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2/23/2006 4:29:40 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Arizona--Victory for Parental Rights

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February 23, 2006

Arizona--Victory for Parental Rights

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Due to your calls Senate Bill 1527 has been amended so it no longer
violates parental rights!

As originally written, this bill would have permitted any minor who
was at least 16 to enroll in a public school without the consent of
his parent or guardian.

However, Carol Shippy of Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE)
worked with Chris Klicka of HSLDA to craft an acceptable amendment.
Senator Ron Gould then offered the amendment that would simply permit
a minor to enroll in a public school but only with the written consent
of a parent or guardian.

Last week the Senate K-12 Education Committee voted unanimously to
amend the bill, upholding the fundamental authority of a parent to
direct their child's education.

During the hearing one of the Senate sponsors of the bill, Senator
Hale, attempted to argue that there was a big problem with the
enrollment practices in the public school. The main reason this bill
was originally filed was due to a minor on an Indian reservation who
tried to enroll in the local public school. The father was absent and
the mother was apparently unable to physically enroll her son because
of a drug problem.

Most of the committee members were unconvinced that this was anything
more than a local control issue and legislation was unnecessary. In
the end, the amended bill passed the K-12 Education Committee 5 to 3.
However, it is entirely possible that the bill will be allowed to die.

As the bill has been amended to uphold parental rights, we no longer
oppose S.B. 1527 and instead take a neutral position. However, we will
continue to monitor this legislation.

Your phone calls and emails in opposition to this bill were vital in
bringing about this victory. We also appreciate the hard work on the
ground from AFHE once this bill was identified.

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

Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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