excessive and unnecessary regulation of
home schooling families."

Assemblyman Sanders' telephone number is 518-455-5506. He needs to
receive thousands of calls. If you get a busy signal, please keep
trying.

2) On Monday, June 10, 2002, call your own assemblyman and ask for
his support of A11364. You can find your assemblyman by using our
Legislative Toolbox at: http://www.hslda.org/toolbox or by calling
the Assembly Public Information Office at 518-455-4218.

3) On Monday, June 10, 2002, call your own senator and ask for his
support of S4767. You can find your senator by using our Legislative
Toolbox at: http://www.hslda.org/toolbox or by calling the Assembly
Public Information Office at 518-455-4218.

4) Forward this e-mail to your friends, family, and other supporters
of home education and ask them to make the same calls.

BACKGROUND

S4767 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 expect a vote in the full Senate any day now.
Meanwhile, the bill is in the Assembly as A11364, where it has been
referred to the Education Committee.

If this legislation 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 S4767 or 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!

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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