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9/21/2006 4:47:34 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Puerto Rico--Urgent Action Needed to Stop Homeschool Bill P.C. 2754

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September 21, 2006

Puerto Rico--Urgent Action Needed to Stop Homeschool Bill P.C. 2754

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Puerto Rico House Bill P.C. 2754 could be voted on at any moment
before the House of Representatives. The President of the Education &
Culture Commission, Sra. Rivera Ramirez, has informed the press that
the bill will be reported to the full House soon, despite opposition
by the homeschool community. What is not certain at this point is when
and what will actually be contained in the bill's language

To have any chance to defeat this bill, we will need an all-out effort
from every homeschooler in Puerto Rico to voice their opposition to
this step back from the freedom homeschoolers presently have in Puerto
Rico to teach their children at home.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Contact your Representative and four others (see the list below) by
telephone, informing them that you are a homeschoolers, and ask them
to oppose P.C. 2754 when the bill reaches the House of
Representatives. You will need to inform your Representative that P.C.
2754 will significantly reduce the freedom to homeschool. You may use
any or all of the following to explain your opposition:

> This bill is not needed because homeschoolers are operating as
"non-governmental entity" private schools thereby exercising the
fundamental right to direct the upbringing and education of our
children without undue governmental interference

> This bill is unwarranted governmental interference in that
homeschoolers would be required to disclose private information to the
government, which would be a fundamental violation of their right to
privacy. Parents that are not relying upon the state to provide
education for their children should not have to disclose private
information about them to the government.

> The government will have a right to evaluate each family's
homeschool program based upon a review of a portfolio without any
objective guidelines as to what constitutes an appropriate program.
This violates each family's fundamental right to due process and
fairness.

> Under current language in the proposed bill, each family would have
to pay $125 at the time they provide the notice of intent to
homeschool and all the private information. This clearly discriminates
against families who will not be able to afford the $125; therefore,
this bill would prohibit them from homeschooling, violating their
parental right to direct the education of their children.

> The constitutionality of this bill will be challenged in court
causing the waste of taxpayers' money through the government's defense
of an unconstitutional act of the legislature.

BACKGROUND:

1. P.C. 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, Social Security number and
other information regarding the education of their children to the
GEB.

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

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

4. 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.

Why a few homeschoolers are supporting the bill:

They insist that homeschoolers will be better off, that even though
we're giving up our freedoms, we will be able to participate in the
public school's extracurricular activities and special education
programs, if eligible. Also, if we want to terminate homeschooling,
our children will be able to be admitted in the local public school.
The fact is that homeschoolers are already receiving these benefits so
there is no need to give up freedom.

Doing so would be a mistake and would be the first situation since
HSLDA has been in existence where a state or territory has actually
lost ground as it relates to our freedoms. 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 in the battle to protect homeschool freedoms in Puerto Rico.

Very truly yours,

Michael Smith
HSLDA President


REPRESENTANTES POR DISTRITO:

Hon. Francisco Gonzalez Rodriguez
San Juan 01
787-721-4039
787-622-4486

Hon. Luis R. Torres Cruz
San Juan 02
787-723-1816
787-723-8424

Hon. Albita Rivera Ramirez
San Juan 03
787-722-2254
787-723-8489

Hon. Liza Fernandez Rodriguez
San Juan 04
787-723-3605
787-725-5595

Hon. Jorge Navarro Suarez
San Juan 05, Guaynabo 6
787-724-4464
787-724-5960

Hon. Angel A. Perez Otero
Guaynabo 7, Catano 8, Bayamon 9
787-723-6380
787-723-9816

Hon. Luis Perez Ortiz
Bayamon 10
787-724-6262
787-723--9754

Hon. Antonio Silva Delgado
Bayamon 11
787-721-3894
787-723-1920

Hon. Nelson E. Del Valle Colon
Bayamon 12, Toa Alta 13
787-725-7197
787-725-8189

Hon. Bernardo Marquez Garcia
Toa Baja 14
787-721-5007
787-723-5840

Hon. Jose Javier Garcia Caban
Dorado 15, Vega Alta 16, Vega Jaja 18
787-721-5722
787-721-5724

Hon. Hector A. Torres Calderon
Vega Baja 19, Vega Alta 17, Morovis 20, Manati 21
787-723-6250
787-725-2661

Hon. Gabriel Rodriguez Aguilo
Manati 22, Ciales 23, Florida 24, Barceloneta 25, Arecibo 26
787-723-0070
787-723-3772

Hon. Carlos Molina Rodriugez
Arecibo 27, Hatillo 28
787-723-2212
787-723-2161

Hon. Jose E. Concepcion Hernandez
Hatillo 29, Camuy 30, Quebradillas 31
787-722-4290

Hon. Sergio Ortiz Quinones
Isabela 32, San Sebstian 33, Las Marias 34
787-725-2771
787-725-2727

Hon. Jose L. Rivera Guerra
Aguadilla 35, Moca 36
787-723-8706
787-723-3120

Hon. Julio C. Roman Gonzalez
Moca 37, Aguada 38, Rincon 39, Anasco 40, Mayaguez 41
787-721-6040 ext 2271, 2025, 2053, 2015

Hon. Carlos M. Hernandez Lopez
Mayaguez 42, San German 43
787-724-7297
787-724-7298

Hon. Norman Ramirez Rivera
San German 44, Hormigueros 45, Cabo Rojo 46
787-724-0007
787-724-0313

Hon. Lydia Mendez Silva
Lajas 47, Guanica 48, Sabana Grande 49, Maricao 50, Yauco 51
787-722-0801

Hon. Javier A. Rivera Aquino
Lares 53, Utuado 54, Adjuntas 55, Jayuya 56
787-724-4676
787-724-0459

Hon. Rafael A. Garcia Colon
Yauco 52, Guayanilla 58, Penuelas 59, Ponce 60
787-725-3928

Hon. Roberto Cruz Rodriguez
Ponce 61
787-721-8740
787-622-2346

Hon. Ramon A. Reyes Oppenheimer
Ponce 62, Jayuya 57
787-721-7520
787-725-2698

Hon. Jose L. Jimenez Negron
Villalba 65, Orocovis 66, Juana Diaz 63
787-722-4044
787-725-1069

Hon. Carmen I. Gonzalez Gonzalez
Juana Diaz 64, Santa Isabel 67, Coamo 68, Aibonito 69, Barranquitas 70
787-622-4881
787-622-4883

Hon. Rafael Rivera Ortega
Barranquitas 71, Corozal 72, Naranjito 73, Comerio 74
787-977-2417
787-977-2418

Hon. Pedro I. Cintron Rodriguez
Comerio 75, Cidra 76, Cayey 77
787-725-5115

Hon. Jorge L. Ramos Pena
Salinas 78, Guayama 79, Arroyo 80
787-723-5973
787-725-2535

Hon. Sylivia Rodriguez Aponte
Aguas Buenas 81, Gurabo 84, Caguas 82
787-725-2508
787-723-8305

Hon. Jose M. Varela Fernandez
Caguas 83
787-722-2494
787-723-8175

Hon. Angel R. Pena Rosa
Gurabo 85, Juncos 88, Las Piedras 89, San Lorenzo 86
787-722-7780
787-725-1435

Hon. Cristobal Colon Ruiz
San Lorenzo 87, Patillas 91, Maunabo 92, Yabucoa 93
787-723-2910
787-725-9890

Hon. Joel Rosario Hernandez
Las Piedras 90, Jumacao 94, Naguabo 95
787-721-5018
787-722-0826

Hon. Carlos "Johnny" Mendez Nunez
Vieques 96, Culebras 97, Ceiba 98, Fajardo 99, Luquillo 100, Rio
Grande 101
787-721-4099
787-722-4096

Hon. Angel Bulerin Ramos
Rio Grande 102, Loiza 102, Canovanas 104
787-723-6035
787-722-0260

Hon. Pedro A. Rodriguez Gonzalez
Canovanas 105, Carolina 106, Trujillo Alto 109
787-723-4253
787-724-0209

Hon. Roberto Rivera ruiz de Porras
Trujillo alto 110, Carolina 107
787-622-4894
787-622-4895

Hon. Epifanio Jimenez Cruz
Carolina 108
787-724-2001
787-723-0109


REPRESENTANTES POR ACUMULACION:

Hon. Jose F. Aponte Hernandez
2do Piso, Capitolio
787-722-0458
787-722-0471

Hon. Iris M. Ruiz Class
2do Piso, Capitolio
787-722-1490
787-723-8025

Hon. Maria de Lourdes Ramos Rivera
1er Piso, Capitolio
787-725-4431
787-725-4737

Hon. Jenniffer A. Gonzalez Colon
1er Piso, Capitolio
787-721-8011
787-722-3539

Hon. Jose Chico Vega
Sotano, Capitolio
787-977-2456
787-977-2494

Hon. Rolando Crespo Arroyo
3er Piso, Capitolio
787-723-2625
787-725-9189

Hon. Hector Ferrer Rios
2do Piso, Anexo Ernesto Ramos Antonini
787-725-7859
787-723-5758

Hon. Jorge Colberg Toro
1er Piso, Anexo Ernesto Ramos Antonini
787-977-0273
787-977-0323

Hon. Ferdinand Perez Roman
1er Piso, Anexo Ernesto Ramos Antonini
787-622-4887
787-622-4888

Hon. Luis R. Vega Ramos
1er Piso, Anexo Ernesto Ramos Antonini
787-721-6040

Hon. Victor Garcia San Inocencio
2do Piso, Anexo Ernesto Ramos Antonini
787-725-4942
787-725-4969

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