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3/9/2005 5:00:16 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Arkansas--Calls Needed to Defeat Anti-Homeschool Bill

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March 9, 2005


Arkansas--Calls Needed to Defeat Anti-Homeschool Bill


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Your calls are needed to defeat a bill which would further restrict
the freedoms of homeschooling families in Arkansas. House Bill 2439
would prohibit parents from beginning homeschooling except at the
start of the fall or spring semester. It would also prohibit a child
under disciplinary action at the public school from being
homeschooled. This bill must be stopped before it gains any further
momentum.

Introduced by Representative David Cook (D), this bill is now in the
House Education Committee where it could be voted on at any time. We
understand that the members of the Committee have close ties with the
public school system, so it is critical that they hear from
homeschooling families.


ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please contact as many members of the House Education Committee as
possible and your own state representative with this message:

"Please vote against House Bill 2439. This bill would further restrict
the freedoms of homeschooling families by prohibiting parents from
beginning a homeschool in the middle of a semester. It would also tie
the hands of public school officials by prohibiting them from
determining when a child under disciplinary action may be
homeschooled."

Members of the Committee are as follows:

Joyce Elliot - Chair
elliottj@arkleg.state.ar.us

Dwight Fite - Vice-Chair
fited@arkleg.state.ar.us

LeRoy Dangeau
dangeaul@arkleg.state.ar.us

Jodie Mahony
no e-mail

Linda Chesterfield
chesterfieldl@arkleg.state.ar.us

Jeff Wood
woodj@arkleg.state.ar.us

Robert Jeffrey
jeffreyr@arkleg.state.ar.us

Betty Pickett
pickettb@arkleg.state.ar.us

James Norton
nortonj@arkleg.state.ar.us

Tommy Dickenson
dickinsont@arkleg.state.ar.us

Shirley Walters
walterss@arkleg.state.ar.us

Mike Kenney
no e-mail

Marilyn Edwards
edwardsm@arkleg.state.ar.us

Curren Everett
no email

Bill Abernathy
abernathyb@arkleg.state.ar.us

Nancy Duffy Blount
no e-mail

Mark Martin
martinm@arkleg.state.ar.us

Rick Saunders
saundersr@arkleg.state.ar.us

David Rainey
raineyd@arkleg.state.ar.us

David Cook
cookd@arkleg.state.ar.us

You may call any of the representatives listed above at 501-682-6211.

You can find the name and telephone number of your state
representative by using HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2174

2. Please forward this email to every homeschooling family you know
who is not a member of HSLDA and urge them to contact members of the
Committee and their own state representative.


BACKGROUND

Arkansas law permits parents to begin homeschooling at the start of
the fall or spring semester, but it also permits parents to withdraw a
child from public school after giving 14 days notice to the local
school district. House Bill 2439 would delete the provision in the law
recognizing that parents may begin homeschooling during a semester. If
this bill is enacted, Arkansas would become the only state in the
nation prohibiting parents from beginning homeschooling at any time
during the school year.

Arkansas is already the only state in the nation prohibiting parents
from homeschooling a child under disciplinary action except in certain
circumstances. House Bill 2439 would make the law even more
restrictive. Presently, a student under disciplinary action in public
school may be homeschooled under three conditions: (1) the
superintendent or local school board chooses to allow the child to
enroll in a homeschool; (2) the disciplinary action against the
student is completed, or the school semester has ended, whichever
occurs first; or (3) the student has been expelled from public school.
House Bill 2439 would change this so that even if the superintendent,
the local school board, and the parents thought homeschooling would be
beneficial for a child under disciplinary action, it would be
prohibited.

To view a copy of the text of House Bill 2439 go to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2175

Please call now.

Sincerely,


Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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