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6/15/2004 2:52:38 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York--Only a Few Days Left--Call Now to Pass Homeschool Freedom Bill!

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June 15, 2004


New York--Only a Few Days Left--Call Now to Pass Homeschool Freedom
Bill!


Since we only have a few legislative days left we are resending this
e-lert to urge you to continue to call for passage of Assembly Bill
4598!


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We are entering the final weeks of legislative activity in New York
State and still have a chance to pass the Homeschool Freedom bill.

We need your calls now and throughout the rest of this month to pass
the Assembly version of the Homeschool Freedom bill.

The Senate version, Senate Bill 2060 has already passed the Senate
unanimously and is waiting for Assembly Bill 4598 to pass the
Assembly. The bill would then move to the governor's office for his
signature.

Over a thousand homeschoolers attended the LEAH rally in Albany and
lobbied the Assembly. Calls and letters have been steadily trickling
into the Assembly.

Now we need to build on this momentum by generating a "landslide" of
calls during the last few weeks of the session.

The Assembly Education Committee Chairman Steven Sanders and Assembly
Speaker Sheldon Silver are the two legislators who are holding up this
bill. They need to hear from you!

With your calls, and the combined calls of thousands of other
homeschooling families across the state, AB 4598 can be passed with
God's help.

Please call now and as often as you can over the next several weeks.

The Homeschool Freedom bill is needed to provide homeschooling
families in New York the freedom to devote more time to teaching their
children at home rather than spending it filling out unnecessary
paperwork. If passed, this legislation would eliminate over 75% of the
present restrictions governing home instruction programs in New York
and bring it more into line with the homeschool freedom experienced in
other states.


REQUESTED ACTION

(1) Please contact both Assemblyman Steven Sanders, the Chairman of
the Assembly Education Committee, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
and strongly urge them to support this bill. You can use the
following message:

"Please vote for Assembly Bill 4598 which will relieve public school
officials and homeschooling parents from burdensome and costly
administrative tasks. Home educators have earned the right to
regulatory relief after demonstrating their overwhelming success under
the current law for the past 15 years. This bill must be passed. We
need relief."

Steven Sanders - Assembly Education Committee Chairman
(518) 455-5506

Sheldon Silver - Assembly Speaker
(518) 455-3791

(2) Please call or write your own Assemblyman and give him or her the
same message:

You can find your Assemblyman's phone number either by calling the
Assembly Public Information Department: 518-455-4218 or by using
HSLDA's legislative toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox

(3) Please pray for the Legislature and for the Homeschool Freedom
bill. Pray that God would give us favor and grant homeschooling
families greater freedom in New York.


BACKGROUND

Assembly Bill 4598 would make the following changes in the current
law:

- eliminate the requirement of an Individualized Home Instruction Plan
(IHIP);

- eliminate the requirement of quarterly reports;

- eliminate required subjects at all grade levels;

- permit the alternative method of evaluation (instead of standardized
testing) every year;

- permit parents who wish to test their children to choose any
nationally-normed standardized achievement test, in addition to a
State Education Department test or another approved test;

- eliminate the requirement that the local superintendent consent to
the person who administers a standardized achievement test or who
conducts the alternative method of evaluation;

- lower the minimum standardized test score from above the 33rd
percentile to above the 23rd percentile; and

- eliminate the provision for home visits while a home instruction
program is on probation.

If this legislation is enacted into law, it will not only relieve
parents and public school officials of time-consuming administrative
tasks, it will significantly increase the freedom of home educators in
New York to direct the education of their children.

To see more information on these and other bills HSLDA is monitoring
in New York, visit our website at:

http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/NY/default.asp


Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association



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