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6/29/2004 3:23:07 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York--Deadline Extended for Homeschool Freedom Bill

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

June 29, 2004

New York--Deadline Extended for Homeschool Freedom Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Thank you for your calls! The New York Legislature was not able to
pass the state budget in time, so the session will continue after the
July 4 holiday for a short period of time. This means that there is
still a chance for Assembly Bill 4598, the Homeschool Freedom Bill,
and Assembly Bill 11538, regarding the college admission issue in New
York, to pass this year. Staff members in the offices of Assemblyman
Steven Sanders and Sheldon Silver have assured us that the legislators
are getting the message, but calls are still needed to persuade them
to bring these bills to a vote.


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 AB 4598 and AB 11538. You can use the
following messages:

AB 4598- Homeschool Freedom Bill
"Please bring Assembly Bill 4598 for a vote. This bill 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."

AB 11538- Homeschoolers and College
"Please bring Assembly Bill 11538 for a vote. This bill is needed to
help future homeschool graduates enter a New York college or
university. The current regulations discriminate against students with
a homeschool diploma and require them to obtain a GED certificate or
statement from the school district verifying that the homeschool
program is equivalent to the public school program. Please act to
ensure that homeschool graduates are not discriminated against and
pass AB 11538."

You can also tell both Assemblymen that homeschooling families will
not give up on these issues until they are passed, even if it means
calling all next session!

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

Assemblyman Sheldon Silver - Assembly Speaker
(518) 455-3791

For more information on these bills, please visit our website at


Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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