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7/19/2002 4:02:02 PM
Dewitt T. Black III, Esq., Senior Counsel of HSLDA
Pennsylvania--Calls needed for House Bill 2560

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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

We need your calls now to help the home school bill (HB 2560) pass
the House Education Committee. Time is running out for us to
eliminate 75% of the present controls on home schoolers.

As previously reported to you, the House Education Committee met on
June 13, 2002, at which time testimony was received from Chris Klicka
of HSLDA, Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research
Institute, Dr. Bruce Eagleson of the Christian Home School
Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP), Ellen Kramer of the Catholic
Homeschoolers of Pennsylvania, Maryalice Newborn of the Pennsylvania
Home Education Association, Mary Hudzinski of Mason-Dixon
Homeschoolers and several others supporting House Bill 2560. Over
1,200 of home educators in attendance supported the changes in the
law that this legislation would make, and as a result at least three
more members of the Committee indicated their support. Of the 26
members of the Committee, 11 now solidly support House Bill 2560, but
three more are needed to obtain a majority to pass this bill out of
the Committee. Unless this takes place by mid-August, it is unlikely
that there is enough time left in the current legislative session for
the bill to be considered by both the full House of Representatives
and the Senate. This year's legislative session is scheduled to end
on November 27, 2002.

Your help is needed now to get enough Committee votes to move this
bill to the full House. Additionally, state senators must be
contacted and asked to support this improvement of the home school
law. Since the General Assembly is in recess for the summer, the
legislators can most likely be reached at their local district
offices.

REQUESTED ACTION

(1) Below is a list of members of the House Education Committee who
are undecided or opposed to HB 2560. We urge you to contact the
members of the Committee and give them this message:

"Please vote for House Bill 2560 which will relieve public school
officials and home schooling parents from burdensome administrative
tasks. Home educators have earned the right to less state oversight
after demonstrating their success under the current law for the past
14 years."

Please call as many members as possible.

House Education Committee- Undecided or opposed

Listed in the following order:
Name - County - Email address - Local address - Local phone

Rep. Jess Stairs, Maj. Chair - Fayette/Westmoreland -
jstairs@pahousegop.com - RD #1, Acme, PA, 15610 - (724) 423-5141
Rep. Fred McIlhattan - Armstrong/ Clarion - fmcilhat@pahousegop.com -
21 North 6th Avenue, Clarion, PA 16214 - (814) 226-9000
Rep. Edward Krebs - Lebanon - ekrebs@pahousegop.com - 445 West Penn
Avenue, Cleona, PA 17042 - (717) 270-1905
Rep. Jerry Nailor - Cumberland - jnailor@pahousegop.com - 2929
Gettysburg Road, Suite 6, Camp Hill, PA, 17011, (717) 761-4665
Rep. Robert Flick - Chester/Delaware - rflick@pahousegop.com - Barr
Building, Suite 302
266 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern, PA 19355 - (610) 251-1070
Rep. Lynn Herman - Centre/Clearfield - lherman@pahousegop.com - 301
South Allen Street, Suite 102,State College, PA, 16801, (814) 238-
5477
Rep. Ronald Miller - York - rmiller@pahousegop.com - 6872 Susquehanna
Trail South
P.O. Box 277, Jacobus, PA 17407-0277 - (717) 428-9889
Rep. Jere Schuler - Lancaster - jschuler@pahousegop.com - Municipal
Building, 852 Village Road, P. O. Box 268, Lampeter, PA 17537-0268 -
(717) 464-5285
Rep. Nick Colafella - Min. Chair - Beaver - tmclaugh@pahouse.net -
3489 Broadhead Road, Monaca, PA 15061 - (724) 728-7655
Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland - Philadelphia - tkirklan@pahouse.net - 29
East Fifth Street, Chester, PA 19013 - (610) 876-6420
Rep. James Roebuck - Philadelphia - jroebuck@pahouse.net - 4800
Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143 - (215) 724-2227
Rep. Lawrence Curry - Montgomery - lcurry@pahouse.net - One
Jenkintown Station, Suite 211, 115 West Avenue, Jenkintown, PA 19046,
(215) 572-5210
Rep. Phyllis Mundy - Lurzerne - pmundy@pahouse.net - Park Office
Bldg., Suite 113, 400 Third Avenue, Kingston, PA 18704 - (570) 283-
9622
Rep. Sara Steelman - Cambria/Indiana- ssteelma@pahouse.net - The
Atrium, 665 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA 15701 - (724) 465-0220
Rep. P. Michael Sturla - Lancaster - msturla@pahouse.net - 8 North
Queen St., Suite 1100, The Griest Building, Lancaster, PA 17603 -
(717) 295-3157

(2) We also ask you to contact your own state representative if not
on the Committee, ascertain his position on House Bill 2560, and then
either thank him for his support or urge him to vote for this bill.

To get the name and telephone number of your state representative,
use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at: http://www.hslda.org/toolbox , or
you can call the office of the Chief Clerk of the House of
Representatives at (717) 787-2372.

(3) Additionally, please contact you state senator asking for support
of this legislation. At this point, there is no sponsor for a Senate
version of this bill. The most likely candidate for this is Senator
Jeff Piccola of Dauphin County. If he is your senator, please ask him
to sponsor a companion bill in the Senate.

To get the name and telephone number of your state senator,
use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at: http://www.hslda.org/toolbox , or
you can call the office of the Chief Clerk of the Senate at (717) 787-
7163.

REASONS TO SUPPORT H.B. 2560

House Bill 2560 would do the following:

- Eliminate the requirement for filing a notarized affidavit
containing education objectives and personal health information for
each child;

- Eliminate the requirement of maintaining a portfolio of records and
materials for each child;

- Eliminate mandatory standardized testing;

- Eliminate mandatory year-end evaluations;

- Protect home education programs from any state oversight except
what is contained in the statutory law enacted by the General
Assembly in this bill;

- Require the parent to provide an annual written notification of the
home education program to the local public school superintendent
within in 30 days of commencing the program;

- Require that the annual notice include only the name, address, and
age of the child and the name of the parent supervising the program;

- Continue to require 180 days of instruction each year or 900 hours
at the elementary level or 990 hours at the secondary level;

- Establish course requirements similar to current law;

- Establish graduation requirements essentially the same as current
law but also entitling graduates of home education programs to
receive all of the rights, benefits, and privileges of other high
school graduates; and

- Permit the parent of a special needs child to conduct a home
education program without the approval of a state-certified special
education teacher or a clinical or school psychologist, a requirement
now exclusive to Pennsylvania.

To read my response to objections to H.B. 2560 raised by its
opponents, go to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=416

To review a copy of the bill text, go to:
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/BI/BT/2001/0/HB2560P3799.HTM

To view a complete list of bills HSLDA is monitoring in the state of
Pennsylvania, visit our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=417

If you have any questions or concerns about what this bill would do,
please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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