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6/16/2003 5:24:47 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York--3 Days Left to Call on Homeschool Freedom Bill

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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June 16, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Time is running out for the New York Assembly to pass Assembly Bill
4598, the homeschool freedom bill. The last day scheduled for the
current legislative session is this Thursday, June 19, 2003. Your
calls are needed today and everyday until the session ends if this
bill is to be passed this year.

Unfortunately, members of the Assembly are receiving some calls from
those opposing this legislation. Assembly members must get the
message that the overwhelming majority of home educators in New York
do not want to continue with the oppressive, unnecessary state
oversight in the current law.

Two key legislators in the Assembly determine whether this bill will
even be called for a vote: Assemblyman Steven Sanders, Chairman of
the Education Committee, and Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, Speaker of
the Assembly.

They need to hear from you immediately!

REQUESTED ACTION
(1) Please contact Steven Sanders, Chairman of the Assembly
Education Committee, with this message:

"Please allow Assembly Bill 4598 to be voted on in the Education
Committee this session. AB 4595 will relieve public school officials
and ALL homeschooling parents from burdensome and costly
administrative tasks. All home educators have earned the right to
regulatory relief after demonstrating their success under the current
law for the past 15 years."

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

(2) Immediately call Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the Assembly, with
this message:

"Please urge Chairman Sanders to allow AB 4598 to be voted on this
session. 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."

Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the Assembly
518-455-3791
speaker@assembly.state.ny.us

(3) Immediately call Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, the sponsor of AB
4598, because he is not receiving calls supporting the homeschool
freedom bill.

"Thank you for your support of the home school bill, AB 4598. Please
do all you can to pass this bill this session. We need relief from
the onerous regulations."

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg
518-455-3028

Assembly Bill 4598 will eliminate over 75% of the regulations on
homeschoolers. 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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