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3/23/2006 4:44:45 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Mexico--Good News in New Mexico!

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March 23, 2006

New Mexico--Good News in New Mexico!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Many families have expressed concern over some of the requirements of
the New Mexico Public Education Department's online notification form.
Your concerns were very justified, and Home School Legal Defense
Association has worked closely with CAPE-NM to take steps to solve the
problem.

Thanks to the hard work of the CAPE-NM leadership, it appears that the
Department has taken huge steps in the right direction! The most
prominent of these changes is the fact that the Department removed
their statement that only online notifications would be accepted--the
website explicitly recognizes that they will accept hard-copy
notification forms.

In addition, the online form itself has been modified. Email
addresses and phone numbers are asked for but are no longer required
information. A significant change is that the spaces for names of
homeschooled children have been removed and replaced with a spot for
ages only. All in all, Dr. Parkinson, Assistant Secretary of
Education has been very responsive to homeschool concerns, and has
made appropriate leaps toward recognizing the rights of homeschoolers.

Based on this news, we are changing our past advice about online
notification. We are now encouraging families to use the online form,
if convenient. We appreciate the Department's good faith in working
with CAPE-NM. Because the Department has shown itself willing to
address our concerns and has made many beneficial changes, we now
recommend using their website for your notification.

Sincerely,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Attorney

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