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3/12/2007 4:54:37 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Florida: Calls Needed to Oppose Potential Harm to Homeschool Freedom

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March 12, 2007

Florida: Calls Needed to Oppose Potential Harm to Homeschool Freedom

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

H.B. 799 will be heard before the House Education Innovation & Career
Preparation Committee tomorrow, Tuesday, March 13, at 9 a.m. Your
calls are needed to stop this waste of taxpayer money.

This bill would remove the requirement that to enroll in a public
school in the home (a virtual charter school), the student must have
attended a traditional public school the previous year.

Homeschool leaders and HSLDA are concerned about the virtual school
laws being passed around the country. Every time a public virtual
school program starts, private homeschoolers leave homeschooling to
join these programs.

Much freedom is lost as the homeschool movement slowly becomes
secularized. If your child is enrolled in one of these virtual
schools, the following occurs: (1) your child becomes a public school
student; (2) your homeschool must use a secular public school
curriculum; (3) you must be supervised by a certified teacher from the
public school; (4) your child must be tested with the state
assessment; and (5) your house is open to home visits by school
officials and possibly social workers.

These programs pose a danger, particularly because early statistics
show that 80% of those who first enroll in a virtual school were
previously homeschoolers.

If you share this concern, please call the House Education Innovation
& Career Preparation Committee.

REQUESTED ACTION

Please contact the members of the House Education Innovation & Career
Preparation Committee and give them this message:

"Please vote no on H.B. 799. I believe this is a waste of taxpayer
money. Virtual schools have been proven to be failures in Idaho. Don't
experiment with our kids."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

Chair Thad Altman, (850) 488-9720
Vice Chair John Legg, (850) 488-5522
Janet C. Long, (850) 488-6197
Kevin C. Ambler, (850) 488-0275
Frank Attkisson, (850) 488-8992
Marcelo Llorente, (850) 488-5047
Mitch Needelman, (850) 488-2528
Betty Reed, (850) 488-5432
Perry E. Thurston, (850) 488-1084


BACKGROUND
HSLDA recommends against enrolling your children in this program for
the following reasons:

1. If you enroll in this program, you will no longer be considered a
homeschooler, and will not be eligible for membership in the Home
School Legal Defense Association. Our goal at HSLDA is to protect the
right of parents to privately homeschool free from government controls
and restrictions. Virtual charter schools are tax-funded, government
programs with legitimate government controls and limitations.

2. HSLDA is opposed to public schools in the home (virtual charter
schools) because parents who enroll in such programs waive the rights
that many people in the state have fought hard to preserve. The
government does not offer "free goodies" without obligation.
Virtual charter school enrollment is not the free, private
homeschooling that has been so successful for many years. It is simply
an attempt by the government to create small public schools in our
homes.

Additional Resources on Charter Schools

For more information virtual charter school, please read the articles
at http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/C/CharterSchools.asp

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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