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3/21/2003 5:20:25 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York--Calls Urgently Needed on Homeschool Freedom Bill

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March 21, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Your calls are working! The Senators offices are reporting that your
many calls on the homeschool freedom bill, Senate Bill 2060, are
having a positive impact.

Now we urgently need you to call the Assembly Education Committee to
voice your support for the identical version of the homeschool
freedom bill, Assembly Bill 4598. Your help is needed to prompt
committee members to pass this bill on to the full Assembly.

This bill would eliminate 75% of the present restrictions governing
home instruction programs since 1988. If this legislation is enacted,
parents would no longer be subject to the regulatory provisions of
the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

We are excited that AB 4598 was introduced by Harvey Weisenberg,
Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore, and Assemblyman Nancy Calhoun, Gary
Finch, Brian Kolb, Daniel O'Connell, and Bob Oaks. It also has 12
other co-sponsors in the Assembly.

REQUESTED ACTION

Please contact the members of the Assembly Education Committee listed
below with this message:

"Please vote for Assembly Bill 4598 which will relieve public school
officials and homeschooling parents from burdensome and costly
administrative tasks. Home educators have earned the right to
regulatory relief after demonstrating their success under the current
law for the past 15 years."

Assembly Education Committee Members:

Assemblyman Steven Sanders, Chairman
518-455-5506, sanders@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo
518-455-5402, arroyoc@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblyman James F. Brennan
518-455-5377, brennaj@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblywoman Barbara M. Clark
518-455-4711, clarkb@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblyman James D. Conte
518-455-5732, contej@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Jr.
518-455-5514, No Email
Assemblyman Thomas P. DiNapoli
518-455-5192, dinapot@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblywoman Patricia A. Eddington
518-455-4901, eddingp@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblyman Steve Englebright
518-455-4804, engles@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblywoman Aurelia Greene
518-455-5671, greenea@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper
518-455-5861, No Email
Assemblywoman Susan V. John
518-455-4527, johns@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblyman Tom Kirwan
518-455-5762, No Email
Assemblyman Steven L. Labriola
518-455-5305, labrios@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblyman John W. Lavelle
518-455-4677, lavellj@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblyman William B. Magnarell
518-455-4826 , magnarw@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblyman Joel M. Miller
518-455-5725, millerj@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblyman Matthew Mirones
518-455-5716, mironem@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblyman William L. Parment
518-455-4511, No Email
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin
518-455-5585, paulina@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblyman Philip Ramos
518-455-5185, No Email
Assemblyman Bill Reilich
518-455-4664, reilicw@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblywoman Teresa R. Sayward
518-455-5565, saywart@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblyman William Scarborough
518-455-4451, scarbow@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava
518-455-5797, scozzad@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblyman Scott Stringer
518-455-5802, strings@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney
518-455-5787, sweeney@assembly.state.ny.us
Assemblyman Ronald C. Tocci
518-455-4897, No Email
Assemblyman Paul D. Tonko
518-455-5197, tonkop@assembly.state.ny.us

You may send thanks to the sponsor of the bill Assemblyman Harvey
Weisenberg: weisenh@assembly.state.ny.us

Assembly Public Information Department: 518-455-4218

By far, the most influential method of communicating with your state
legislators is by personal letter. Please take time to write to your
member of assembly about this important regulation. If you are unable
to write, a telephone call is the next most effective means of
lobbying your legislators.

REASONS WE SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION

Assembly Bill 4598 would make the following changes in the current
law:

- eliminate the requirement of an Individualized Home Instruction
Plan (IHIP);

- eliminate the requirement of quarterly reports;

- eliminate required subjects at all grade levels;

- permit the alternative method of evaluation (instead of
standardized testing) every year;

- permit parents who wish to test their children to choose any
nationally-normed standardized achievement test, in addition to a
State Education Department test or another approved test;

- eliminate the requirement that the local superintendent consent to
the person who administers a standardized achievement test or who
conducts the alternative method of evaluation;

- lower the minimum standardized test score from above the 33rd
percentile to above the 23rd percentile; and

- eliminate the provision for home visits while a home instruction
program is on probation.

To see more information on these and other bills HSLDA is monitoring
in New York, visit our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/NY/default.asp

Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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