From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


1/23/2003 12:14:45 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Idaho--Plans for Restrictive Homeschooling Law Abandoned

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

January 23, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

We thank all of you who called Representative Wendy Jaquet's office
to protest her stated goal of regulating Idaho's homeschoolers. We
have recently learned she has decided not to introduce a bill "to
ensure testing and registration for children who are homeschooled."

By hand delivered letter, the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators
(ICHE) board advised Representative Jaquet of homeschoolers'
opposition to such requirements. In a subsequent discussion with
attorney Barry Peters of ICHE, Representative Jaquet has provided
assurances that she now has no plans to submit such bills this
session. She has further indicated that she will not introduce any
such bills in the future without first discussing them with the
homeschool leaders.

We are thankful for Representative Jaquet's willingness to listen to
our concerns. We will continue to watch for other legislation that
may erode homeschool freedom.

Meanwhile, we are working with ICHE to draft and find a sponsor for a
bill to prevent state universities from discriminating against
homeschoolers seeking college admission. Due to state policy,
homeschoolers have been told they must obtain a GED to graduate from
state universities. We believe the legislature is willing to remedy
this situation and end the discrimination.

We will keep you posted. Thanks for standing with us for freedom!


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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