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1/25/2008 3:55:12 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Mississippi - Calls Needed to Stop Testing Bill

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

January 25, 2008

Mississippi - Calls Needed to Stop Testing Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

We need your help now! Mississippi homeschoolers are facing the most
serious threat to their freedom since the homeschool law was enacted
25 years ago.

Senate Bill 2271 would authorize the Mississippi State Board of
Education to "establish student testing proficiency standards for
promotion to grade levels for students in home instruction programs
which are equivalent to requirements applicable to public school
students." Your calls to state senators are needed to stop this
dangerous legislation!

If Senate Bill 2271 passes, it would essentially mean the end of
homeschooling in Mississippi. Parents deciding to teach their children
at home would have to conform their curriculum to the material taught
in public school in order for their children to be able to pass the
state tests. The Mississippi Department of Education, not parents,
would determine the grade level at which a student was taught in a
home instruction program.

Sponsored by Senator Sampson Jackson, II (32nd Senate District), this
horrendous bill is now in the Senate Education Committee. Senator
Jackson and members of the Senate Education Committee need to hear
from you today!

Action Requested:

(1) Please call or write (both would be better) Senator Sampson
Jackson and at least one member of the Senate Education Committee with
this message:

"Please oppose Senate Bill 2271, which would impose public school
testing on homeschool students. This bill would effectively destroy
homeschooling in Mississippi by requiring parents to adopt the public
school curriculum for their home instruction programs."

The contact information for Senator Jackson and members of the Senate
Education Committee is as follows:

Sen. Sampson Jackson, II, 32nd Senate District - (D)

Sen. Videt Carmichael, Chairman, 33rd Senate District - (R)

Sen. Gray Tollison, Vice-Chairman, 9th Senate District - (D)

Sen. Hob Bryan, 7th Senate District - (D)

Sen. Terry C. Burton, 31st Senate District - (R)

Sen. Doug E. Davis, 1st Senate District - (R)

Sen. Merle Flowers, 19th Senate District - (R)

Sen. Alice Harden, 28th Senate District - (D)

Sen. David Jordan, 24th Senate District - (D)

Sen. Tom King, 44th Senate District - (R)

Sen. Chris McDaniel, 42nd Senate District (R)

Sen. Bennie L. Turner, 16th Senate District - (D)

Sen. Michael Watson, 51st Senate District - (R)

Sen. J. P. Wilemon, Jr., 5th Senate District - (D)

Sen. Lee Yancey, 20th Senate District - (R)
(601) 359-3770

Unless otherwise noted, all senators may be reached via telephone by
calling the Senate switchboard at (601) 359-3770.

To find the name and contact information for your state senator, use
HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at

(2) Please forward this email to other homeschooling families who are
not members of HSLDA and ask them to contact Senator Jackson and a
member of the Senate Education Committee as well.

To view a copy of the bill text, go to

If you have any questions or concerns about what this bill would do,
please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.


Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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