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2/9/2004 7:42:43 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Calls Needed to Defeat Bill that Targets Homeschoolers

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February 9, 2004

Calls Needed to Defeat Bill that Targets Homeschoolers

Dear Idaho HSLDA members and friends:

S.B. 1233 threatens homeschool freedom. This bill will make any home
educating parent who fails "to place the child in school . . . or to
have the child comparably instructed . . ." automatically guilty of a
misdemeanor crime.

Currently, the law states that if a parent is suspected of failing to
provide comparable instruction, proceedings would be brought against
the parent under the same Act under which the juvenile charges were
brought against the child. This system has worked effectively for
decades by giving the juvenile judge a great deal of latitude in
working with the individual family to resolve the problem. Since the
term "comparably instructed" is somewhat vague, the family has a
better opportunity to prove they are providing an education and
disprove the allegations.

Under S.B. 1233, this flexibility would be taken away. Parents whose
home education was found to be inadequate would automatically be
charged with a misdemeanor crime even if the educational shortcoming
was relatively minor.

We believe that this bill targets homeschooling families. The use of
all other forms of education - public schools, private schools, and
parochial schools - are expressly exempt from the statute.

Only homeschoolers can be convicted of failing to provide comparable
instruction under the statute this bill modifies.

We are working with the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators to defeat
S.B. 1233. It is important to stop this bill as soon as possible.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Calls are needed to the Senate Education Committee. Call, email,
or fax this message in your own words to the Education Committee
members:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 1233. This bill threatens
homeschool freedoms."

Message Telephone for all Senators: (208) 332-1000 or 1-800-626-0471
Fax Number for all Senators: (208) 334-5397
Email Addresses:

Sponsor: Joe Stegner (Nez Perce Co.): jstegner@senate.state.id.us

Education Committee Members:

Gary Schroeder, Chairman (Latah Co.): gschroed@senate.state.id.us
Tom Gannon (Owyhee & Twin Falls Cos.): tgannon@senate.state.id.us
Laird Noh (Twin Falls Co.): lnoh@senate.state.id.us
John Andreason (Ada Co.): infocntr@lso.state.id.us
Ron McWilliams (Canyon Co.): rmcwilli@senate.state.id.us
Jack Noble (Ada Co.): jnoble@senate.state.id.us
Elliot Werk (Ada Co.): ewerk@senate.state.id.us
Edgar Malepeai (Bannock Co.): emalepea@senate.state.id.us

2. Copy your email to alert@iche-idaho.org so that ICHE may keep a
tally.

Thank you for your efforts for freedom!

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association



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