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3/30/2007 3:22:36 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas: Legislation Update

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Texas: Legislation Update

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

At this point, homeschool freedom in Texas remains intact. Home School
Legal Defense Association Legislative Counsel Tom Sanders has been
lobbying in Austin since the beginning of the session to make your
views known to the legislators.

We will give you a quick summary of the legislation which concerns
you.

COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE BILL:

Senator Judith Zaffirini's bill, Senate Bill 52, which would expand
the jurisdiction of the state over your children, remains in
committee. Thank you for your calls in opposition to this bill; we
expect it to die in committee.

HOMESCHOOL ACCESS TO EXAMS:

Representative Charlie Howard's bill, House Bill 1844, will open the
doors for homeschoolers to participate in Advanced Placement testing
and the PSAT examination through the public schools. Although this
bill has been heard in the House Public Education Committee, the
committee members have not voted on it yet. Mr. Sanders is working
with the sponsor's office to make sure the bill is amended to change
the word "home-school" to "private school in the home." This will
better guarantee that the term "home-school" will not be used to
separately define homeschools, and that homeschools will keep their
private school status.

RESCINDING GOVERNOR PERRY'S EXECUTIVE ORDER:

As you know, Governor Perry issued an executive order to mandate
immunization against the HPV virus. A bill to rescind this order,
House Bill 1844, has passed the House and is currently in the Senate
Health and Human Services. We will update you as things progress. For
background on this issue, go to
http://www.hslda.org/elert/archive/2007/02/20070215134816.asp.

Thank you for all your calls for the many issues affecting
homeschoolers in Texas.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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