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6/4/2003 4:19:59 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York--Homeschool Freedom Bill Passes Senate; Calls Needed to Assembly

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June 4, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

We have exciting news to report! The homeschool freedom bill, Senate
Bill 2060, passed the New York Senate on Tuesday, June 2.

Thanks to your many calls, Senate passed the homeschool bill
unanimously, 62-0!

The momentum is increasing. This is the farthest the homeschool
freedom bill has progressed in three years. The Assembly sponsor has
indicated AB 4598 (the Assembly version of the homeschool freedom
bill) will be voted on soon.

June 19, 2003, is the scheduled end of the session so now is the time
to call the Assembly Education Committee.

Remember, this bill would eliminate over 75% of the present
restrictions governing home instruction programs since 1988. New York
will have one of the best laws in the country--we are so close!

REQUESTED ACTION

(1) Please contact as many of the members of the Assembly Education
Committee as possible with this message:

"Please vote for Assembly Bill 4598 which will relieve public school
officials and homeschooling parents from burdensome and costly
administrative tasks. Home educators have earned the right to
regulatory relief after demonstrating their success under the current
law for the past 15 years."

Assembly Education Committee Members:

Assemblyman Steven Sanders, Chairman
518-455-5506
sanders@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo
518-455-5402
arroyoc@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman James F. Brennan
518-455-5377
brennaj@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Barbara M. Clark
518-455-4711
clarkb@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman James D. Conte
518-455-5732
contej@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Jr.
518-455-5514

Assemblyman Thomas P. DiNapoli
518-455-5192
dinapot@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Patricia A. Eddington
518-455-4901
eddingp@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Steve Englebright
518-455-4804
engles@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Aurelia Greene
518-455-5671
greenea@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper
518-455-5861

Assemblywoman Susan V. John
518-455-4527
johns@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Tom Kirwan
518-455-5762

Assemblyman Steven L. Labriola
518-455-5305
labrios@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman John W. Lavelle
518-455-4677
lavellj@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli
518-455-4826
magnarw@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Joel M. Miller
518-455-5725
millerj@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Matthew Mirones
518-455-5716
mironem@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman William L. Parment
518-455-4511

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin
518-455-5585
paulina@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Philip Ramos
518-455-5185

Assemblyman Bill Reilich
518-455-4664
reilicw@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Teresa R. Sayward
518-455-5565
saywart@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman William Scarborough
518-455-4451
scarbow@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava
518-455-5797
scozzad@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Scott Stringer
518-455-5802
strings@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney
518-455-5787
sweeney@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Ronald C. Tocci
518-455-4897

Assemblyman Paul D. Tonko
518-455-5197
tonkop@assembly.state.ny.us

There is no need to call the bill sponsor, Assemblyman Harvey
Weisenberg, who is also on the Education Committee.

(2) Please contact your assemblyman and give him or her the same
message as above.

Assembly Public Information Department: 518-455-4218

By far, the most influential method of communicating with your state
legislators is by personal letter. Please take time to write to your
member of the assembly about this important legislation. Otherwise, a
telephone call is the next most effective means of lobbying your
legislators.

REASONS WE SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION

Assembly Bill 4598 would make the following changes in the current
law:

- eliminate the requirement of an Individualized Home Instruction
Plan (IHIP);

- eliminate the requirement of quarterly reports;

- eliminate required subjects at all grade levels;

- permit the alternative method of evaluation (instead of
standardized testing) every year;

- permit parents who wish to test their children to choose any
nationally-normed standardized achievement test, in addition to a
State Education Department test or another approved test;

- eliminate the requirement that the local superintendent consent to
the person who administers a standardized achievement test or who
conducts the alternative method of evaluation;

- lower the minimum standardized test score from above the 33rd
percentile to above the 23rd percentile; and

- eliminate the provision for home visits while a home instruction
program is on probation.

With God's help, we can pass this bill this year! We are on the home
stretch! Please call now!

To see more information on these and other bills HSLDA is monitoring
in New York, visit our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/NY/default.asp

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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