From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


10/18/2002 10:29:05 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Pennsylvania--H.B. 2560 Hearing on October 23.

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

October 18, 2002

Dear Pennsylvania Members and Friends:

We have just received information that the House Education Committee
will vote on House Bill 2560 at its meeting on October 23, 2002.
Unfortunately, unless more members of the Committee decide to support
this bill, it will be defeated when it is considered at this hearing
and will be dead for this legislative session. Your calls to
undecided and opposing members of the Committee and your attendance
at the hearing are needed in order for this bill to receive a
favorable vote. We have learned that there is a possibility that the
Committee meeting will not have quorum because it is near election
time. Be sure to contact all Committee members and urge them to
attend and vote.


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

"Please attend the Education Committee meeting on October 23rd and
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. Support only the amendments favored by Representative Sam

Please call as many members as possible. We recommend that you first
call the Harrisburg office before trying to reach the legislator in
the district office.

H.B. 2560

(Listed in the following order:
Name - County - Email address - Harrisburg phone - District phone)

Rep. Jess Stairs, Maj. Chair - Fayette/Westmoreland - - (717) 783-9311 - (724) 423-5141
Rep. Fred McIlhattan - Armstrong/ Clarion - -
(717) 772-9908 - (814) 226-9000
Rep. Edward Krebs - Lebanon - - (717) 783-1815 -
(717) 270-1905
Rep. Jerry Nailor - Cumberland - - (717) 783-
5282 - (717) 761-4665
Rep. Robert Flick - Chester/Delaware - - (717)
787-8579 - (610) 251-1070
Rep. Lynn Herman - Centre/Clearfield - - (717)
787-8594 - (814) 238-5477
Rep. Ronald Miller - York - - (717) 783-8389 -
(717) 428-9889
Rep. Jere Schuler - Lancaster - - (717) 783-
6422 - (717) 464-5285
Rep. Nick Colafella - Min. Chair - Beaver - -
(717) 787-5475 - (724) 728-7655
Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland - Philadelphia - - (717)
787-5881 - (610) 876-6420
Rep. William Robinson - Allegheny - - (717) 787-
9460 - (412) 471-7760
Rep. James Roebuck - Philadelphia - - (717) 783-
1000 - (215) 724-2227
Rep. Lawrence Curry - Montgomery - - (717) 783-
1079, (215) 572-5210
Rep. Rich Grucela - Northampton - - (717) 705-
1878 - (610) 614-1312
Rep. Phyllis Mundy - Lurzerne - - (717) 783-1614 -
(570) 283-9622
Rep. Sara Steelman - Cambria/Indiana - - (717)
772-2046 - (724) 465-0220
Rep. P. Michael Sturla - Lancaster - - (717) 787-
3555 - (717) 295-3157

Please call them and ask them to attend this crucial meeting.

Rep. Bob Bastian - Bedford/Somerset - - (717)
783-8756 - (814) 443-4230
Rep. Paul Clymer - Bucks - - (717) 783-3154 -
(215) 257-0279
Rep. Patrick Fleagle - Franklin - - (717) 783-
Rep. Bev Makereth - York - - (717) 783-2655 -
(717) 767-3947
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe - Butler - - (717) 783-
1707 - (724) 772-3110
Rep. Sam Rohrer - Berks - - (717) 787-8550 - (610)
Rep. Thomas Stevenson - Allegheny - - (717)
787-2047 - (412) 571-2169
Rep. John Lawless - Montgomery - - (717) 787-
5741 - (610) 631-5100
Rep. Tom Yewcic - Cambria/Somerset - - (717) 783-
0248 - (814) 536-8400

(2) We also ask you to contact your own state representative if he is
not on the Committee, ascertain his position on H.B. 2560, and then
either thank him for his support or urge him to vote for this bill.
If H.B. 2560 passes the House Education Committee, it is likely that
it will move quickly to the full House for consideration.

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

(3) Additionally, please contact your state senator asking for
support of this legislation. We are advised that if the House of
Representatives passes House Bill 2560, the full Senate may vote on
it without having the Senate Education Committee first pass it.
Again, this may take place very quickly after consideration by the
House, so there may not be time to make calls to senators later.

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

(4) Finally, please attend the hearing of the House Education
Committee on Wednesday, October 23, 2002. The best information we
have is that the hearing will take place in the Ryan Building at 9:30
a.m. It is important to arrive early because of limited space in the
meeting room. There will be overflow space in the lobby to
accommodate hundreds of interested home educators. As was done at the
earlier meeting of the House Education Committee on July 13, 2002,
supporters of House Bill 2560 are urged to wear red to show their
support of this legislation.


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:

To review a copy of the bill text, go to:

To view a complete list of bills HSLDA is monitoring in the state of
Pennsylvania, visit our website at:

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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