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2/29/2008 12:11:23 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Tennessee: More Calls Needed to Stop Testing Bill

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February 29, 2008

Tennessee: More Calls Needed to Stop Testing Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Thanks so much for contacting members of the Tennessee House Education
Committee about House Bill 2795, the horrendous testing bill. An
assistant for Representative John Mark Windle, the chairman of the
Special Initiatives Subcommittee, reported that his office received
over 4,000 calls opposing the bill. This is a tremendous response by
the homeschoolers of Tennessee to this threat to your freedoms!

However, the bill is still alive, and we need your calls immediately
to make certain that it dies in committee.

At the bill's hearing on Wednesday, Representative Tommie Brown moved
that the bill be considered by the subcommittee. Representative Joe
Towns, Jr. seconded this motion. Representative G.A. Hardaway, the
bill's sponsor, spoke in favor of the bill. In the end, the
subcommittee scheduled another hearing on the bill for Wednesday,
March 19, 2008. So, because of the action of these three legislators,
this bill is still alive.

At this time we are requesting that you continue to contact only
Representatives Hardaway, Brown, and Towns to express your opposition
to House Bill 2795. They appear to be the only legislators present at
the hearing who are supportive of this legislation, but they have been
able to keep it alive. They need to hear from you some more!

Action Requested:

(1) Please call or write (both would be better) Representatives
Hardaway, Brown, and Towns with this message:

"Please oppose House Bill 2795, which would impose public school
testing on non-public school students. This bill would effectively
destroy non-public education in Tennessee by requiring private
schools, church-related schools, and homeschools to adopt the public
school curriculum for their instruction programs."

The contact information for these Representatives is set forth below.


Representative G. A. Hardaway
(615) 741 5625
rep.ga.hardaway@legislature.state.tn.us

Representative Tommie Brown
(615) 741-4374
rep.tommie.brown@legislature.state.tn.us

Representative Joe Towns, Jr.
(615) 741-2189
rep.joe.towns@legislature.state.tn.us

(2) Please forward this email to other homeschooling families who are
not members of HSLDA and ask them to contact Representatives Hardaway,
Brown, and Towns as well.

To view a copy of the bill, go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4803 .


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

Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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