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4/8/2004 3:54:11 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York--More Calls Needed to Board of Regents!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

April 8, 2004

New York--More Calls Needed to Board of Regents!

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Your calls and letters to the Board of Regents about the policy of
discrimination against homeschool students in the community college
and state university system are getting their attention. They are not
used to receiving many calls so they know the college discrimination
issue needs to be resolved.

We need to continue this pressure in order for positive amendments to
the current Board of Regents Rule to be enacted. The Board of Regents
have received some amendments from the State Education Department
(SED) which are unacceptable to homeschoolers since they simply
continue the present current discrimination.

Please write and call before April 15, 2004, so your voices can be
heard before the Board of Regents have their monthly meeting on April

Requested Action

Please contact your Board of Regent and at-large members and deliver
this message:

"Please reject the proposed regulations of the State Education
Department regarding homeschool college admission. These proposed
regulations change nothing and can only make the situation worse. It
goes one step further by requiring the superintendents' approval for
homeschooled high school students to even take courses at their local
community college as part of their high school program. Such approval
is not currently required and would seriously and adversely impact
the high school options for many homeschoolers.

The proposed regulations discriminate against students with
homeschool diplomas because they also require a GED. A GED carries
the stigma of a drop out; homeschool graduates are high school

Please support the amendments that Home School Legal Defense
Association and LEAH, the state homeschool association, which they
have drafted to stop discrimination against homeschoolers and will be
submitted to the Board."

Please copy all letters to:
Mr. Joseph Frey
Office of Quality Assurance
New York SED
Room 977, Education Building Annex
Albany, NY 12234

Write and call the Board of Regents below:

Robert M. Bennett, Chancellor - Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua,
Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming
201 Millwood Lane
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Phone: (716) 694-6783

Adelaide L. Sanford, Vice Chancellor - At Large
New York State Education Department
55 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1580
Phone: (718) 722-2796

Diane O'Neill McGivern - Kings and Richmond
95 West Entry Road, Country Club Grounds
Staten Island, NY 10304
Phone: (718) 667-6334

Saul B. Cohen - At Large
82 Taymil Road
New Rochelle, NY 10804
Phone: (914) 633-7889

James C. Dawson - Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton,
Montgomery, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and
2 Birchwood Drive
Peru, NY 12972
Phone: (518) 643-9289

Robert M. Johnson - Nassau and Suffolk
2 Skunk Hollow Road
Huntington, NY 11743
Phone: (212) 229-7200

Anthony S. Bottar - Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga, and
407 South Warren Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: (315) 422-3466

Merryl H. Tisch - At Large
9 East 79th Street
New York, N.Y. 10021
Phone: (212) 879-9414

Geraldine Chapey, - Queens
107-10 Shore Front Parkway, Apt. 9C
Belle Harbor, NY 11694
Phone: (718) 634-8471

Arnold B. Gardner - At Large
120 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, N.Y. 14202
Phone: (716) 845-6000

Harry Phillips III - Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and
71 Hawthorne Way
Hartsdale, NY 10530
Phone: (914) 948-2228

Joseph E. Bowman, Jr.- Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer,
Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster
ED 124, School of Education, University at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Phone: (518) 442-4987

Lorraine A. Cortes-Vazquez - Bronx
130 William Street, 9th Floor
Manhattan, N.Y. 10038
Phone (212) 233-8955

Dr. John Bardemas Judicial District I - New York
Recently appointed so address is unknown at this time.
or call the Board of Regents' main number at (518) 474-5889 for the
latest information.

James R. Tallon, Jr - Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware,
Madison, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga, Tompkins
United Hospital Fund, Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue, 23rd Floor
New York, N.Y. 10118-0110
Phone (212) 494-0777

Milton L. Cofield - Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca,
Steuben, Wayne, Yates
98 Hickory Ridge Road
Rochester, N.Y. 14625
Phone (585) 248-8494


Beginning in the 2002-03 school year, homeschoolers are experiencing
an increase in discrimination due to the implementation of a
previously dormant New York State Education Department policy. This
policy is preventing colleges from recognizing a 9-12 grade
homeschool education as being sufficient to enroll in either a State
University of New York or community college.

We are working with New York's Loving Education At Home (LEAH) at
three levels:

1) Litigation: the Owens case to help those students already in

2) Legislation: we drafted legislation which was recently introduced
as Senate Bill 6094 by Senator Robach to change this discriminatory
policy. For more information on this bill, see

3) Convince the Board of Regents by grassroots pressure to
voluntarily change their regulations and write up new favorable
regulations patterned after Senator Robach's bill. We have met with
the Deputy Commissioner of Education and others to inform them of the
current discrimination against homeschoolers. They have made promises
to include our changes in their proposal to the Board of Regents to
end the discrimination but did not. For more information, see

Your calls will show the Board of Regents of the immediate need to
end the discrimination against homeschoolers.

State universities and community colleges in New York should be open
to all students. Thanks for standing with us for freedom!


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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