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4/22/2003 4:37:00 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas--Amended Homeschool College Admissions Bill Passes House

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April 22, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Good news! On April 14, 2003, House Bill 944 passed the House of
Representatives and moved into the Senate!

In addition, we were able to work with Representative King's office
to address our concern with his use of the phrase "home school."
During the floor vote, Representative King removed the undefined term
"home school," and added our language, "private school in the home,"
into the bill. The amendment was passed. This will keep homeschooling
safe under the Texas Supreme Court's interpretation of homeschools as
having the legal status of a private school in Texas. We do not want
to separate ourselves from the Leeper court decision by creating the
term, "home school" in the Texas Code.

Now we need to pass this bill in the Senate. Please call your senator
and show our support for the bill in order to ensure its passage.

REQUESTED ACTION

There are two action items:

1) Call your Senator and give them the following message in your own
words.

"Please vote in favor of House Bill 944. It will end the
discrimination of state universities against qualified homeschool
graduates."

To get the name and telephone number of your senator, use HSLDA's
Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox. If you do not
have Internet access, you can call the legislature to find out
information about your Senator.

2) Call as many members of the Senate Education Committee and give
them the same message as above.

Senate Education Committee:
Chair: Senator Florence Shapiro, (512) 463-0108
Vice-Chair: Senator Royce West, (512) 463-0123
Senator Kip Averitt, (512) 463-0122
Senator Kyle Janek, (512) 463-0117
Senator Steve Ogden, (512) 463-0105
Senator Todd Staples, (512) 463-0103
Senator Leticia Van de Putte, (512) 463-0126
Senator Tommy Williams, (512) 463-0104
Senator Judith Zaffirini, (512) 463-0121

You can also send an email to the Senate Education Committee members
by going to:
http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/commit/c530/c530.htm

Click on the committee member and fill in the email form with your
message.

BACKGROUND

For years, some Texas universities have held homeschool graduates to
a different and more difficult standard than others. The most
frequently used discriminatory practice is to require homeschool
graduates to have significantly higher test scores than other
students.

Although we have been successful in changing the college admission
policies at the federal level, some states and individual
universities still have policies discriminating against homeschoolers
seeking college admission.

House Bill 944, introduced by Representative Phil King, requires
colleges and universities to admit graduates of a homeschool program
according to the same standards that are applied to graduates from a
public high school programs.

HSLDA strongly supports H.B. 944 as it codifies the recommendations
we have made to the Federal Department of Education. In passing the
federal Higher Education Act, Congress indicated that the admissions
standards for graduates of homeschool programs should be equal to
standards for public school graduates and that extra requirements
(for example the GED, higher SAT scores, or SAT II tests) are
discriminatory.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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