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3/30/2004 5:09:11 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa--URGENT-Come to Capitol Tomorrow to help Driver Ed Bill

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March 30, 2004


Iowa--URGENT-Come to Capitol Tomorrow to help Driver Ed Bill


Dear Iowa HSLDA members and friends:

Your calls are working! One Democratic senator has just decided to
support HF 2394 because of the tremendous number of calls from his
constituents. But we need to do more. We expect the senate to vote
some time after 11:00 AM tomorrow, and it could be extremely close.


Action Requested:

1. If you tried to call your senator and did not get through, keep
trying! Call (515) 281-3371. They must hear from their constituents.
Check your email frequently for updates.

Give your senator the following message:

"Please vote in favor of HF 2394. It will allow parents to teach
driver education to their homeschooled children. This is about saving
young lives. Statistics show that lives are saved and accidents are
prevented when homeschool parents teach driver's education to their
own children."

2. Come to the state capitol tomorrow (Wednesday) to send a personal
message to your senator. Meet at 10:00 AM in front of the entrance
to the senate chamber. Barb Heki will be holding a "NICHE" sign. She
will show you how to fill out a note that a page will take to your
senator. Your senator may come off the senate floor to talk to you.
Be prepared to explain briefly why he should support the bill (see
Background below).

3. If you live in Davenport or Bettendorf, be certain to call Senator
Maggie Tinsman, if you live in her district (district 41, the part of
Davenport east of US Route 61, and all of Bettendorf). Though many
of her constituents want this bill, she is opposing it. Leave a
message for her by calling (515) 281-3371.


Background:

1. This is about saving young lives. According to a statistical study
by students at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, injuries
and deaths were dramatically lower for teens who learned to drive
using a homeschool driver education program. The number of accidents
and tickets was also dramatically lower.

2. Homeschool 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 or teacher cares as much about your child
as you do. Parent-taught driver education is highly successful
because of individualized attention, flexible scheduling, parent-
child interaction, and greater accountability.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!



Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney


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