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4/22/2005 5:44:10 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York--Homeschool Rally at the Capitol

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April 22, 2005


New York--Homeschool Rally at the Capitol


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We have been told by insiders in the New York legislature that they
don't generally hold hearings on bills. They suggested that the way
for us to hold a "hearing" and to have our views made known to the
legislature is to hold a Rally. Therefore we need as many families as
possible to attend the Homeschool Rally in order to achieve the
passage of the Homeschool Freedom bill.

Loving Education At Home (LEAH) has scheduled Tuesday, May 3, 2005,
for homeschool families to gather at the Capitol and let their voices
be heard. The Homeschool Rally will provide a great opportunity for
you and your family to interact with your legislators and urge them to
support important legislation for homeschooling freedom.

It is vitally important for homeschool families to attend the
Homeschool Rally to demonstrate to all legislators that we are
dedicated to the cause of homeschooling and freedom. While the main
program will last about an hour, you and your family can use the time
before and after the Rally on the East Capitol steps to meet with your
legislator to discuss bills that are important to you.

This year the Homeschool Freedom Bill has again been introduced as
Senate Bill 3641. This bill would help homeschooling families in New
York by reducing the requirements under the Commissioner's
Regulations. New York state has some of the most restrictive laws
regarding home education but with your help we can work together to
reduce this burden. Studies have found that increased regulation does
not mean higher academic achievement for homeschoolers. New York needs
a change in the homeschool laws.

Please come and help make the Homeschool Rally a great success and
have an impact in New York.


ACTION REQUESTED

1) Please come to the Homeschool Rally on Tuesday, May 3, 2005. Meet
at noon on the East Capitol steps for the main event. Make plans to
schedule a meeting with your legislator(s) to discuss homeschool
freedom and the bills in the legislature.

If you will be coming from a great distance or are looking for
transportation contact your local LEAH chapter leader to find out if
you area will be organizing a bus trip.

2) Pray for the Homeschool Rally and for the homeschool bills
currently in the legislator. If you are unable to attend the Rally
please visit our website at
http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/NY/default.asp and call your legislators
to ask them to support Senate Bill 3641. To find your legislator
please use our legislative tool box at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox/

Thank you for standing for homeschooling and for freedom.

Sincerely,


Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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