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6/30/2003 11:41:25 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York--Homeschool Freedom Bill Carried Over to Next Year

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June 30, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

It was close, but we ran out of time in the 2003 legislative session.
The Homeschool Freedom bill did not get voted on in the Assembly,
causing it to be carried over until next January.

Senator Kuhl's office (the Senate sponsor) has told us the Homeschool
Freedom bill will retain the same bill numbers, SB 2060 and AB 4598,
and be ready for action in early next year. (They informed us there
is even the slight possibility that the bill may still be considered
this year if the legislature is called back into session this Fall.)

Thank you all for your tireless efforts to contact the Legislature
this year. Without you, we would not have been able to pass SB 2060
in the Senate by a 62-0 vote.

It is not uncommon for a homeschool bill or any positive legislation
to take three or four years to pass.

Remember the principle in Luke 18 of the widow at the judge's door.
"There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God or respect
man. And there was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him
saying, 'Give me legal protection from my opponent.' And for awhile
he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, 'Even though I do
not fear nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will
give her legal protection, lest by continually coming she wear me
out.'" (Luke 18:2-5).

Homeschoolers have faithfully applied this principle. This is largely
why so many excellent homeschool bills have been passed throughout
the country, including this year's new homeschool laws in Maine and
West Virginia.

We cannot accept "no" for an answer. More freedom is our goal. We
cannot settle for the status quo.

We will notify you when the Homeschool Freedom Bill is ready to move
again. Next year will be, with God's help, the year we will end over
75% of the current homeschooling requirements and lift these burdens
from the backs of homeschool parents.

Thank you for standing with us for liberty,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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