From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


6/30/2003 12:05:53 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Idaho--Threat of Homeschool Restrictions Averted For Now

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

June 30, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Last week we informed you of a threat to Idaho homeschoolers. The
Governor's Task Force was considering a proposal for mandatory
registration, testing, and oversight of homeschoolers.

Your response to the call for immediate email and faxes was
overwhelming. Hundreds of letters flooded the Task Force, making
quite an impact. Your message that homeschoolers do not need or want
any more regulation was heard loud and clear.

The Education Committee of the Task Force, after an hour of debate,
declined to approve the Draft Recommendation which called for
registration and testing of homeschoolers. This is the good news.

However, every member of the committee still expressed concern for
the "children whose parents are failing to actually teach their
children at home." Although the immediate threat is over, a threat
still exists.

The Executive Director of the Idaho Education Association (IEA)
successfully introduced a motion asking the Governor for greater
study of whether there is a need for regulation of homeschooling.
The IEA's motion passed with only two dissenting votes. The
committee report is expected to be sent to the Governor in seven

Barry and Res Peters of the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators were
told that the Governor had been impressed with home educators and is
generally supportive of homeschooling. However, had he been faced
with the approval of his own appointed Task Force, it would have been
almost impossible for him to ignore the recommendation for the
testing and registration of homeschoolers. Barry Peters stated, "The
cooperation between Idaho homeschooling groups and HSLDA, produced a
surgical response to all of the right people at just the right

In the meantime, if you have not yet communicated to the Governor and
Lt. Governor, we recommend you send a supportive email with this
message (in your own words):

"Homeschooling works without needless government oversight. Thank you
for your support of parents' right to choose homeschooling. Please
reject any recommendation to "study" the issue of homeschooling with
the intent to increase regulations. Homeschooling has a proven track
record of academic success and has earned the right to be left

Also, include a paragraph about the success of your homeschool and
send the email sometime in the month of July.

1) Governor Dirk Kempthorne

2) Lt. Governor James Risch

For background information on the Governor's Task Force, visit our
website at:

Thank you for your prayers and help.

Yours for freedom,

Christopher Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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