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8/7/2003 4:24:15 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois--Ask Congressman Manzullo to Support HONDA

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August 7, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Last month H.R. 2732, the Homeschool Non-Discrimination Act (HONDA),
was introduced in the United States House of Representatives by
Congresswoman Musgrave (R-CO). Home School Legal Defense Association
fully supports this bill.

REQUESTED ACTION

If you reside in the following counties (Boone, Winnebago,
Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Carroll, McHenry, DeKalb, and
Whiteside) and your Congressman is Donald Manzullo (R, IL-16), please
write or call Rep. Manzullo and express your support of H.R. 2732.
Ask him to help put an end to discrimination against homeschoolers by
supporting this legislation.

Congressman Donald Manzullo
2228 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-5676
Fax: 202-225-5284

- or -

Congressman Donald Manzullo
415 S Mulford Rd
Rockford, IL 61108
Phone: 815-394-1231
Fax: 815-394-3930

- or -

Congressman Donald Manzullo
181 Virginia Ave
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Phone: 815-356-9800
Fax: 815-356-9803

BACKGROUND

Through the years, Home School Legal Defense Association has
routinely encountered problems arising from laws written in ignorance
of homeschooling. HONDA, while recognizing that the federal
government cannot control homeschooling, provides strong statements
in support of private home education and clarifies several existing
laws which unfairly impact homeschoolers.

Specifically HONDA addresses the following issues:

1. Higher Education Act. HONDA clarifies that colleges, which admit
homeschool graduates, do not put the college's eligibility to
participate in federal aid programs in doubt. Because of current
confusion in the law, some colleges have even revoked admission to
homeschool graduates.

2. Federal Privacy Protection. HONDA strengthens and extends existing
federal privacy law concerning education records to include any
homeschool records that may be held by public schools.

3. Fair Labor Standards. HONDA permits older homeschooled teens to
work during traditional school hours.

4. Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). HONDA makes it
clear that IDEA does not require forced evaluations of a child if a
parent is not seeking IDEA services.

5. Education Savings Accounts and Byrd Scholarships. HONDA will allow
parents to utilize federal education savings accounts for their
homeschool expenses and allow homeschool graduates eligibility for
Byrd college scholarships.

For more information, including the actual bill text, visit:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=978

Sincerely,

Thomas Washburne
Director, National Center for Home Education
Home School Legal Defense Association


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