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1/5/2007 5:02:11 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Missouri--Action Needed to Oppose Proposed Homeschool Regulation

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January 5, 2007

Missouri--Action Needed to Oppose Proposed Homeschool Regulation

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

While no bill has been formally introduced, an HSLDA member heard a
radio interview of Missouri State Representative Gayle Kingery on
local station KWOC 930 AM three weeks ago. Representative Kingery (R)
is a former truant officer and public school teacher and serves on the
Education Appropriations Committee.

According to our member, Representative Kingery stated that he was in
the process of writing or "thinking about writing" a bill that would
"Increase accountability, require monthly reports, require teacher
certification, [and] have all curriculum approved by the school board"
for homeschoolers in Missouri.

Representative Kingery participated in the same program today and had
this to say: "Homeschooling kids are our kids too, and we want to make
sure they are getting the best education possible."

Children belong to their parents, not the state. And homeschoolers in
Missouri do an outstanding job of providing quality education to their
children. If you live in Representative Kingery's district, please
call or email him and inform him that homeschoolers in Missouri do not
need any more regulation.

HSLDA's own Scott Woodruff will be appearing on KWOC 930 AM on Monday,
January 8 to discuss homeschooling in Missouri. You won't want to
miss this interview at 8:35 CST.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) If you live in Representative Kingery's district, please contact
him at Gayle.Kingery@house.mo.gov or 573-751-4039 to tell him what you
think about the need for more regulation of homeschoolers in the state
of Missouri. To find out if you live in his district, use our
legislative toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .

2) Please listen to and call into KWOC 930 AM's radio program on
Monday.

3) Please share this opinion with friends, neighbors, and fellow
homeschoolers.

Please convey the following message in your own words:

"I oppose additional regulation of homeschoolers in Missouri.
Homeschoolers in Missouri have demonstrated that they provide an
excellent education. Average homeschooled students outperform private
and public school students by 15-20 percentage points on standardized
tests, are accepted and sought out by colleges and universities,
actually perform better in colleges and universities on average than
their public school counterparts, and are more civic-minded than
students from public and private schools. Homeschooling in Missouri
is fine and does not need any attention from the government."

If you are not yet a member of HSLDA and would like to help us fight
for greater homeschool freedom in Missouri, please visit
http://www.hslda.org/join/apply.asp .

Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in Missouri.

Sincerely,


Scott W. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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