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4/4/2003 2:51:37 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Nevada--Your Calls Needed to Stop Homeschool Testing

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April 4, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

We need your calls to keep the Nevada Legislature from forcing
homeschoolers to take standardized tests. The State Board of
Education decided homeschoolers do not need to be tested, but
Assembly Bill 264 (a bill with twenty-one co-sponsors, including
every Democrat on the House Education Committee except for Bob
McCleary) would force homeschoolers to take standardized tests again.
We need your calls to stop it.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please contact the following sponsors of AB 264 who are also
sponsors of AB 311, the homeschool sports bill. Say, "Thank you for
your support for homeschool sports. Please take mandatory testing for
homeschoolers out of AB 264."

LEGISLATORS TO CONTACT:

Kelvin Atkinson 775-684-8577 katkinson@asm.state.nv.us
Mark Manendo 775-684-8801 mmanendo@asm.state.nv.us

2. Call the remaining sponsors of AB 264 on the Assembly Education
Commitee. Tell them, "Every study shows that homeschoolers outscore
public school students on standardized tests. AB 264 is an unfunded
mandate which makes families and school districts pay for homeschool
testing. Please vote "No" on AB 264."

OTHER SPONSORS OF AB 264:

Wendell P. Williams 775-684-8545 wwilliams@asm.state.nv.us
Barbara Buckley 775-684-8537 bbuckley@asm.state.nv.us
Vonne Chowning 775-684-8583 vchowning@asm.state.nv.us
William Horne 775-684-8847 whorne@asm.state.nv.us
Ellen Koivisto 775-684-8597 ekoivisto@asm.state.nv.us

3. Be prepared to attend the legislative hearing on AB 264 on
Wednesday, April 9, at 3:45 p.m. The hearing will take place in room
3143 of the legislative building at 401 South Carson Street, Carson
City. Clark County residents should attend the videoconference
hearing in Room 4406 of the Grant Sawyer Building at 555 East
Washington Avenue in Las Vegas.

BACKGROUND

Nevada homeschoolers worked long and hard to persuade the State Board
of Education to drop many restrictions on homeschoolers last
December. The State Board had previously decided that homeschoolers
did not need to take standardized tests. AB 264 would make
homeschoolers go back to the "bad old days" of testing.

Homeschoolers do well on standardized tests. AB 264, as written would
force every fourth, eighth, and eleventh grade student to take a
test. The standardized testing required by AB 264 is a waste of
homeschoolers' time and homeschoolers' money.

AB 264 is more than seventy pages long, and contains many other
controversial and expensive items. It mandates school uniforms for
every child in Nevada, authorizes school-based clinics, abolishes the
public school districts in Lincoln County, Esmeralda county, and
Story County, requires state achievement and proficiency tests to be
administered on the weekends rather than during the regular school
week, and so forth. Unlike the various "must pass" bills which cannot
be stopped by ordinary citizens, this bill is expensive and
controversial and highly partisan. Your calls should be sufficient to
stop it.

NOTE: AB 311, the homeschool sports bill, will be heard in committee
on Monday, April 7, at the same time and place described above.
Although HSLDA takes a neutral position on whether homeschoolers
should participate in public school activities, you may be interested
in appearing at this hearing to make your voice heard.

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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