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8/10/2005 3:23:55 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Emails Needed--Senator Norm Coleman Wants to Hear from You

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Emails Needed--Senator Norm Coleman Wants to Hear from You


Dear HSLDA members and friends:


Many homeschoolers across the nation have discovered that federal law
does not always treat homeschoolers equitably. The Home School Legal
Defense Association is working with Congress to introduce the
Homeschool Non-Discrimination Act (HONDA) to address these problems.
HONDA fixes several oversights in federal law related to
homeschooling.

HONDA will clear up the confusion over whether public colleges can
accept homeschool graduates who are younger than the state mandated
compulsory attendance age.

HONDA will clarify that local school officials cannot investigate
homeschoolers with special needs children if those homeschoolers are
not receiving federal IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act) funds.

HONDA will level the playing field for military recruits. Currently,
only the Army allows homeschoolers to compete fairly. The Navy, Air
force and Marines still attempt to discriminate against qualified
homeschool graduates.

HONDA will give privacy protections to the records of homeschoolers
held by public schools.

HONDA will ease the restrictive labor laws for homeschoolers between
the ages 14-16 by extending periods of permissible employment.
Currently, homeschooled students are treated like public school
students for work purposes.


Action Requested:

Senator Norm Coleman wants to help homeschoolers by becoming an
initial co-sponsor of HONDA, but he wants to hear from Minnesota
homeschoolers before he supports the bill. Therefore, to show your
support for these changes to federal law, please email Senator Coleman

through his online contact form (
http://coleman.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm )
and ask him to support the changes to federal law in HONDA. Also,
please ask him to become an initial co-sponsor of HONDA. Finally, at
the beginning of your comments, please make it to the attention of
Jayne Jones (Legislative Assistant on Education).

If you would like more information on HONDA before you email Senator
Coleman, go to
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/H/Homeschool_Non-Discrimination_
Act.asp .


Sincerely,

Caleb Kershner
Director, Federal Policy and Research



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