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5/3/2005 3:25:33 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Vermont--Making a Difference in Montpelier

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May 3, 2005


Vermont--Making a Difference in Montpelier


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

When Vermont passed its homeschool law in 1987, it seemed like a great
step forward. Today, 18 years later, the law seems out of date and
burdensome. Almost everyone agrees it is not working well-especially
the Department of Education, which is having increasing trouble
finding staff and money to enforce it. The time is ripe for an
improvement to Vermont's homeschool law-or would be, if the
legislature understood the problem. Unfortunately, the legislature
knows very little about homeschooling.

That is why we want your family to make a trip to Montpelier to put a
face on homeschooling. Homeschool leaders across Vermont are planning
a "Homeschoolers Day" at the State House on Wednesday, May 11. This
is an excellent field trip for any family, and a great opportunity to
build bridges to the men and women who represent you.

To participate, here is all you need to do:

1. Email Retta Dunlap at mountainfold@juno.com to let her know you are
interested in coming and would like more details. Let her know the
ages of any children you will be bringing.

2. Bake homemade cookies (or other homemade equivalent) to give to
your representative.

3. Drive to Montpelier on May 11, and go to the main lobby of the
State House. You will be greeted by someone between 9 and 10 am who
will give you a handout of activities for the day.

Every homeschool child learns priceless lessons from a visit to the
State House. One trip to Montpelier can change "government" from an
abstraction to a reality. Words like "patriotism" and
"self-government" come to life when children see their parents packing
up the car to go and make a difference. And they realize that
something as simple as a plate of homemade cookies can change the
world.

Sincerely,


Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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