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1/18/2008 11:00:23 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Washington--Announcing the Homeschool Capitol Day!

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January 18, 2008

Washington--Announcing the Homeschool Capitol Day!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Washington State Legislature's 2008 session has commenced, and we
are expecting a lively legislative session. Home School Legal Defense
Association will be tracking any legislative bills that affect your
right as parents to homeschool or those bill affecting parental rights
in general along with help from several Washington homeschool
organizations.

We will do our best to keep you up-to-date by informing you of new
bills, and posting the latest updates on old bills on our website.
When action should be taken on a particular bill, we will notify our
member families and friends. Please feel free to forward these emails
to any families that you know who are not on our mailing list and
would like to take action.

To kick off this legislative season, Christian Homeschool Network
invites all home-educating families to the Fifth annual Homeschool Day
at the Capitol event. This event will be held on Wednesday, February
6, 2008 in Olympia, Washington, and will give homeschool families the
opportunity to hear important speakers, visit your legislators, and
observe the legislature at work and to tour the capitol.

We at HSLDA believe it is very important for as many homeschool
families as possible to attend this event. 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 Washington.

In my time here 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 upcoming Homeschool Day at
the Capitol event will provide a great opportunity to your children
for a field trip to learn about state government and how laws are made
in Washington. Tours will also be arranged for anyone interested in
viewing the historic Washington Capitol building. It will also allow
homeschool families to find out what tough issues homeschooling will
face in this next session as well as the positive strides that will be
made in preserving and advancing homeschool freedoms in Washington.

Below are several reasons why you should plan to attend the upcoming
Homeschool Day at the Capitol:

1. Dispel any negative myths of the homeschool movement.
2. Give legislators an understanding of the large numbers of
homeschoolers within the state.
3. Spend one-on-one time with your legislator.
4. Show legislators that the homeschool movement is alive and well
and interested in the legislative process.
5. Provide your legislator with literature about homeschooling.

Pre-registration for this event is now open. For answers to any
questions or for more information, please email Christian Homeschool
Network at chnow@msn.com, or visit their website at
http://www.chnow.org.

Let your voice be heard! Attend the Fifth annual Homeschool Day at the
Capitol event.

Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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-> How long are you in for?

Some families are facing what seems like a lifelong commitment to
homeschooling, with children at both ends of the spectrum -- some
graduating and some just reaching school age. If you're going to
be "in" for a while, consider a lifetime membership with HSLDA.
It's a good deal for families with more than 10 years of
homeschooling ahead.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1936

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