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3/24/2008 4:05:58 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Connecticut: Calls Needed to Oppose Proposed Homeschool Statute

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March 24, 2008

Connecticut: Calls Needed to Oppose Proposed Homeschool Statute

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls are needed to protect the present level of freedom to
homeschool enjoyed in Connecticut. Senate Bill 162, as approved by the
Committee on Education, would amend state law to compel parents to
notify their local public school district of their intent to
homeschool their children by certified mail, return receipt requested.
Connecticut presently has no homeschool statute. Most parents conduct
home instruction by complying with voluntary guidelines established by
the State Board of Education.

Action Requested:

1. Please call and write (both would be better) your state senator
with this message:

"Please oppose Senate Bill 162 as approved by the Committee on
Education. This bill unnecessarily imposes state regulation on
families providing a home education program for their children. Please
vote to return the bill to the language as it was introduced to the
Committee."

To find the name and contact information for you senator, please use
HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4930

2. Please forward this email to other homeschooling families who are
not members of HSLDA and ask them to contact their state senator with
this message as well.

Background:
Prior to its amendment by the Committee on Education last week, the
proposed bill would only have required parents withdrawing their
children from public school to notify the local public school district
of their intent to educate their children in accordance with
Connecticut law. If enacted, Senate Bill 162 would require all parents
who choose to homeschool their children to comply with statutory
notification procedures, regardless of whether they have previously
been enrolled in the public school.

Once passed by the Committee on Education, the bill was filed with the
Legislative Commissioner's Office where its official language will be
drafted and it will be reviewed to ensure accuracy and harmony with
current law. From there, it will be sent to the full Senate for a
vote.

Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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