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4/14/2005 4:40:54 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Indiana--Calls Needed to Veto Harmful Bill

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April 14, 2005


Indiana--Calls Needed to Veto Harmful Bill


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Calls are needed immediately to ask Governor Mitch Daniels to veto a
bill that would force taxpayers to pay $7,000 for a $2,500 education
for thousands of pupils. The bill is SB 598.

It is very inexpensive to educate a child who gets his education via
the internet at home-$2,500 at the most. So if a public charter school
does this, taxpayers should not be compelled to pay $7,000 for the
pupil, right?

The legislature thinks otherwise. They have approved a bill that will
allow public charter schools to deliver internet education to students
who stay home, but would still allow them to collect full per pupil
funding from you, the taxpayer!


ACTION REQUESTED

Please call Governor Mitch Daniels immediately. Your message can be as
simple as:

"Please veto 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.

Call Governor Daniels at 317-232-4567.

Please feel free to pass this message on to your friends and family
who may not have email.


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.

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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