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2/28/2003 10:57:46 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas--Bill Would Require Registration of Homeschoolers

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February 28, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

A bill has been introduced in the Texas Legislature that will require
all homeschoolers to be registered with the state commissioner of
education. HSLDA is completely opposed to any registration or
controls on homeschoolers in Texas.

Senator Barrientos introduced the bill, S.B. 586, on February 24. It
was referred to the Senate Committee on Education.

We need your calls to Senator Barrientos to urge him to withdraw his
bill. There can be no compromise.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call Senator Barrientos and give him this message:

"Thank you for your concern for public school dropouts. However,
registering law-abiding homeschoolers is not the solution. More
serious enforcement of the existing truancy laws is all that is
necessary. We ask you to withdraw S.B. 586 and keep homeschooling
free."

Senator Barrientos capitol number is 512-463-0114.
His fax is 512-463-5949.
His e-mail is gonzalo.barrientos@senate.state.tx.us.

Be polite, yet firm that there is no room for compromise.

BACKGROUND

I contacted Senator Barrientos' office and talked to his aide in
charge of the S.B. 586. She explained that their intent is only to
help solve the school drop-out problem. They simply "want to protect
the sanctity of homeschoolers."

When informed that that we wanted the immediate withdrawal of the
bill, she asked if we would "compromise."

I explained the history of home schooling Texas and that there was no
room for compromise. Homeschoolers are content with the present legal
climate and enjoy the freedom they have fought so hard to obtain.

A second call was placed to determine if they would withdraw. The
aide said she would recommend that they not withdraw the bill.
Officially their position is that they will not withdraw the bill at
this time.

We informed her that we inform our membership.

Let Senator Barrientos know homeschoolers want him to withdraw his
bill.

Thanks for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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