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3/8/2008 10:45:03 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
District of Columbia--Contact Board Members and Ask for More Time

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March 4, 2008

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Thank you to all who came to the State board meeting to discuss the
homeschooling regulations proposed by the Office of the State
Superintendant ("OSSE"). As Board Member Ted Trabue noted, this was
the largest turn out for a hearing in his memory at the State Board.
Your presence sent a clear message to educational authorities in the
District that the proposed regulations were unacceptable.

The board is currently debating the time frame for voting on proposed
regulations. Once the Board votes the regulations will go into effect
within thirty days. A vote could happen as early March 19th, the next
date for a voting meeting of the Board. This is not enough time for a
task force to organize and work on the regulations so we need you to
ask board members to postpone that vote until April 16th so that the
task force can organize and work on the regulations.

Some DC homeschoolers have indicated that they want to develop a more
cohesive group to be able to respond to government action. Please
mark your calendars for a pre-organizational meeting at a location to
be determined for March 18th at 7:00 PM. Ethan Reedy has offered to
moderate this initial pre-organizational meeting and I will also be in
attendance to provide support, encouragement and up to date
information on the status of the regulations.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please Contact each and every Board Members listed below by email
and ask them to allow the OSSE and Homeschool task force more time to
work on the proposed regulations. Explain that 2 weeks is not enough
time for the task force to organize and work together.

2. Plan to attend the March 18th pre-organizational meeting for DC
Homeschoolers. I will contact you again as soon as a location is
secured.

By the way, if you have access to a central facility that could
accommodate this meeting please let me know by calling HSLDA at
540-338-5600.

3. Plan to attend the March 19th or April 16th public hearing where
the Board will vote on the proposed regulations. At this hearing
there will be an opportunity to speak to the board publicly (albeit
briefly) about the new draft of regulations. This could be our last
opportunity to voice concern and we need as many people available to
attend if the regulations are not drafted in a way the respects
homeschoolers liberty.

We will notify you of the D.C. Board's decision regarding whether or
not they will delay the process for drafting regulations so you know
which date to attend the hearing.

State board Members contact information

Robert Bobb, Elected Board Member
Email: Robert.Bobb@dc.gov

William Lockridge, Elected Board Member
District 4 Member (Wards 7 & 8)
Email: William.Lockridge@dc.gov

Lisa Raymond, Elected Board Member
District 3 Member (Wards 5 & 6)
Email: Lisa.Raymond@dc.gov

Laura Slover, Appointed Board Member
Email: Laura.Slover@dc.gov

Ted Trabue, Appointed Board Member
Email: Ted.Trabue@dc.gov

Sekou Biddle, Elected Board Member
District 2 (Wards 3 & 4)
Sekou.biddle@dc.gov

Mary Lord, Elected Board Member
District 1 (Wards 1 & 2)
Mary.lord@dc.gov


To see the proposed rules and access more information about DC
homeschooling, visit our web page at http://www.hslda.org/DC

Thank you for your commitment to homeschooling freedom in the
District. It is a privilege to serve you and your family!

Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney


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