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2/26/2004 3:53:15 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Tennessee--Hearing on Homeschool Testing Bill--Calls Needed Immediately!

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February 26, 2004


Tennessee--Hearing on Homeschool Testing Bill--Calls Needed
Immediately!


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We need your help now! The most dangerous piece of legislation faced
by Tennessee homeschoolers in recent years is beginning to move.

The bill mandating state testing of homeschool students is now
scheduled to be heard at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 2, 2004, by the
K-12 Subcommittee of the House Education Committee. Please take a
moment and make a few calls to stop this dangerous legislation.

House Bill 2163, sponsored by Representative Mike Turner, would
require all non-public high school students to take the Gateway end-
of-course tests in order to graduate from high school. This bill
would not only mandate testing of all homeschool and church-related
high school students but would also effectively require them to
conform their curriculum to match that of the public schools.

Despite assurances from Representative Turner that he would
discontinue efforts to pass this legislation, it is now going to be
considered this coming Tuesday by the K-12 Subcommittee of the House
Education Committee. It is crucial that you contact Representative
Turner and the members of the Subcommittee to express your opposition
to this legislation. Telephone calls are more effective than e-mails.
Doing both would be best.


REQUESTED ACTION

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

"Please withdraw House Bill 2163. 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. The cost to the State of Tennessee for testing
thousands of additional students would have a significant fiscal
impact."

Representative Mike Turner, 615-741-3229
rep.mike.turner@legislature.state.tn.us


2. Please contact each member of the K-12 Subcommittee with this
message:

"Please vote against House Bill 2163 which would require unnecessary
testing and violate the rights of parents to choose the curriculum
they consider best for their own children. The cost to the State of
Tennessee for testing thousands of additional students would have a
significant fiscal impact."

Members of the K-12 Subcommittee:

Representative Joe Towns, Jr. - Chairman, 615-741-2189
rep.joe.towns@legislature.state.tn.us

Representative Richard Montgomery - Vice Chairman, 615-741-5981
rep.richard.montgomery@legislature.state.tn.us

Representative Diane Black, 615-741-1999
rep.diane.black@legislature.state.tn.us

Representative Harry Brooks, 615-741-6879
rep.harry.brooks@legislature.state.tn.us

Representative Tommie Brown, 615-741-4374
rep.tommie.brown@legislature.state.tn.us

Representative Steve Godsey, 615-741-7623
rep.steve.godsey@legislature.state.tn.us

Representative Ulysses Jones, Jr., 615-741-4575
rep.ulysses.jones@legislature.state.tn.us

Representative Mark Maddox, 615-741-7847
rep.mark.maddox@legislature.state.tn.us

Representative Larry Turner, 615-741-6954
rep.larry.turner@legislature.state.tn.us

Representative Les Winningham, 615-741-6852
rep.les.winningham@legislature.state.tn.us


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
the members of the K-12 Subcommittee.

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

For more information on this legislation, go to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1356


4. Please attend the K-12 Subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, March 2,
2004, at 8:30 a.m. in Room 31 of the Legislative Plaza on the grounds
of the State Capitol in Nashville.


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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