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5/2/2003 10:46:47 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--HSLDA to Argue Community Center Case

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May 2, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Calvert County, Maryland, has refused to permit two homeschooling
moms the use of their community centers for a fiber arts class and a
geography club, explicitly stating, "home schoolers may not use
community centers." These centers are generally available to all
citizens of the community for similar activities.

Home School Legal Defense Association filed a lawsuit in the United
States District Court for Maryland asking the Court to declare the
policy a violation of the First Amendment guarantee of free speech
and of the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of equal protection of
the laws. The Court held that the Community Center had not violated
the homeschoolers' rights reasoning that teaching the young is not
speech protected by the First Amendment. It also held that the
Community Center could legally exclude homeschoolers without
violating the Fourteenth Amendment.

Last fall, HSLDA appealed the District Court decision to the United
States Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia.

On Friday, May 9, HSLDA General Counsel Michael P. Farris will be
delivering oral arguments before the Appeals Court. The arguments
will be held at the U.S. Courthouse at the corner of 10th and Main
Streets, Room 226 in Richmond, Virginia.

Oral arguments will begin at 9:00 a.m. (Three other cases are
scheduled before ours, so the exact start time cannot be determined.)
The arguments will be open to the public. We encourage you to attend
and to bring other homeschoolers with you. (Please do not bring small
children or babies; however, well-behaved children are welcome.)

We solicit your prayers as Mike Farris prepares to present the
arguments.

Sincerely,

Jim Mason
HSLDA Litigation Counsel

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