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1/11/2007 5:10:51 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA--Victory for Homeschoolers in France

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HSLDA--Victory for Homeschoolers in France

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Thank you so much for your calls and emails to the French Embassy. In
an incredible turnaround of events, the sponsor of the restrictive
amendments which would have outlawed homeschooling has withdrawn his
amendments.

We believe that the international outcry played a pivotal role in
helping secure this victory. The French Minister of the Family,
Philippe Bas, vocally opposed several articles of this huge bill
entitled "Protection de L'Enfance," which means for "Protection of the
Children." He specifically opposed the sections regulating and
essentially prohibiting homeschooling, saying in the French
parliament: "As they are, I am not favorable to these amendments
[numbers 127 and 128], I find them too restrictive. . . We must allow
parents who, for instance, have three young children, a mother who is
willing to take care of them and if they have decided to teach them to
read-write-count--if that is their choice of living--provided that we
can verify that the educational job is well done, then that freedom
must be preserved."

The homeschoolers in France are thankful that their right to teach
their own children will not be taken away. These amendments, if
passed, would have eliminated traditional homeschooling in France,
only allowing homeschooling if the family could prove that it was
necessary for their children to be taught at home due to a handicap or
health reason. This is no longer a concern since these amendments have
been withdrawn.

French homeschoolers can breathe safe once again. Their freedom
remains intact once again.

Thank you, once again, for your willingness to take a few minutes to
communicate your opposition to this draconian bill. We are thankful
for God's mercy in this situation and that freedom can continue in
France.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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