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1/28/2005 9:01:07 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland Homeschoolers Ready to Impact the State Capitol

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January 28, 2004


Maryland Homeschoolers Ready to Impact the State Capitol


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

HSLDA encourages all Maryland homeschoolers to come to Annapolis on
February 8 to meet their state legislators and build bridges to
protect freedom.

Christian Home Educator's Network (CHEN) is organizing the "Shine on
the State House Day" event. As homeschool families personally thank
their Senators and Delegates for protecting homeschool freedom they
will be building bridges that will help protect homeschool freedom in
the future.

This is a tremendous opportunity for families to build relationships
with legislators. These relationships will make it much easier for
legislators to understand the importance of protecting freedom the
next time it is threatened in the legislature.

Arrive in the parking lot of the U.S. Naval Academy stadium between
9:00 and 9:15 A.M. It will cost about $5.00 to park there. We will
take the free trolley to the state house area and arrive at the
"Lawyer's Mall" (by the statue of Thurgood Marshall) at 9:30. CHEN
representatives will be there to give you some literature for your
Delegate and Senator and help you find their nearby offices. If you
would like to watch the House of Delegates conduct its business for a
few minutes, about thirty seats will be available in the House gallery
at 9:45 on a first come, first served basis.

Bring a driver's license for identification and be prepared to go
through metal detectors. Consider bringing a home-baked item as a
gift for your Delegate or Senator with a note saying, "Good things are
made at home, including education." To find the name of your Delegate
or Senator, go to our legislative toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox.

You may want to call your Delegate or Senator in advance to arrange an
appointment with him or with one of his aides. Although this is not
necessary, it will help you meet the people who influence homeschool
legislation. If your Delegate or Senator can meet with you, they will
be happy to speak with you briefly and may ask your children questions
such as, "how do you like being homeschooled?" Help your children
think through some questions they might be asked and some answers they
might give that help express why homeschooling is worth protecting.
If you are asked a question to which you do not know the answer, don't
guess; just tell them you will get back with an answer shortly and
contact HSLDA or a CHEN representative for guidance.

Legislators sometimes ask what they can do to help homeschoolers.
Since accepting government help often leads to the loss of freedom
sooner or later, we do not want to ask for favors. We merely want to
ask the lawmakers to protect the freedom to educate our children at
home.

I hope to see you in Annapolis on February 8. Check your e-mail
shortly before you leave to see if there have been any schedule
changes.

Sincerely,


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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