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3/21/2005 8:51:28 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--Legislative Update

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March 18, 2005


Colorado--Legislative Update


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Homeschoolers in Colorado faced an uphill battle this year because of
the election of several new members to the legislature who do not
fully support homeschool freedom.

On the side of homeschool freedom, Representative Kevin Lundberg
sponsored House Bill 1258, a tuition tax credit bill which would have
allowed parents to claim a local property tax credit of up to $1,000
for educational expenses. The bill has been postponed indefinitely in
committee, which defeats it for the year.

House Bill 1235 was also defeated in committee by a 5 to 5 vote. The
bill would have allowed parents to teach an approved driver's
education program to their children and would have clarified the
standards by which the Department of Revenue can approve parent-taught
driver's education curriculum.

House Bill 1085 would have established a tax credit for tuition paid
to a Colorado college by a public or homeschool graduate. A student
could have claimed $1,500 in qualified tuition and expenses per year.
Unfortunately, this bill is unlikely to pass this year.

Meanwhile, Senate Bill 88, which would establish and require
kindergarten to be offered by school districts throughout the state,
is on the fast track through the legislature. Although the calls of
homeschoolers slowed its progress, it seems that this legislation is
going to pass. The only hope is for the governor to veto it.

Although the good bills that we hoped for this year regarding
religious freedom and child welfare reform were not introduced, and
the positive bills that were introduced have failed, homeschool
freedoms are still being protected. There has been no harmful
legislation passed, nor is any expected to this year. We can thank the
Lord for protecting his people once again.

Thank you for your calls and efforts to work towards passing the
positive legislation.

Sincerely,


Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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