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9/12/2003 4:23:55 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Indiana--Roundtable Members Remain Silent, Action Needed

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September 12, 2003

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Most members of the Education Roundtable have been silent concerning
the flaws in P-16 that could threaten homeschool families. We faxed a
letter with our concerns to every member of the Roundtable about a
week ago, but we have heard only silence from the majority of them.

It is vital that we let members of the Roundtable know that the flaws
in P-16 must be repaired.

Action Requested:

1. Attend the meeting of the Roundtable on Tuesday, September 16, at
1:30 P.M. in Ballrooms C and D of the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis.
Although it is likely that there will not be an opportunity for
public comment, your presence will have an impact.

2. Comment about the need for repairing the flaws in P-16 at the
agency's website,
www.edroundtable.state.in.us/comments/public_comment.htm. Your
message can be as simple as, "The flaws in P-16 must be repaired or
the plan may jeopardize the opportunity for many students attending
non-accredited, non-public schools to attend college or receive
financial aid or scholarships. Keep a record of Roundtable member's
votes."

Background:

For a list of all 6 flaws and how they can be repaired, go to
www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1085 (requires Adobe Acrobat).

On September 11th, I had a lengthy conversation with Kevin McDowell.
He is the General Counsel for the Department of Education, and was
speaking on behalf of Dr. Suellen Reed, the Superintendent of Public
Instruction. I outlined the flaws in P-16 that threaten homeschool
families.

Mr. McDowell fully comprehended our concerns and said that Dr. Reed
did not want P-16 to hurt homeschool families. Nonetheless, he would
not support specific language to repair the flaws in P-16 at this
time.

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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