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4/26/2005 3:17:31 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas--Calls Needed to Support Anti-Discrimination Bill for College Scholarships

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April 26, 2005


Texas--Calls Needed to Support Anti-Discrimination Bill for College
Scholarships


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Representative Charlie Howard introduced House Bill 530, which will
ensure that homeschoolers are eligible for college scholarships. This
is an important bill that will "even the playing field" for
homeschoolers across the state.

The bill prohibits universities in the State of Texas from
discriminating against homeschoolers when granting scholarships for
college tuition. HSLDA's Legislative Counsel, Tom Sanders testified in
favor of the bill last week before the Higher Education Committee.

Representative Howard has asked us to call the members of the Higher
Education Committee now to ensure the passage of H.B. 530.

Thank you in advance for your calls to the Higher Education Committee.
They could vote on H.B. 530 at any time.


ACTION REQUESTED

Please call as many of the Representatives of the Higher Education
Committee as possible and give them this message:

"Please vote for House Bill 530, this bill will "even the playing
field" for homeschoolers seeking college scholarships. Homeschool
students complete high school and perform above average in college.
This bill is needed to end the discrimination that homeschoolers
sometimes face when they reach college age."

Members of the Higher Education Committee:

Chair: Rep. Geanie Morrison
512-463-0456

Vice-Chair: Rep. Tony J. Goolsby
512-463-0454

B&O Chair: Rep. Fred Brown
512-463-0698

Rep. Glenda Dawson
512-463-0707

Rep. Pete Gallego
512-463-0566

Rep. Helen Giddings
512-463-0953

Rep. Linda Harper-Brown
512-463-0641

Rep. Jesse Jones
512-463-0664

Rep. Patrick M. Rose
512-463-0647


BACKGROUND

Originally the word "homeschool" was inserted in the bill which opens
the door for the regulation of homeschoolers. HSLDA's Legislative
Counsel, Tom Sanders, worked with Representative Howard and convinced
him to remove the word "homeschool" and instead insert the term
"private schools which operate in the home."

Avoiding the creation of a new term in the Texas Code, which has not
been defined by legislation or by the courts, helps protect
homeschoolers. Presently, the Texas Supreme Court in the Leeper case
has indicated that "homeschools" come under the status of "private
schools." We want to make sure that we protect the rights of
homeschoolers in Texas by keeping homeschools under the status of
private schools.


Sincerely,


Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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