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9/12/2003 2:12:07 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Mexico--Vote "No" on Amendment 1

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September 12, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Special Election on September 23 has the potential to undermine
the New Mexico state constitution. Amendment 1 poses a significant
threat to home education, and we urge our member families to oppose
it. Please vote "no" on Amendment 1 on September 23.

Amendment 1 replaces the entire education administration with a
governor-appointed cabinet-level Secretary of Public Education and
also creates a public education commission. Under current law,
voters from every political party help elect a representative Board
of Education. If Amendment 1 passes, the governor will effectively
determine education policy.

The last line of appeal for a homeschooler in New Mexico is the state
Board of Education (elected and appointed members who are charged
with setting policy and hiring the state superintendent.) State law
declares that only the Board of Education can require a home schooled
student's return to public or private school. This power has NEVER
been used. If this power is invested in a political appointee with
no one to answer to but the governor, the right to home school could
be infringed without any public accountability.

Under current law, voters choose the Board of Education. No special
interest group can control that vote. That would change if Amendment
1 passes. Each year, the National Education Association (NEA) passes
a resolution against home education. We don't want them telling the
governor who to pick as the next Secretary of Public Education.

New Mexico's state-wide homeschool organization, CAPE-NM, opposes
Amendment 1. HSLDA joins them in this recommendation. Please vote
against Amendment 1 on September 23.

Scott W. Somerville, Esq.
Home School Legal Defense Association
540-338-5600

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