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2/7/2003 3:56:59 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--Legislative Update

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February 7, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

We continue to monitor legislation that might affect the rights of
homeschoolers in the state of Colorado.

VICTORY

House Bill 1177, which required school districts to provide
kindergarten programs to five year olds, has died in committee.
Treon Goosen, of Concerned Parents of Colorado, has reported she was
assured by Representative Don Lee, H.B. 1177 would be officially
killed soon. Home School Legal Defense Association opposed this bill
because of the financial impact and the potential of mandating
kindergarten for all students.

UPDATE

House Bill 1174 allows for districts to establish a full day of
kindergarten when the school district has a low academic rating based
on the previous year's performance. HSLDA takes a neutral position
on such bills relating to public school programs. But bills like this
can be harmful if they are accompanied by an attempt to lower the
state's compulsory attendance age. No new action has been taken on
H.B. 1174 since it was assigned to the Education Committee.

House Bill 1149 would create a penalty against a government employee
for making a materially false statement related to the dependency or
neglect of a child. HSLDA supports the honest dealing of government
officials, especially in the context of a child welfare
investigation. On January 23 the Judiciary Committee laid the bill
over unamended, meaning that consideration of the measure is
postponed to a later time. We will update you as we become aware of
any new developments on H.B. 1149.

Thank you for your efforts to keep homeschooling free!

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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