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1/30/2006 2:47:16 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Kentucky--Calls Needed to Oppose Driver's License Bill

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January 30, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We need your calls to the Senate Education Committee to prevent
parents having to provide attendance and academic records in order for
their 16 and 17-year-old students to obtain a driver's license.

House Bill 51 would reinstate the "No pass, No drive" law that the
Kentucky Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional in 2003. Under this law,
if a public school student who is 16 or 17 drops out of public school,
or is deemed to be "academically deficient," he or she will lose their
driver's license. Any student who is withdrawn from the public school
to avoid this provision of the law would also lose their license.

However, the greater concern for homeschool families is that H.B. 51
adds a requirement that a parent must release their minor student's
attendance and academic records in order for them to obtain and keep a
driver's license. This will require all homeschoolers to prove that
their 16 and 17-year-old children are attending their private
homeschool and that they are doing well academically.

This bill has been sent to the Senate Education Committee so we need
your calls now to stop this bill. Please send this to any concerned
family and friends.

Action Requested:

Please call and/or email all of the Senate Education Committee members
listed below and give them this message:

"Please oppose House Bill 51. This bill punishes students who live in
underperforming school districts.

House Bill 51 also places the burden on parents to prove that their
children are in school and doing well before they can get a driver's
license. As a parent I am opposed to this.

Until all school districts provide an adequate opportunity for
students to learn in a public or nonpublic setting, this bill should
be defeated."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler; instead you can identify
yourself as a concerned parent and taxpayer.

Education Committee Members

Senator Ken Winters (R), Chairman
Home Phone: 270-759-5751
E-mail: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/s001.htm

Senator Vernie McGaha (R), Vice Chairman
Home Phone: 270-866-3068
E-mail: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/s015.htm

Senator Walter Blevins (D)
Office Phone: 606-743-1212
Home Phone: 606-743-1200
E-mail: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S027.htm

Senator Brett Guthrie (R)
Office Phone: 270-781-0049
Home Phone: 270-781-5597
E-mail: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S032.htm

Senator Alice Kerr (R)
Office Phone: 859-223-3274
E-mail: alice.kerr@lrc.ky.gov

Senator Gerald Neal (D)
Office Phone: 502-584-8500
Home Phone: 502-778-1178
E-mail: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S033.htm

Senator R.J. Palmer II (D)
Home Phone: 859-737-2945
Office Phone: 859-745-7604
E-mail: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S028.htm

Senator Tim Shaughnessy (D)
Office Phone: 502-584-1920
E-mail: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/s019.htm

Sen. Gary Tapp (R)
Home Phone: 502-829-9220
E-mail: gary.tapp@lrc.ky.gov

Senator Johnny Ray Turner (D)
Home Phone: 606-377-6962
E-mail: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S029.htm

Senator Jack Westwood (R)
Home Phone: 859-344-6154
E-mail: jack.westwood@lrc.ky.gov

Senator David L. Williams (R)
Office Phone: 270-864-5636
E-mail: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S016.htm

Background:

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Kentucky Revised Statutes sec.
159.051 unconstitutional because the "No pass, No drive" law would not
revoke a 16 or 17-year-old's drivers license unless the local school
district had an alternative educational program available. The intent
of the law was to avoid punishing students who live in public school
districts that did a poor job of teaching.

When House Bill 51 was introduced earlier this month it originally
stated that students who are withdrawn from public school to be
homeschooled with the intent of avoiding being classified as
academically deficient would still lose their licenses. Working with
Christian Home Educators of Kentucky, we were able to amend the bill
to state "nonpublic schools" instead of "home schools."

The addition of the requirement that a driver's license application
for a 16 or 17-year-old include a release by the parent for the
attendance and academic records of that student was made along with
that amendment. We are concerned that this will require homeschool
parents to prove that their child is enrolled in a private homeschool
program and provide some demonstration of their academic progress in
order to get a driver's license. This is unacceptable, and therefore,
House Bill 51 must be defeated.

If you are not yet a member of HSLDA and would like to help us fight
for greater homeschool freedom in Kentucky please visit
http://www.hslda.org/join/apply.asp . From now until March 18 you can
save an additional $15 to $30 if you join or renew online.

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Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in Kentucky.

Sincerely,


Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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