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3/18/2004 4:46:01 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Pennsylvania--CORRECTION - House Bill 36 Passes House Education Committee

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

An email dated March 15 was inadvertently re-sent regarding House
Bill 36. The following contains the updated information for House
Bill 36 that should be acted upon.

March 18, 2004

Pennsylvania--House Bill 36 Passes House Education Committee

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Yesterday the Pennsylvania House Education Committee passed House
Bill 36 lowering the compulsory attendance age from eight to six. To
lessen the adverse effects of this bill on homeschoolers, the
Committee also passed an amendment exempting home educators from the
proposed law so long as they notify the school district of their
homeschooling. Specifically, the bill now states that when parents
want to homeschool a child who is at least six but not yet eight,
they must file a notice with the public school superintendent setting
forth: "the name and address of such parent or guardian or other
person having legal custody of the child; the child's name and age;
and a statement that the child's education shall be provided for by
such parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of the
child." Thus, the net effect of this bill as it is now written is to
increase state oversight of homeschooling parents by requiring notice
to public school officials when a child becomes six years old.

House Bill 36 now moves to the full House of Representatives for
consideration. We urge you to contact your state representative and
express your opposition to this bill expanding state oversight of
education and increasing the reporting requirements for


1. Please call your state representative with this message:

"Please oppose House Bill 36. Expanding compulsory attendance would
only waste taxpayers' money and take away the right of parents to
determine when their children are ready for school."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

To find the name and telephone number of your representative, go to
our legislative toolbox at

For more information on this legislation, go to:


Dewitt T. Black, III
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association

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