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3/24/2008 12:10:45 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Tennessee: Testing Bill Dies!

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March 24, 2008

Tennessee: Testing Bill Dies!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

We have excellent news to report! House Bill 2795, the non-public
school testing bill affecting homeschoolers, died last Wednesday in
the Special Initiatives Subcommittee of the House Education Committee.

House Bill 2795 would have subjected non-public school students,
including homeschool students, to additional state testing. It would
have required them to take subject matter tests based upon
state-approved textbooks. It would also have required them to pass the
Tennessee comprehensive assessment program tests before receiving a
high school diploma. These new testing requirements would have applied
to students being taught at home through extension or satellite
programs of church-related schools.

Families of homeschool and non-public school students placed an
overwhelming number of phone calls and sent emails to key legislators
on the Special Initiatives Subcommittee and the bill's sponsor,
Representative G. A. Hardaway, voicing their opposition to the bill.
Despite a last-minute effort by Representative Hardaway to amend the
bill to require gathering of information from non-public schools by
the Tennessee Department of Education, the subcommittee voted against
permitting the proposed amendment and then voted to kill the bill.
Thanks to your vigilance and outspoken opposition to this bill, the
freedom of parents to educate their own children is no longer
threatened by this legislation.

It was a distinct pleasure for me to testify in Nashville against this
measure and in support of parental freedom in Tennessee. Special
thanks to leaders in the Tennessee Home Education Association for
their untiring efforts on behalf of the homeschool and non-public
school community to defeat this dangerous legislation.

Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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