From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


11/3/2003 3:17:41 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Jersey--Calls Still Needed, Previte Evasive, McKeon Talks Plainly

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

November 3, 2003

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Despite the many calls that have poured into her office,
Assemblywoman Previte is being evasive about her plans to make
scapegoats of homeschoolers by seeking restrictions on homeschooling.

Her staff has been telling callers that she did not ask for a bill to
be drafted restricting homeschooling. This conflicts with a report
stating just the opposite in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

To clarify this, I emailed her Thursday and asked if she is truly
seeking legislation to create government "oversight" of homeschooled
children. Her evasive reply Friday was that she was exploring "all
directions." She said she wants to include homeschoolers in a
"safety net" but did not describe its nature. She did not, as we had
hoped, clearly state that she would not seek restrictions on
homeschool families.

This kind of evasive answer is unsatisfactory as citizens prepare to
go to the polls to elect their representatives. Until she speaks
plainly, we must assume her "safety net" is a nice-sounding word for
restrictions on homeschoolers.

Victor Cirilo, Chief of Staff for Assemblyman John McKeon, on the
other hand, plainly stated in an email to me late Thursday that he
does not intend to restrict homeschoolers. We are grateful to
Assemblyman McKeon for his clear statement and are disappointed
Assemblywoman Previte has not done the same.

Action Requested

Please call Assemblywoman Previte. She is not only accountable to
the voters in her district, but to all the citizens of the state
because she is a chairman of a legislative committee. Your courteous
message to her can be as simple as:

"Please answer clearly. Please publicly renounce any plans to punish
innocent families for the government's failure. Homeschoolers refuse
to be scapegoats for the reported criminal actions of Raymond and
Vanessa Jackson and the gross negligence of government social

Her phone number is (856) 428-3343. Pass this on to others.

No further calls to Assemblyman McKeon's office are recommended at
this time.

Thank you for standing with us to protect homeschool freedom.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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