From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


8/18/2004 5:01:09 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Don't Change a System which Works for Homeschoolers

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

HSLDA is asking you to take action on this Alert from Roy Hanson and
Jim Davis of Family Protection Ministries (FPM). It is being issued
in California jointly by FPM and HSLDA. We have worked closely with
FPM to develop both the language and the strategy for this alert.

Roy Hanson's HELP Tree ALERT August 18, 2004
Private and Home Educators of California

Bill: SB 6 (as drafted 7/16/04 for Conference Committee on Master
Plan for Education) - Department of Education Reorganization
Author: State Senator Dede Alpert

Position: Strongly OPPOSE
Status: SB 6 could be voted on by the Legislature anytime between now
and Aug. 27.

Summary of Concerns: SB 6 could disrupt and possibly destroy the good
working relationship private schools and homeschoolers have
established with the State Department of Education. This would likely
affect official statements on the legality of homeschooling and the
filing of the annual Private School Affidavits.

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Information Included In This E-mail:

A. Action Items
B. Background Information
C. Reason for Opposition

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A. Action Items:

1. CALL your own State Senator and Assemblymember and ask them to
"Please vote NO on SB 6. The current organization of public education
authority and responsibilities is working well."

You can find your state legislators, their phone numbers, addresses,
and other contact information by entering your 9 digit ZIP code or
physical address in our Legislative Toolbox
( ). If you are unable to locate your
legislator using our web site, you will need to call your county
elections, voter registration, or registrar of voters office.

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* Call as a concerned parent and citizen. This bill affects all
families with young children.
* For these calls, you can use the Reason for Opposition stated
below, but this is not necessary.
* Because e-mails are easily ignored, calls are significantly more
* KEEP this Alert as a reference for future HELP Tree Alerts.
* Reprint or forward this to your friends, church, school, and group.
* Pray for a proper outcome.

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B. Background Information:

SB 6 transfers all "fiscal, programmatic, and policy authority for
education at the state level" from the Superintendent of Public
Instruction and the Department of Education to the Governor's
appointed Secretary of Education. SB 6 also significantly reduces the
authority and responsibilities of the State Superintendent of Public
Instruction and the State Board of Education.
All private schools, including home-based private schools, in
California are required to file an affidavit every year with the
Department of Education under the Superintendent of Public
Instruction. The responsibility for receiving those affidavits would
be moved to the Governor's Office.
The new Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O'Connell, and the
new head of his legal office, have made positive statements about
homeschooling and have developed very helpful policies, especially
regarding homeschoolers establishing a private school and filing the
affidavit. These positive policies are in sharp contrast to the
negative position taken by the previous Superintendent of Public
Instruction and her legal staff. We could lose the gains for which we
have worked so hard. The changes proposed by SB 6 could be disruptive
and detrimental to us.
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C. Reason for Opposition that your legislator would understand:
SB 6 subverts the balance of power concerning education. SB 6 would
place all "fiscal, programmatic, and policy authority" in the hands of
an appointed official in the Governor's Office. Education is our
state's most costly and extensive public program; authority and
responsibility for it should continue to reside with the publicly
elected Superintendent of Public Instruction.
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Family Protection Ministries (FPM) is coordinating work at the capitol
in Sacramento through meetings with legislators and other parties, and
testifying in committee hearings. We are providing written testimony
to all of the committee members. We ask our members to coordinate all
verbal testimony at any hearing through Roy and Jim by calling them at
916-786-3523. This is necessary to ensure that adequate time is
available for testimony from key witnesses. FPM will be at any and
all hearings on this bill as they routinely testify on any legislation
that might be of concern to the private homeschool community. We and
FPM jointly continue to monitor this and all other legislation of
significance to private homeschoolers in California.

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Roy Hanson's Home Educators Legislative Phone Tree
Private & Home Educators of California
P.O. Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648-0730
Fax: (916) 415-9470

HELP Tree Director
P.O. Box 100
Somerset, CA 95684-0100
Fax: (530) 622-4717

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