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10/11/2005 5:09:39 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Massachusetts--Calls Needed to Defend Homeschool Freedom

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Massachusetts--Calls Needed to Defend Homeschool Freedom


Dear HSLDA members and friends:


Since it was filed on March 25, 2005, HSLDA has been tracking Senate
Bill 1907, which would "deny a driver's license to truants." We have
steadfastly opposed this bill because it creates a new category
previously unknown to Massachusetts law of "students enrolled in a
home education program." Furthermore, homeschooled students between
the ages of 16 and 18 would be forced to enroll in this undefined
"program" as a condition for receiving a driver's license. Though we
assume the bill was written with the best of intentions, it reveals
that the legislators who drafted it do not fully understand home
education.

We need you to call every member of the Joint Committee on
Transportation before Thursday, October 20, when that committee will
meet to hear the bill.


Action Requested:

Please call each member of the Joint Committee on Transportation and
say, "I oppose Senate Bill 1907 because it forces homeschoolers to
seek school district approval for two extra years." The members of
the Joint Committee on Transportation are:

Senator Steven A. Baddour (617) 722-1604
Senator Harriette L. Chandler (617) 722-1544
Senator Mark C. Montigny (617) 722-1440
Senator Thomas M. Mcgee (617) 722-1350
Senator Jarrett T. Barrios (617) 722-1650
Senator James E. Timilty (617) 722-1222
Senator Robert L. Hedlund (617) 722-1646
Representative Joseph F. Wagner (617) 722-2460
Representative Brian Knuuttila (617) 722-2552
Representative Frank M. Hynes (617) 722-2552
Representative William C. Galvin (617) 722-2011
Representative Anne M. Paulsen (617) 722-2140
Representative Timothy J. Toomey, Jr. (617) 722-2692
Representative Stephen P. Leduc (617) 722-2011
Representative David Paul Linsky (617) 722-2210
Representative Stephen R. Canessa (617) 722-2460
Representative Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. (617) 722-2014
Representative Martha M. Walz (617) 722-2460
Representative Paul K. Frost (617) 722-2489
Representative Paul J.P. Loscocco (617) 722-2220


Background:

S.B. 1907 was filed by two Senators and two Representatives who have
no personal hostility to home education. In an effort to link
driver's licenses to school attendance, they tried to address
homeschooling in a way that would avoid problems. Unfortunately, they
did not consult with homeschoolers prior to drafting this bill and do
not appear to understand the Massachusetts homeschool law.

Other states have attempted to use these methods to force unwilling
children to stay in school past the compulsory attendance age of 16.
Each state that has adopted this approach has generated unintended
consequences for home educators. In Kentucky, for example, where the
law clearly permits homeschooled students to obtain a driver's license
after they turn 16, there have been reports of real truants pretending
to be homeschoolers in order to be able to drive. Anything that
encourages high school drop outs to pretend to be "homeschoolers" is
bad for home education.

S.B. 1907 will be heard by the Joint Committee on Transportation at a
public hearing, which begins at 10:30 a.m. in Room A-1 of the State
Capitol on Thursday, October 20, 2005.

The joint committee will also hear Senate Bill 1912, a different bill,
that if passed, would keep children under the age of 18 from obtaining
a driver's license. HSLDA also opposes this bill, although it has no
direct impact on home education.


Sincerely,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney


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