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3/22/2006 11:41:44 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--We Need You to Come to Home School Day at the Capitol!

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March 22, 2006

Colorado--We Need You to Come to Home School Day at the Capitol!

Christian Home Educators of Colorado (CHEC) invites all home-educating
families to its Home School Day at the Capitol on April 7, 2006 at the
Colorado State Capitol in Denver.

We at the Home School Legal Defense Association believe it is very
important for as many homeschool families to attend as possible. The
current Colorado Legislature is NOT pro-family. At any time, they
could introduce legislation to restrict homeschooling. In fact, Senate
Bill 73, which is being pushed through the legislature, would increase
government control over homeschooling 3 more years.

However, in my 20 years at HSLDA, I have seen how effective capitol
lobby days are in preventing bad legislation. If a legislator from
either party meets a good homeschool family face-to-face, it makes it
hard for them to vote to restrict homeschooling. If they never meet a
homeschooler, they will often vote against homeschooling when given
the opportunity.

In addition to protecting your freedom, the Home School Day at the
Capitol is an opportunity for a field trip for your children to learn
about our government and how laws are made.

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

On the agenda:

> Noon time Rally.
> Visit your Representative and Senator (ask them vote against SB 73
that increases controls on homeschoolers 3 more years, and to support
the Religious Freedom Amendment).
> Participate in FREE workshops.
> Participate in various educational tours of museums and the Capitol.
> Sign your students up for our Future Statesman program, which
includes a workbook and free workshops for kids ages 6-18 scheduled in
the morning and afternoon during Day at the Capitol. This way you will
fulfill the Colorado Legal Requirement for regular courses of
instruction in the Constitution of the United States.
> Attend the Homeschooling for Liberty in the 21st Century banquet,
where U.S. Congressman Bob Schaeffer and others will be honoring
Colorado State Representative Kevin Lundberg as 2006 Statesman of the
Year.

Some of the events and tours are completely free to your family, and
others come at significantly reduced rates. Go to www.chec.org and
visit the Day at the Capitol web page under Events.

BACKGROUND:

Below are six MORE reasons to attend Legislative Day:

> Dispel any negative myths about the homeschool movement.
> Give legislators an understanding of the large numbers of
homeschoolers within the state.
> Provide positive literature to legislators regarding homeschooling.
> Spend one-on-one time with your legislator.
> Your presence is necessary to show that the homeschool movement is
alive, well, and thriving strong.
> This is an election year--they need to know that homeschoolers vote!

Please, help keep homeschooling free in Colorado. We make a
significant statement to your representatives when 2,000 home
educators participate in the noontime rally at the capitol on April 7.


Call CHEC for a brochure (1-877-842-CHEC), or sign up NOW at
www.chec.org .

We hope you can come this year!


Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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-> How long are you in for?

Some families are facing what seems like a lifelong commitment to
homeschooling, with children at both ends of the spectrum-some
graduating and some just reaching school age. If you're going to
be "in" for a while, consider a lifetime membership with HSLDA.
It's a good deal for families with more than 10 years of
homeschooling ahead.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1936

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