From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/31/2003 4:55:12 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Arkansas--Dangerous Homeschool Bill Dead for Current Session

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

March 31, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Your calls worked! Last Tuesday the House Education Committee voted
to postpone action on House Bill 2518 until it was considered further
by an interim study committee. This means this threatening
legislation is effectively dead for this legislative session.
However, because of the Committee's referral to an interim study
committee, there is the possibility that it will rear its ugly head
again when the Arkansas General Assembly reconvenes in 2005.

The language of the bill authorizes the State Board of Education "to
undertake measures to ensure that home school students receive a
quality education." This carte blanche authority means that the State
Board of Education could impose on families whatever requirements it
considers necessary for home school students. Government bureaucrats,
not parents, will define "quality education."

Thank you for taking a stand for freedom and letting your voice be
heard. Without the lobbying efforts of the homeschoolers of Arkansas,
this bill would have gained momentum for passage.

HSLDA will continue to monitor this bill and work with state
homeschool leaders to bring about its final defeat.

For more information on House Bill 2518, visit our website at:


Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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