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1/14/2003 10:04:22 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
North Dakota-- Please Attend Hearing Scheduled on HB 1182

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January 14, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

HSLDA has been informed that the North Dakota Legislature's House
Education Committee has scheduled a hearing on House Bill 1182. The
hearing will take place in the Pioneer Room at the State Capitol in
Bismarck, on Wednesday, January 15, 2003, at 8:30 a.m.

As mentioned in the message I sent out last week, H.B. 1182 would
require homeschool students to meet the state standards on the state
tests public school students are required to take. It is crucial in
protecting your academic freedoms that your family attends this
hearing to show the Committee members that home educators oppose this
bill. I will be there to testify on behalf of our member families in
North Dakota.

This E-lert is being sent to you on short notice, because as late as
last evening we had hoped that the House Education Committee might
withdraw this bill from further consideration. Monday afternoon the
House and Senate Education Committees held a joint meeting to discuss
various matters regarding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001,
including the effect of House Bill 1182. Unfortunately, the hearing
on this bill is still scheduled for Wednesday morning.

REQUESTED ACTION

(1) Please attend the hearing of the House Education Committee on
Wednesday morning to demonstrate your opposition to House Bill 1182.
Contact other homeschooling families who are not members of HSLDA and
urge them to attend this hearing as well. State lawmakers must see
that homeschoolers are willing to fight for their freedoms.

(2) Please contact the members of the House Education Committee and
your own state representative with this message:

"Please vote against House Bill 1182 which violates the right of
parents to choose the curriculum they consider best for their own
children. The federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 specifically
prohibits states from mandating that homeschool students take state
assessments. Enactment of this bill will jeopardize all federal
funding for education in North Dakota."

A letter is the most effective means of influencing legislators. If
you choose not to write, please call and email the state
representatives. They need to hear from every homeschooling family in
North Dakota. For a list of the committee members visit our site at:
http://www.hslda.org/Legislation/State/nd/2003/NDHB1182/default.asp

To get the name of your state representative, use HSLDA's Legislative
Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox. If you do not have Internet
access, call the North Dakota legislative telephone message center at
1-888-NDLEGIS (635-3447).

(3) Please forward this E-lert to every homeschooling family you know
who is not a member of HSLDA and urge them to contact the Committee
members and their own state representative.

BACKGROUND

For more background information on this legislation visit our website
at:
http://www.hslda.org/Legislation/State/nd/2003/NDHB1182/default.asp

To review a copy of the bill text, go to:
http://www.state.nd.us/lr/assembly/58-2003/bill_text/DQVV0100.pdf
(Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

To review a copy of the letter I sent to Dr. Wayne G. Sanstead, State
Superintendent of Public Instruction, about this legislation, go to:
http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/nd/200301070.asp

To review a copy of Chris Klicka's memorandum on the No Child Left
Behind Act of 2001, go to:
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000010/200301080.asp

With your help, we can defeat this attempt to curtail homeschool
freedom in North Dakota. Please join me in Bismark on Wednesday.

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel


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