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4/24/2003 5:02:46 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas--Homeschoolers Defeat Registration Bill

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April 24, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

We are excited to announce another victory in Texas! We can now say
that Senate Bill 586, the homeschool registration bill, is dead and
no longer a threat homeschoolers.

When Senator Barrientos introduced S.B. 586 in February, we contacted
his office and were told the purpose of their bill was to prevent the
problem of inaccurate statistics on public school dropouts. Senator
Barrientos believed requiring homeschoolers to register with the
Commissioner of Education would fix this problem. HSLDA refused to
compromise on the issue and explained homeschoolers want to keep the
freedom they have earned after years of major court battles. We
asked Senator Barrientos to withdraw the bill but he refused.

HSLDA sent out an alert urging homeschoolers to contact Senator
Barrientos and express their opposition to the bill. Over the next
few weeks, Senator Barrientos' office received thousands of calls and
email from homeschoolers opposing the bill. In the meantime, we
continued to communicate with the legislature to resolve this issue.

Just this week HSLDA's Legislative Counsel Tom Sanders spoke with
Sen. Barrientos' office where they told him that S.B. 586 is
"essentially dead." The bill will remain on the committee agenda
until the end of the legislative session, but no more action will be
taken on it.

Your faithfulness in communicating your opposition to S.B. 586 played
a vital part in killing it. Thank you for your efforts! HSLDA will
continue to monitor Texas legislation and will report on it through
email and our website.

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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