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6/15/2007 11:37:47 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Louisiana--Update on TOPS Bill

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June 15, 2007

Louisiana--Update on TOPS Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Thank you for all of your calls. The TOPS bill, House Bill 634,
unanimously passed the House late yesterday. At this time no more
calls are needed.

The bill will now be sent to the Senate and we will update you when
any action is required.

Under this bill home study students would only have to score 1 point
higher than public school graduates on the ACT in order to be eligible
for the various Louisiana TOPS awards.

Currently a student who has completed an approved home study program
and was enrolled in the program no later than the end of the 10th
grade is eligible for any of the various TOPS financial aid awards if
he or she scored 2 points higher than the score required for public
school students. However, the current law also has a sunset provision
which would cause the law to roll back to the earlier requirement that
a home study student score 3 points higher.

House Bill 634 will make this change permanent and make it possible
for homeschool students to be eligible for TOPS aid if they score at
least 1 point higher than the total required for public school
students. While the bill would not completely remove the requirement
the homeschool students score higher to be eligible for the same
awards, this bill moves the TOPS eligibility requirements in the right
direction.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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