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3/10/2004 3:36:36 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Vermont--Homeschoolers versus Drivers Education Teachers

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March 10, 2004


Vermont--Homeschoolers versus Drivers Education Teachers


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

House Bill 560 will be heard in the House Transportation Committee
soon. Homeschoolers have done a wonderful job of persuading
legislators to let parents teach their own children how to drive.
Nobody cares more about a child's safety than his own father or
mother! Unfortunately, the union of driver education teachers
opposes this bill. We need your help to pass the bill in the
Transportation Committee.


Action Requested:

1. Please contact every member of the House Transportation Committee
and urge them to vote "yes" on H.B. 560. Say, "No one cares more
about a child's safety than his own mother and father. Say yes to
parent taught driver education!"

House Transportation Committee:

CHITTENDEN-3-7 (1) - South Burlington
Rep. Frank Mazur, Chair (R)
52 Bartlett Bay Road
South Burlington, VT 05403
658-3975 H
fmazur@leg.state.vt.us
Fax: 658-3975

WINDHAM-4 (2) - Athens, Brookline, Grafton, Rockingham, Westminster,
Windham
Rep. Michael Obuchowski, Vice-Chair (D)
72 Atkinson Street
Bellows Falls, VT 05101-1321
463-3094 H
387-5509 W
obie@leg.state.vt.us
Fax: 387-5235

RUTLAND-5-4 (1) - Rutland City
Rep. David Allaire (R)
51 Church Street
Rutland, VT 05701
775-2162 H
775-4107 W

WASHINGTON-5 (2) - Montpelier
Rep. Francis Brooks (D)
27 Harrison Avenue
Montpelier, VT 05602
223-3170

BENNINGTON-2-1 (2) - Bennington
Rep. Timothy Corcoran (D)
8 Corey Lane
Bennington, VT 05201
447-0929
tcorcoran@leg.state.vt.us

WINDSOR-1-2 (2) - Springfield
Rep. Alice Emmons (D)
318 Summer Street
Springfield, VT 05156
885-5893

WASHINGTON-4 (2) - Barre Town
Rep. Henry Gray (R)
483 East Montpelier Road
Barre, VT 05641
476-7444

CHITTENDEN-2 (2) -Williston
Rep. Jim McCullough, Clerk (D)
592 Gov. Chittenden
Williston, VT 05495
878-2180
jmccullough@leg.state.vt.us

ESSEX-CALEDONIA (1) - Bloomfield, Brunswick, Concord, Granby,
Guildhall,
Kirby, Lunenburg, Maidstone, Victory
Rep. Janice Peaslee (R)
P.O. Box 12 , Guildhall, VT 05905
328-4452
jpeaslee@leg.state.vt.us

CHITTENDEN-5-2 (1) -Shelburne, St. George
Rep. George Schiavone (R)
196 Pierson Drive
Shelburne, VT 05482
985-2886

FRANKLIN-5 (2) - Sheldon, Swanton
Rep. John Winters (R)
1 Winters Court , Swanton, VT 05488
868-7117
jwinters@leg.state.vt.us
rivside@together.net


Background:

Parent taught driver education has been successful in a number of
states, and this bill is an important opportunity for us to find out
how "friendly" the Vermont legislature is to homeschoolers. Even if
your child is only six or seven, this bill provides a perfect
opportunity for us to "test the waters" for future legislative
initiatives. If homeschoolers can't overcome the opposition of a
small teacher's union, like the union of driver education teachers,
it will be almost impossible to achieve a genuine change to the
homeschool law past the opposition of the Vermont Education
Association.

Your effort in support of H.B. 560 is important. Please call or
write the legislators listed above, and pass this message on to other
supporters of home education. We need the House Transportation
Committee to understand that parents care more about their own
children's safety than a teacher's union.

The group that is opposing this bill, the driving teacher's union,
clearly does not understand our concerns for our children. During
testimony in the House Education Committee, one of the driving
teachers said that they were concerned whether or not homeschooling
parents could effectively deliver alcohol and drug abuse education to
their children, especially education about "driving under the
influence." This teacher said, "I do not think that kids would want
to talk with their parents about such a subject." Obviously, this
drivers education teacher is unfamiliar with the average homeschool
family. We need your calls to help the legislators hear from parents
who are committed to talking with their children about every subject,
from drinking to driving. Homeschoolers care more about the safety
of their own children than any paid instructor!


Sincerely,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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