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1/22/2007 1:50:50 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Connecticut--Announcing TEACH Capitol Day!

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January 22, 2007

Connecticut--Announcing TEACH Capitol Day!

The Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers (TEACH) invites
all home-educating families to its first ever Capitol Day at the
Capitol in Hartford on Wednesday, February 7, 2007. Capitol Day will
be an opportunity for homeschooling families 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. You might remember the 2002
session of the General Assembly during which a bill was introduced
that would have significantly restricted homeschool freedom in
Connecticut. Fortunately, hundreds of homeschoolers rallied at the
Capitol and were able to convince legislators to withdraw the bill.
Unless homeschoolers make a concerted effort to influence their
legislators, our voices will not be heard and it will be difficult to
maintain the homeschool freedom currently enjoyed in Connecticut.

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 Capitol Day provides a
great opportunity to your children for a field trip to learn about
state government and how laws are made in Connecticut.

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 TEACH Capitol Day:
> 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.

The event is free, but TEACH would appreciate an RSVP as soon as
possible. To RSVP for this event and for more information go to the
TEACH website at http://www.teachct.org/. You may also e-mail
paulmartinct@gmail.com with any questions you may have regarding this
event.

RSVP today!

Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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