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2/10/2004 3:33:06 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Washington--Anti-Homeschool Bill Stopped! -Senate Bill 6450

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February 10, 2004

Washington--Anti-Homeschool Bill Stopped! -Senate Bill 6450

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Due to the hard work of Washington Association of Teaching Christian
Homes (WATCH), Christian Homeschool Network of Washington (CHN), and
HSLDA, Senate Bill 6450 was stopped dead! After HSLDA identified this
bill as one to be opposed, WATCH and CHN contacted the sponsors of
the bill and convinced them to kill the bill. Due to the language in
Senate Bill 6450, Washington homeschoolers would have taken several
steps backward had it not been stopped.

First, the bill would have resurrected the certificate of mastery and
provided the "benefits" of that certificate to homeschool students.
However, these benefits are deceitful in that the whole certificate
of mastery is tied to the "school to work" program that homeschoolers
have fought so hard to be free of. To see more on why these programs
are dangerous, go to
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/G/Goals2000.asp .

Second, Senate Bill 6450 would have required a homeschool student to
"pass" a standardized achievement test or knowledge-based test to
reap the supposed benefits of the bill. As you may know, Washington
does not require a minimum score on a standardized achievement test
for homeschool students. This bill would have opened the door for a
more restrictive homeschool law and potentially limiting the freedom
that homeschool parents have in selecting the annual assessment
option for their children.

We will continue to monitor all legislation that will impact
homeschooling families in Washington.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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