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7/7/2006 3:27:34 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Puerto Rico--Urgent Action Needed to Stop Homeschool Bill PC 2754

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July 7, 2006

Puerto Rico--Urgent Action Needed to Stop Homeschool Bill PC 2754

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

A bill has just been introduced in the Puerto Rico House which
addresses homeschooling and, if passed, would drastically change the
current law. PC 2754 is set for hearing before the House Education
Committee on Thursday, July 13, at 1:00 p.m.

Action Requested:

We are urging members of HSLDA and other homeschoolers in Puerto Rico
to attend the meeting and voice their opposition to the bill for the
following reasons:

1. Current practice in Puerto Rico of recognition of home education
via the "non-governmental entity" private school exemption recognizes
the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing and
education of their children without unwarranted governmental
interference.

2. PC 2754 would require homeschoolers in Puerto Rico to notify the
General Education Board (GEB) of their intent to homeschool and
provide intrusive information about their family such as the name,
birth date, age, address, telephone, grade and other information
regarding the education of the children to the GEB.

3. The families will have to pay $125 at the time they provide all of
this information to the GEB.

4. Parents are required to establish the education mission and
philosophy, and provide the information to the GEB.

5. Parents will be required to keep a portfolio of each child's work
subject to the evaluation of the GEB every four years. The portfolio
must be kept for six years after the child has finished homeschooling.

Some homeschoolers are supporting this bill, insisting that
homeschoolers will be better off, that even though we're giving up
some of our freedoms, we will be able to participate in the public
school's extracurricular activities and special education programs, if
eligible, and if we want to terminate homeschooling, our children will
be able to be admitted in the local public school.

This would be a mistake and would be the first situation where a state
or territory has actually lost ground as it relates to our freedoms
since HSLDA has been in existence. Should this bill pass, Puerto Rico
would change from having one of the best homeschool situations, to one
of the more regulated.

This is a battle for freedom, and every homeschooler in Puerto Rico
should be involved.

Contact Jose Curet at 787-594-5324 (cell) or email at jcuret@aol.com
to find out how you can assist in maintaining the freedom that
homeschoolers have in Puerto Rico today.

Very truly yours,

Michael Smith
HSLDA President

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-> Extreme makeovers are for extreme circumstances...

Most homeschools don't need an extreme makeover, but there is
something to be said for attention to detail and recognition of
accomplishments. Watch the media and you'll soon see that not
everyone wants home educators and homeschooling to look good.
HSLDA works hard to shed light on the good work of home educators
so it's obvious that we don't need someone "making-over" our
homeschools. Join HSLDA and help us show the world that we're fine
as we are . . . thank you!

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1943

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