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3/21/2006 1:24:31 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Pennsylvania--Announcing CHAP HELP Day

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

March 21, 2006

Pennsylvania--Announcing CHAP HELP Day

Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP) invites all
home-educating families to its CHAP HELP Day at the Capitol in
Harrisburg on Tuesday, April 4, 2006. HELP (Home Education Lobby
Program) is an opportunity for homeschooling families from across the
state to meet with their legislators and express their views about
legislation of importance to them.

We at HSLDA believe it is very important for as many homeschool
families as possible to attend this event. The Pennsylvania General
Assembly is considering several bills which would affect homeschooling
families. Most notable are House Bill 505, House Bill 280, and Senate
Bill 1023, all containing the same language to remove superintendents
from reviewing portfolios and evaluating the progress of home
education programs. Unless there is a massive effort by homeschoolers
to influence their legislators, it is unlikely that any of these bills
will be enacted. Now is the time for your voice to be heard!

In my 15 years at HSLDA I have seen how effective capitol lobby days
are in preventing bad legislation. A face-to-face meeting between a
legislator and a homeschooling family gives the legislator the
opportunity to see firsthand the positive benefits of homeschooling.
Informed homeschooling constituents who meet with and demonstrate
interest in their legislator's activities provide that legislator with
reasons to vote in favor of maintaining homeschool freedom. If a
legislator never meets a homeschooler, he may have no reason to
support parental freedom to homeschool and may vote against
homeschooling if presented with the issue.

In addition to protecting your freedom, the CHAP HELP Day provides a
great opportunity to your children for a field trip to learn about
state government and how laws are made in Pennsylvania.

Plan ahead and make an appointment with your legislators. Take
advantage of this opportunity. Don't miss this year's great event!

Below are MORE reasons to attend the CHAP HELP Day:
> Dispel any negative myths of the homeschool movement.
> Give legislators an understanding of the large numbers of
homeschoolers within the state.
> Spend one-on-one time with your legislator.
> Show legislators that the homeschool movement is alive and well and
interested in the legislative process.
> Provide your legislator with literature about homeschooling.
> In this election year, let legislators know that homeschoolers
participate in the political process by voting.

To register for this event and for more information go to the CHAP
website at and click on the "CHAP HELP Day"
box in the right column. You may also e-mail
and request a PDF file of information and a registration form.

Register today!


Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

-> Who are the nation's best lobbyists?

We don't know that this has ever been determined; but we do know
that HSLDA's National Center for Home Education is the only
national organization lobbying on behalf of homeschoolers on
Capitol Hill.

More reasons to join HSLDA...

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