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1/10/2008 11:57:08 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Connecticut--Announcing TEACH Capitol Day!

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January 10, 2008

Connecticut--Announcing TEACH Capitol Day!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers (TEACH) invites
all home-educating families to Homeschool Pride and Lobby Day in
Hartford on Wednesday, February 6, 2008. Since the 2008 session of the
Connecticut General Assembly convenes on February 6, every senator and
representative will be in their offices as they prepare for the new
session. Representative Art O'Neill, a consistent friend of
homeschooling, has reserved the corridor that runs between the
Legislative Office Building and the Capitol so that homeschoolers can
display examples of homeschooling projects, posters, or other exhibits
as legislators make their way from their offices in the LOB to the
Capitol.

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 17 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. Plan ahead and make an
appointment with your legislators.

In addition to protecting your freedom, the Homeschool Pride and Lobby
Day provides a great opportunity to your children for a field trip to
learn about state government and how laws are made in Connecticut.
Representative O'Neill's office is willing to arrange tours for anyone
interested in viewing the historic Connecticut Capitol building.
Please contact his office at (800) 842-1423 prior to February 6 to
make arrangements.

Below are MORE reasons to attend the Homeschool Pride and Lobby 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.

If you plan on setting up a display in the LOB corridor, please arrive
by 8:00 a.m. and have your display set up by 8:30 a.m.

For answers to any questions or for more information, please email
TEACH at teachct@teachct.org.

Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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-> Can you call your attorney at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning?

Our members can get in touch with their attorney even after
business hours, when they have a legal emergency. Wouldn't you
like this level of service?

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1100

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