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2/26/2003 6:08:44 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Utah--Truancy Bill Amended

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February 26, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Thank you for your hard work and phone calls! Because of the
outstanding efforts of homeschoolers across Utah, the Senate
Education Committee amended House Bill 76 on February 24 to address
our concerns.

As you know, HB 76, in its original form, would have made it a crime
for parents of truants to not "cooperate" with school officials. With
the new amendments, parents must now merely "respond" to a written
request, although the term "respond" is defined to include taking
"reasonable steps to work with school authorities to resolve a
minor's truancy." Homeschoolers who have been exempted from public
school attendance pursuant to Utah Code sec.53A-11-102(1)(b)(ii) are
expressly declared to be not "truant."

Utah homeschoolers generally have positive relations with local
school officials, but there have been increasing problems in a
handful of districts. This year's interaction with the legislature
proves they are listening when we speak. Home School Legal Defense
Association urges all Utah homeschoolers to build strong, positive
relationships with elected representatives. By working together
today, we can expand our liberties for tomorrow!

BACKGROUND

The Utah Legislature has responded to our concerns about this bill,
but still does not understand the problems this law will cause for
families who have never formally been "approved" by their local
school district. Until Utah's "approval" law is changed, Utah
homeschoolers will remain at some risk.

For more information about this bill visit our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/Legislation/State/ut/2003/uthb76/default.asp

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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