From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


11/14/2002 4:41:22 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Pennsylvania-Homeschool Legislation Officially Dead for 2002

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

November 14, 2002

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The House Education Committee met yesterday, November 13, 2002, to
consider H.B. 2560. Both Representative Sam Rohrer, the sponsor of
the bill, and Representative Fred McIllhattan urged the Committee
members to vote for the bill. However, the Chairman of the Committee,
Representative Jess Stairs, offered an amendment requiring a year-end
evaluation and removing the clause in the bill ensuring that
homeschool graduates were given the same rights, benefits, and
privileges as all other high school graduates. The amendment would
have also required a certified teacher, with at least three years of
experience and Department of Education approval, to conduct the
evaluations. These evaluators would have been required to send their
evaluations directly to the Department of Education. Unfortunately,
the Committee adopted Chairman Stairs' amendment.

After the amendment passed, Representative Rohrer moved to table the
bill to prevent these unfavorable amendments from passing out of the
House Education Committee. The Committee then voted in favor of
tabling the bill, meaning that H.B. 2560 is effectively dead for this
legislative session. In any case, we would not have supported the
bill as amended due to Representative Stairs' restrictive amendment.

It is likely that a new bill will be introduced in the upcoming
legislative session next year. At this point, we do not know whether
it will contain the same language as H.B. 2560 or some different

If you have any questions or concerns about what this bill would do,
please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information. Or
you can visit our web site at:

It is extremely unfortunate that we lost this battle to make
homeschooling easier in Pennsylvania. Many of you worked long and
hard over the last year to support H.B. 2560, and we thank you very
much for your labors. Please don't be discouraged. It is our hope
that this year's effort will lay the groundwork for legislative
victory in the 2003 legislative session.

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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