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3/31/2003 4:09:25 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Kentucky--Legislature Now Closed for 2003

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March 31, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

For the first time in years, Kentucky homeschoolers have ended a
legislative season without a desperate battle for freedom. Ever since
Representative Barbara Colter lost her primary bid, homeschool
leaders have been cautiously optimistic about the possibility for
peace in the legislature. As the 2003 legislative season ends, that
cautious optimism has proved well founded.

Home School Legal Defense Association wants to thank Kentucky's
hardworking homeschoolers and statewide organizations, CHEK and KHEA,
for holding the line for freedom one year after another. All
homeschoolers can celebrate the death of House Bill 32, which would
have raised the compulsory attendance age to 18. It died without a
fight in the House. HB 33, which was also an attempt to raise the
compulsory attendance age, died with it. HB 58, which would have
forced pastors to report confidential information regarding child
abuse, never made it out of the Judiciary Committee. While none of
these bills was a direct attempt to regulate home education, each one
was important enough for HSLDA's attorneys and state leaders to
monitor. It was not necessary to mobilize homeschoolers to oppose
these bills because they did not advance through the legislative
process.

HSLDA encourages all Kentucky homeschoolers to join and support their
local and state homeschool organizations. As Benjamin Franklin said
so many years ago, "We must all hang together, or we shall most
assuredly all hang separately." We thank God for this year's
legislative season and are optimistic about next year.

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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