From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


5/22/2003 5:17:51 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Massachusetts--Meeting Scheduled to Discuss New Homeschool Advisory

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

May 22, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

After years of effort, Massachusetts homeschool groups are moving
forward with the Department of Education. Thanks to the diligence of
the Massachusetts Home Learning Association, Massachusetts
homeschoolers will get a new opportunity to discuss their concerns
with the department. Elizabeth Keliher, the department attorney, has
confirmed her intention to permit representatives from all statewide
homeschool groups to participate in a meeting on June 9, 2003. HSLDA
Attorney Scott Somerville will attend this meeting, along with
activists from the Massachusetts Home Learning Association,
Massachusetts Homeschool Organization of Parent Educators, Advocates
for Home Education in Massachusetts, and Catholic Homeschoolers in
Massachusetts East. Nationally-known homeschool leaders Pat Farenga
and Cynthia Sulaiman have also been invited to attend.

HSLDA attorneys have spoken at length with Attorney Keliher about the
department's decade-long effort to put out a new advisory. For years
now, Massachusetts school officials have been contacting HSLDA to
find out what Massachusetts law says regarding homeschoolers because
the department's existing advisory is out of date. School officials
are increasingly confused about complicated questions of special
education law, privacy law, and other matters that affect home
education. While the department has no direct control of home
education, departmental advisories are usually the first source
school officials look to for guidance. The department's sixteen-year-
old document is an embarrassment.

Long ago Benjamin Franklin said, "We must all hang together, or we
shall most assuredly all hang separately." If Massachusetts
homeschoolers will work together the way their ancestors did, we will
enjoy the blessings of liberty together.

For more information on this issue visit our website at:

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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