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3/2/2004 12:41:25 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa--Calls Needed-Parent Directed Driver Ed Heads For Crucial Vote

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March 2, 2004


Iowa--Calls Needed-Parent Directed Driver Ed Heads For Crucial Vote


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

A bill that would allow homeschool parents to teach driver's
education to their own children, (HF 2394), was approved by the House
Education Committee last week and now heads for a vote on the House
floor.

Parent taught driver's education saves lives. Although driver
education is theoretically available through school districts, many
homeschool students are turned away because the classes are full, and
even if they are admitted, the cost can be prohibitively expensive.

Homeschooling for driver education works. We need your help now to
get this message to the House of Representatives.


Action Requested:

Call your representative this week and ask him or her to support HF
2394 when it comes up for a vote. Remember that your representative
may not know anything about this bill. Your message may be simple as:

"Please support HF 2394. It would allow homeschool parents to teach
driver's education to their own children using an approved program. A
study shows that parent taught driver education saves lives.
Homeschoolers are frequently turned away from public school driver
education because the classes are full. Homeschool families need the
option of teaching their own children using an approved program. The
Education Committee approved the bill by a vote of 13 to 6."

To find the name and telephone number of your representative, go to
our legislative toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox


Reasons to Support HF 2394:

1. According to a study by the University of Colorado-Colorado
Springs, teenage injuries and deaths were dramatically lower for
teens who learned to drive using a homeschool driver education
program. The total number of accidents and tickets was also
dramatically lower.

2. Homeschooled students are frequently turned away from public
school driver education classes because the classes are full.

3. Public school driver education courses are expensive, and getting
more expensive.

4. No professional driver teacher cares as much about your child as
you do. Parent taught driver education is highly successful for the
same reason that parent taught academics are highly successful:
highly individualized attention, flexible scheduling, parent child
interaction, and greater opportunity for accountability.

The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators and HSLDA fully support
this bill. Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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