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1/19/2007 11:41:01 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
North Dakota--Announcing Citizens Night!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

January 19, 2007

North Dakota--Announcing Citizens Night!

The North Dakota Home School Association (NDHSA) invites all
home-educating families to Citizens Night at the Capitol in Bismarck
on Tuesday, January 23, 2007. Citizens Night will be an opportunity
for citizens from across the state to meet with their legislators and
express their views about legislation of importance to them.

We at HSLDA believe it is very important for as many homeschool
families as possible to attend this event. State legislators need to
know your thoughts related to bills under development. For example,
sharing your thoughts about Senate Bill 2184 which would extend the
number of school days and compulsory attendance to age 18 could be
influential in shaping education laws in North Dakota.

In my 16 years at HSLDA I have seen how effective capitol lobby days
are in preventing bad legislation. A face-to-face meeting between a
legislator and a homeschooling family gives the legislator the
opportunity to see firsthand the positive benefits of homeschooling.
Informed homeschooling constituents who meet with and demonstrate
interest in their legislator's activities provide that legislator with
reasons to vote in favor of maintaining homeschool freedom. If a
legislator never meets a homeschooler, he may have no reason to
support parental freedom to homeschool and may vote against
homeschooling if presented with the issue.

In addition to protecting your freedom, the Citizens Night provides a
great opportunity to your children for a field trip to learn about
state government and how laws are made in North Dakota. Dress in
business dress, instruct children in good behavior and introduce
yourselves to your legislative team.

The evening's schedule is as follows:
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Tours
7:00 - 7:45 p.m. - Committee Hearings
7:45 - 8:30 p.m. - Floor Sessions

Plan ahead and make an appointment with your legislators. Take
advantage of this opportunity. Don't miss this year's great event!

Below are MORE reasons to attend the North Dakota Citizen's Night:
> Dispel any negative myths of the homeschool movement.
> Give legislators an understanding of the large numbers of
homeschoolers within the state.
> Spend one-on-one time with your legislator.
> Show legislators that the homeschool movement is alive and well and
interested in the legislative process.
> Provide your legislator with literature about homeschooling.

Whether you can attend this event or not, please communicate with your
legislators and other legislators involved in issues of concern to
home educators this legislative session. Your voice and participation
is very, very important. Without your timely action this legislative
session, home educators could easily find themselves with additional
burdens or constraints written into law. Likewise, with your
involvement, some important improvements could be seen in the home
school law!


Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

-> Is customer service an art or a science?

For us, good customer service is both an art and a science
-it should appeal to our members and be effective. Consider what
our members say about us:

The freedom HSLDA allows me to have as I homeschool is wonderful!
They handle the law and I get to dedicate the time to my daughter.
- National City, CA

HSLDA members since 1993, our membership is just as important to
us as our children's curriculum. Thank you HSLDA for all you do on
our behalf! - West Valley, NY

More reasons to join HSLDA...

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