From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


1/23/2004 5:17:38 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Tennessee--Update on Mandatory State Testing of all Homeschool High School Students, More Calls Needed!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

January 23, 2004

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

Thank you for your calls to Representative Turner's office, you are
making an impact! Please continue your calls to Representative Turner
since he has not withdrawn his bill.

Also expand your calls to include Senator Roscoe Dixon, who just
introduced Senate Bill 2157, the companion to Representative Turner's

Senate Bill 2157 includes the same harmful language that would
require all non-public high school students to take the government
(Gateway) "end-of-course" tests in order to graduate from high

This bill would not only mandate testing of all homeschool and church-
related high school students but would also effectively require
homeschools and private schools to conform their curriculum to match
that of the public schools.

This bill (and Representative Turner's companion bill) must be
defeated before it gains any momentum. Contact Senator Dixon and
your own state senator to express your opposition to this


1. Immediately contact Senator Dixon, the sponsor of this bill, and

"Please withdraw S.B. 2157. This bill will require unnecessary
testing of homeschool and private school students and violate the
rights of parents to choose the curriculum they consider best for
their own children. It will also violate the No Child Left Behind Act
jeopardizing federal education funds."

2. Please contact your state senator with this message:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 2157 which would require unnecessary
testing and violate the rights of parents to choose the curriculum
they consider best for their own children."

A letter is a very effective means of influencing legislators. If you
choose not to write, please call and email the senator. He needs to
hear from every homeschooling family in Tennessee.

Senator Roscoe Dixon - 615-741-4158-Capitol office
District office--901-946-2040
9A Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN 37243

3. Please forward this E-lert to every homeschooling family you know
who is not a member of HSLDA and urge them to contact the sponsor and
their own state senator.

To get the name of your state representative, use HSLDA's Legislative
Toolbox at If you do not have Internet
access, call the Tennessee Legislature at 800-449-8366.

Background information on this bill can be viewed at:


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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