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1/17/2003 1:56:37 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Idaho--Homeschoolers Under Fire

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January 17, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Last year homeschoolers weathered a media attack against home
education and cries for restrictive legislation. Idaho homeschoolers
contacted their elected officials in droves preventing legislation
from being even introduced that would harm homeschooling.

This year it is apparent that the attack is beginning all over again.
On January 9, 2003, Representative Wendy Jaquet indicated publicly in
the Idaho Mountain Express that she plans to "introduce bills to
ensure testing and registration for children who are homeschooled."

A few weeks earlier, the Lewiston Tribune had a lengthy article on
homeschooling that began by saying, "Senator Gary Schroeder of Moscow
remembers a couple of years ago when a young man who had recently
enrolled at Lewis-Clark State College stopped by his Moscow office.
He said, 'Senator Schroeder, don't let other parents do to their kids
what my parents did to me.' The young man had been homeschooled most
of his life and he realized when he got to college that he was not
adequately prepared, recalls the Republican chairman of the Senate
Education Committee." The article continues by stating: "Nearly
every school superintendent in the region could relay a similar
story."

On January 7, the Lewiston Tribune published an editorial by Jim
Fisher which stated: "How many uneducated Idaho kids--who knows?" He
states in his article, "Some children who are supposedly being
homeschooled are receiving inadequate or nonexistent schooling. Not
only isn't Idaho doing anything about that, it doesn't even know who
those children are."

Last year, Maxine Riggers, a teacher in Nez-Perce, began pressuring
the Education Committee to get a bill passed to restrict
homeschooling. No doubt her efforts, along with both the mounting
pressure in the press and the concerns of Senator Schroeder, threaten
homeschool freedom once again in Idaho.

Home School Legal Defense Association is prepared once again to "head
it off at the pass." Last year, HSLDA did a number of e-lerts to
Idaho member urging them to contact the Education Committee and to
write letters to local newspapers. Presently, HSLDA is conferring
with Barry Peters of the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators for the
best strategy. Peters has contacted Representative Jaquet to see if
she is willing to abandon her plans to introduce a bill that would
restrict homeschooling.

For more information on this issue as it develops be watching for
future e-lerts from HSLDA. Urge your friends to subscribe to HSLDA's
E-lert Service (http://www.hslda.org/elert/) and the email service of
the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators (http://www.iche-idaho.org).
Thank you for your efforts for freedom.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel


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