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4/24/2007 3:46:09 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Nevada: Calls Needed Now to Senate for Homeschool Freedom Bill

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April 24, 2007

Nevada: Calls Needed Now to Senate for Homeschool Freedom Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

The Senate has to vote on S.B. 404. Calls are needed to make certain a
large majority of the Senate passes it. The more votes in favor in the
Senate, the more likely it will pass in the Assembly! The vote could
be taken at anytime.

S.B. 404 will eliminate much of the current regulation of
homeschoolers in Nevada.

Under this law, homeschoolers would simply have to file a notice once.
The official form would include only the full name, age, and gender of
the child; the name and address of the parent filing the notice; and a
statement signed by the parent affirming that he "assumes full
responsibility for the education of the child while the child is being
homeschooled."

In addition, there is an optional statement that the parent may sign
which expressly prohibits the release of any information included in
the notice of intent to anyone except the local school district.

The bill also prohibits discrimination in any manner against the child
who is or was homeschooled, and requires that homeschool children be
allowed to participate in the college entrance exams and the National
Merit Scholarship qualifying test.

One of the most unique and helpful parts of the bill is the statement
that "no regulation or policy of the state board or any school
district may infringe upon the right of parents to educate his child
based on religious preference, unless it is essential to further
compelling governmental interest and the least restrictive means to
further that governmental interest."

This extra protection of families who homeschool for religious reasons
will be very effective in securing the rights of these homeschooling
parents. No other state at this present time has such a clause added
to their homeschool law.

So keep your calls going into the senate.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please call your state senator now and give him or her this message:

"Please support S.B. 404 introduced by Senator Washington. This bill
will better protect parental rights and choice in the area of
education. It will also save taxpayers' money by reducing unnecessary
bureaucratic oversight over homeschoolers."

Do not call the seven members of the Committee who already voted in
favor of S.B. 404: Senators Washington, Barbara Cegavske, Dennis
Nolan, Joe Heck, Valerie Wiener, Steven Horsford, and Joyce Woodhouse.

You can find information on your state senator by using our
Legislative Toolbox at
http://capwiz.com/hslda/state/main/?state=NV&view=myofficials or by
visiting
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/74th/Legislators/Senators/slist.cfm which
lists each senator's district and contact information.

BACKGROUND:

Be ready to attend hearings for this bill in Carson City and Las Vegas
when it debated by the Assembly Education Committee. If there is
strong showing then S.B. 404 will likely pass and eventually become
law!

Thank you for taking a moment to help expand homeschool freedoms in
Nevada.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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