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2/17/2004 3:45:01 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Alaska--Update-Hearing on Tracking Bill Postponed!

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February 17, 2004


Alaska--Update-Hearing on Tracking Bill Postponed!


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Your calls are working! The hearing on House Bill 437, which would
create a tracking system of all school children in Alaska, has been
postponed indefinitely. We are advised that this bill may be re-
scheduled for hearing on Thursday of this week, so please continue to
contact your legislators.

Most of you very effectively called your Representatives voicing your
opposition. However, some may have tried the e-mail address provided
in our previous E-lert to you on February 13, 2004. We apologize that
we provided you with the incorrect e-mail addresses for the
legislators by abbreviating the word "state" to "st." The corrections
have been made below.

House Bill 437, introduced on February 5, 2004, by Representative
Mike Chenault, would create a tracking system for all children in the
state who are of school age. This would include students enrolled in
private schools or alternative education programs, which is defined
as "an educational program that is provided in the child's home..."

Each child would be assigned a 10-digit identification number, and
information about the child's educational progress would be reported
to the Legislature every year. This tracking system would be
administered by the Department of Education and Early Development in
conjunction with the Department of Health and Social Services.

This bill must be defeated before it gains any momentum. It is
crucial that you contact Representative Chenault, members of the
House Special Committee on Education, and your own state
representative to express your opposition to this legislation.


REQUESTED ACTION:

1. Please contact Representative Chenault, the sponsor of this bill,
with the following message:

"Please withdraw House Bill 437 which will create a tracking and
evaluation system for private and homeschool children in Alaska. This
bill would create an unnecessary academic evaluation of all nonpublic
school children at state expense. The idea of government tracking all
school children, even those being privately educated, is an invasion
of privacy and infringement on the freedom of Alaska citizens."

2. Please contact each member of the House Special Committee on
Education and your own state representative with this message:

"Please vote against House Bill 437 which will create a tracking and
evaluation system for private and homeschool children in Alaska. This
bill would create an unnecessary academic evaluation of all nonpublic
school children at state expense. The idea of government tracking all
school children, even those being privately educated, is an invasion
of privacy and infringement on the freedom of Alaska citizens."

3. Please forward this E-lert to every homeschooling family you know
who is not a member of HSLDA and urge them to contact these
legislators with the suggested messages.


Members of the House Special Committee on Education:

Representative Carl Gatto, Chairman
907-465-3743
Representative_Carl_Gatto@legis.state.ak.us

Representative Paul Seaton, Vice-Chairman
907-465-2689
Representative_Paul_Seaton@legis.state.ak.us

Representative Dan Ogg
907-465-2487
Representative_Dan_Ogg@legis.state.ak.us

Representative Peggy Wilson
907-465-3824
Representative_Peggy_Wilson@legis.state.ak.us

Representative Kelly Wolf
907-465-2693
Representative_Kelly_Wolf@legis.state.ak.us

Representative Les Gara
907-465-2647
Representative_Les_Gara@legis.state.ak.us

Representative Mary Kapsner
907-465-4942
Representative_Mary_Kapsner@legis.state.ak.us

You can find your Representative's phone number either by calling the
House Chief Clerk at 907-465-3725 or by using HSLDA's legislative
toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox

To review a copy of the bill text, go to
http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill_text.asp?hsid=HB0437A&sess
ion=23


Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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