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2/18/2004 10:08:32 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Idaho--Calls Still Needed to Defeat Bill that Targets Homeschoolers

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February 18, 2004


Idaho--Calls Still Needed to Defeat Bill that Targets Homeschoolers


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Despite an overwhelming number of contacts from concerned parents,
S.B. 1233, the bill that targets homeschoolers, passed out of the
Senate Education Committee and will be going to the Senate floor for
debate today or tomorrow.

The problem with this bill is that it tries to act as a safety net to
catch any families who may be in violation of the education law. In
the process it threatens to impose heavy penalties on families whose
homeschool is non-compliant in only minor or technical ways.

The next step for this bill will be a debate and vote before the full
Senate. We expect this vote Wednesday or Thursday, so we need you to
continue to call your senator to express your opposition to S.B.
1233.


ACTION REQUESTED

1. Calls are needed to the Senate. Call, email, or fax this message
in your own words to the bill sponsor and your own senator.

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

If you do not know who your state representative is, use HSLDA's
Legislative Toolbox at: http://www.hslda.org/toolbox.asp

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

Undecided Senators:
Elliot Werk (Ada): ewerk@senate.state.id.us
Edgar Malepeai (Bannock): emalepea@senate.state.id.us
Shawn Keough (Bonner & Boundary): skeough@senate.state.id.us
Dick Compton (Kootenai): dcompton@senate.state.id.us
Brad Little (Canyon & Gem): blittle@senate.state.id.us
Hal Bunderson (Ada): hbunders@senate.state.id.us
Sheila Sorensen (Ada): ssorense@senate.state.id.us
Fred Kennedy (Boise & Elmore): fkennedy@senate.state.id.us
Clint Stennett (Blaine, Camas, Gooding, & Lincoln):
cstennet@senate.state.id.us
Dean Cameron (Jerome & Minidoka): dcameron@senate.state.id.us
Denton Darrington (Bingham, Cassia, Oneida, & Power):
ddarring@senate.state.id.us
Bert Marley (Bannock): bmarley@senate.state.id.us
Bart Davis (Bonneville): bmdavis@senate.state.id.us
Brent Hill (Fremont & Madison): bhill@senate.state.id.us

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


BACKGROUND

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.

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.

Thank you for your efforts for freedom!


Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association



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