From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


12/9/2005 11:56:59 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA - Unite in Defending Homeschool Freedom

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

HSLDA - Unite in Defending Homeschool Freedom

Dear ##ToName##,

As the New Year approaches, it brings with it the renewed challenge of
protecting your family's freedom.

In state capitols and in Washington, lawmakers will gather to consider
new legislation that could profoundly affect your ability to choose
what's best for your children and their education. Making sure
elected officials preserve your right to homeschool requires vigilance
and resolve -- and sometimes calls for a degree of action that's hard
to provide on your own.

Fortunately, you don't have to go it alone. By becoming a member of
the Home School Legal Defense Association, you'll receive invaluable
help in tracking the activities of lawmakers in your state and in
Washington. Through emails and updates on our website, we'll alert you
to legislation that requires your attention, and direct you to the
officials who can make a difference in the proposed law's final
outcome. Best of all, we can help you join your voice with other
homeschoolers and like-minded citizens, presenting a united front in
the effort to preserve educational liberties.

As an HSLDA member, you'll be part of an effective organization that
has helped homeschoolers secure many legislative victories. A few of
the successes we helped gain in 2005 include:

> The defeat of Montana Senate Bill 291 which would have introduced
major restrictions on homeschooling in the state. A rally of about
1,200 people at the capitol helped persuade lawmakers to table the
bill which represented the greatest threat ever to homeschool freedom
in Montana.

> The defeat of Florida House Bill 1115, which would have increased
state control over homeschoolers by raising the compulsory attendance
age from 16 to 18.

> Persuading Texas lawmakers to amend Senate Bill 6. The change
reduced the danger of it becoming a criminal offense for someone to
withhold their child from a social worker. If this provision had stood
it could have been used against HSLDA attorneys and parents who desire
to keep their children from being interviewed alone by social workers
during an investigation motivated by an anonymous tip.

> Persuading lawmakers to pass House Joint Resolution 6, which
declares that marriage in the state of Texas "shall consist only of
the union of one man and one woman." The amendment will now be
presented to the people of Texas for a vote in an election in

But joining HSLDA provides you so much more than just legislative
news. As a member, you'll have online access to forms and other
documents you'll need in order to comply with regulations for
homeschooling in your state, as well as valuable discounts on products
and services you can really use.

Don't forget legal services. Our members cite this as their primary
reason for joining HSLDA. They can sleep peacefully at night, knowing
that HSLDA will be there if their homeschool freedoms are ever
threatened. And it does happen -- we handled 4,019 public school and
social worker contacts between June 2004 and June 2005, even in
so-called "safe states."

So if you've thought about becoming an HSLDA member, don't put it off.
Join today, and stay on top of what your lawmakers plan to do
regarding homeschooling in 2006.


More information


J. Michael Smith

-> What's the shortest distance between two homeschoolers?

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