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4/5/2005 11:00:42 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Indiana--Calls Still Needed to Stop Harmful Bill

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April 5, 2005


Indiana--Calls Still Needed to Stop Harmful Bill


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Calls are needed immediately to stop a bill that would allow charter
schools to spend only $2,500 educating a student, but force Indiana
taxpayers to pay them $7,000 per pupil.

The House did not vote on Senate Bill 598 yesterday. It is scheduled
for a vote today.

If you were not able to call your representative, senator or the
Governor earlier, please call immediately.


ACTION REQUESTED

Please call your state representative, state senator, and Governor
Mitch Daniels immediately. Your message can be as simple as:

"Please oppose Senate Bill 598. It's fiscally irresponsible and will
raise my taxes needlessly. Restore fiscal protection and
accountability by preventing charter schools that provide inexpensive
internet education from getting full per pupil funding from
taxpayers."

This bill hurts you as a taxpayer. We recommend that you do not
identify yourself as a homeschooler since this will simply cause
confusion.

Use our legislative toolbox to find the name and phone number for your
representative and senator http://www.hslda.org/toolbox . Call
Governor Daniels at 317 232-4567.

Since many families do not have email, please pass this on to others.


BACKGROUND

Senate Bill 598 removes a current safeguard that protects taxpayers
from fiscal disaster.

Under the current law charter schools are prohibited from giving home
based instruction. This is because charter schools get paid around
$7,000 per student but it only costs $500 to $2,500 to provide home
based instruction.

S.B. 598 removes this vital safeguard and allows charter schools to
provide inexpensive home based instruction while receiving full per
pupil funding. Many middle income citizens are struggling to pay
rising property taxes. They do not want their taxes raised because of
a law that pays charter schools $7,000 for a $2,500 education.

I estimate that about 23,250 students are being homeschooled in
Indiana today. If only 25% (5,812) were recruited into charter
schools, Indiana taxpayers would see their tax bill go up $40.6
million.

Indiana Code 20-5.5-8-2 currently prohibits a charter school from
providing "home based instruction." S.B. 598 guts this prohibition by
inserting the word "solely" in front of it. This would allow charters
to provide inexpensive home based instruction to 99% of their students
as long as 1% received non-home based instruction. This could be
instruction in a regular school building, or in a city park, or a
public library, or a community center, or a state or national park,
etc.

For our first elert, go to http://www.hslda.org/elert/archive/

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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