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3/20/2006 3:59:03 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Mexico--April 1 Deadline Approaches

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March 20, 2006

New Mexico--April 1 Deadline Approaches

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Every New Mexico homeschool family is supposed to notify the New
Mexico Public Education Department by April 1 each year.
Unfortunately, the notification process has been confused by
unenforceable demands by the Department. Despite clear language in
New Mexico's statutes, the Department is attempting to require every
homeschool family to provide their annual notices online.

HSLDA has reviewed the law and the online notification website.
Consequently, our warning to families is to not identify their
children by name on this non-secure website. It is possible to notify
concerning a family without providing the names of any children, even
though there is a space available for those names.

What happens to families that send in written notices as required by
state law? The Public Education Department says "HARD COPIES OF THE
FORM WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED." Families who choose to comply with
the letter of the law by providing written documentation should send
their notices by registered mail, return receipt requested, and keep a
copy of their paperwork. This will enable them to prove that they
have complied with the law if there are problems in the future.

HSLDA is committed to defending homeschool freedom, including the
freedom to homeschool pursuant to state law as written, not as
arbitrarily revised by unelected bureaucrats. By working together
with CAPE-NM and freedom loving families, we expect to resolve this
issue fairly soon.

Sincerely,

Scott W. Somerville, Esq.

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