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1/4/2005 5:28:14 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rhode Island--Bristol Warren Discusses Dramatic Increase in Homeschool Regulations

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January 4, 2005


Rhode Island--Bristol Warren Discusses Dramatic Increase in Homeschool
Regulations


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

On Thursday, January 6, 2005, members of the Bristol Warren School
Committee will meet to discuss dramatically increasing homeschool
regulations.

Assistant Superintendent Donna Gavin wants to force parents to submit
their curriculum so the school committee can see if it meets state and
federal standards, keep detailed logs proving their children are
taught five and a half hours each day, and take tests to prove that
they are meeting state and federal standards.


ACTION REQUESTED:

If you live in the Bristol Warren school district, come to the meeting
to show you oppose needlessly increasing homeschool regulations. The
school committee members will meet at the Oliver Administration
Building, 151 State Street, Bristol, RI at 5:30 PM on Thursday,
January 6.

Reasons to Oppose the Proposed Regulations:

Standardized test scores show that homeschool students already excel
in every area. Further regulation is unnecessary.

Statistics show that homeschool students in states with heavy
regulation do no better academically than students in states with
little or no regulation. Heavy regulation does not improve student
learning.

One reason homeschooling is so successful is that parents are free to
choose their own curriculum, teaching style, and hours of instruction,
and tailor them to their children's needs. It is both unnecessary and
unwise to take standards that are intended for institutions and apply
them to homes. "One size fits all" government standards for
curriculum content, hours of instruction, etc., can never do justice
in private homes where the uniqueness of each individual student is
allowed to guide the program.

For families who homeschool for faith reasons, more regulation
increases the likelihood their constitutional right to free expression
of religion, as practiced in their homeschool program, will be
violated.

Sincerely,


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney
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