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2/4/2008 4:02:02 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Vermont--S.B. 348 Would Increase Government Control over Homeschoolers!

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February 4, 2008

Vermont--Senate Bill 348 as Drafted Would
Increase Government Control over Homeschoolers!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Senate Bill 348 was introduced in mid-January, and as currently
drafted, it effectively increases the compulsory school attendance age
from 16 to 18, thus giving school districts jurisdiction over 16- and
17-year-old homeschoolers.

The bill's proponents claim they do not intend for the bill to affect
homeschoolers. However, as drafted, Senate Bill 348 applies to all
Vermont children ages 16-18. It requires that they "be enrolled in
and attend a public or approved independent secondary school or
workforce training program approved by the state board."

Senate Bill 348 changes 16 V.S.A. sec.1122, which requires that
children already enrolled in public school after the age of 16 attend
school or they and their parents and teachers are subject to truancy
prosecution.

I have been in communication with Senator Donald Collins, Chairman of
the Senate Education Committee, and he has indicated that he supports
homeschoolers. He also believes that the bill will need to amended.
He has indicated his willingness to hear from homeschool
representatives, including Retta Dunlap of VHEN, (Vermont Home
Educators Network) who will be meeting with the committee this week to
discuss needed changes.

HSLDA will continue to monitor this legislation and notify you if
there is a need for action.

Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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