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2/6/2006 4:07:07 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Vermont--Your Calls Needed to Stop Changes to Educational Neglect Law!

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February 6, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

House Bill 594 would allow each school district to report families for
child neglect simply for failing to send in their paperwork. A
hearing has been scheduled for this bill, and we need your action!

Action Requested:

1. Please call each member of the House Education Committee. Tell
them, "Social workers should not be turned into truant officers!
Please vote 'No' on HB 594!" (All numbers are in the 802 area code.)

Representative Cross of Winooski, Chair
655-4611
Representative LaVoie of Swanton, Vice-Chair
868-4807
Representative Barnard of Richmond
434-4248
Representative Clark of Vergennes
877-2531
Representative Endres of Milton
893-0765
Representative Jerman of Essex
878-2972
Representative Kilmartin of Newport City
334-7883
Representative Livingston of Manchester
362-1949
Representative McLaughlin of Royalton
763-5262
Representative Mook of Bennington
442-5028
Representative Potter of Clarendon
438-5385

2. If possible, please attend the hearing on this bill, scheduled for
February 9, 2006, at the Capitol in Montpelier. The hearing will be
in Room 32 of the Capitol at 9 a.m. For more information on the
hearing, contact Theresa Utton with the Education Committee at
802-828-2971.

Background:

Under current law, children who are being educated at home are not
"neglected," even if the family fails to send in the appropriate
paperwork (although such children may technically "truant"). This
bill would define "child neglect" to include failure to submit
paperwork, regardless of the reason of the failure to submit the
paperwork. This could cause a serious hassle for many homeschoolers!

Sincerely,

Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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