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5/14/2004 5:24:58 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Jersey--Hearing on A1918 Postponed, Weinberg Changes Strategy

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

May 14, 2004

New Jersey--Hearing on A1918 Postponed, Weinberg Changes Strategy

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Thank you for your phone calls! It now appears that Loretta Weinberg
believes her bill cannot become law as written. It has been taken off
the list of bills set for a hearing on Monday. We have received a
report that she is going to amend her bill, possibly in hopes of
reducing opposition to it.

Weinberg has already had plenty of time to amend her bill. It has now
been scheduled for a hearing twice and pulled off the list twice on
short notice. This erratic scheduling and rescheduling of hearings is
disrespectful to New Jersey citizens.

In any event, there is no amendment that can salvage this bill. No
tinkering with the bill's wording can change the fact that it is based
on a falsehood. The simple truth is that the Division of Youth and
Family Services (DYFS) -- not homeschooling -- is to blame for the
apparent neglect of the Jackson children.


1. There is no need to go to Trenton on Monday since the hearing has
been postponed. However, the Education Committee is scheduled to meet
on June 10. Please pencil that date on your calendar for a trip to
Trenton to oppose A1918 in case it is set for a hearing at that time.

2. Face to face visits can be tremendously helpful. If you have not
spoken with your Assemblypersons face to face, call their office and
try to schedule a meeting so you can discuss A1918.

3. If you have previously tried to call your Assemblypersons but
either did not get through or had to leave a message with an aide,
continue calling so you can speak with him or her in person. Keep in
mind that your Assemblypersons may not yet be familiar with A1918.
Use our legislative toolbox to find your Assemblypersons' names and
phone numbers:

Your message can be as simple as:

"Please oppose A1918 and any amendment to it. This bill violates
federal law and will damage the fundamental parental rights of
thousands of law abiding families who homeschool in New Jersey. The
law already requires parents to give their children adequate medical
care. The law already requires homeschool parents to give their
children an equivalent education to the public school. Don't punish
thousands of parents for the failure of the Division of Youth and
Family Services to protect the Jackson children in Collingswood."

4. Have your children of suitable age write letters opposing A1918 to
your Assemblypersons, with parental oversight. The voice of the
children needs to be heard too.

The following lawmakers have committed to opposing A1918 in its
present form and do not need to be called for now.

Dist. 1: Gibson

Dist. 2: Blee, Conover

Dist. 10: Wolfe

Dist. 14: Baroni

Dist. 16: Biondi and Bateman

Dist. 23: Doherty

Dist. 24: Gregg, McHose

Dist. 25: Carroll, Merkt

Dist. 26: DeCroce, Pennacchio

Dist. 30: Dancer, Malone

Dist. 39: Vandervalk

Dist. 40: O'Toole

Thank you for standing with us to protect homeschool freedom in New


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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