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4/4/2008 9:16:21 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
District of Columbia--Committee Appointed to Draft New Homeschool Regulations

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April 4, 2008

District of Columbia--Committee Appointed to
Draft New Proposed Homeschool Regulations

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Thank you again to all who participated in last month's public hearing
on the District of Columbia's proposed home education regulations.
Because of your continued involvement, a task force of D.C.
homeschoolers, HSLDA Staff Attorney Mike Donnelly, and representatives
from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) are
working toward new proposed homeschool regulations. (We expect that
this means that the OSSE's original draft will not be used!)

At the conclusion of the most recent task force meeting on March 31, a
subcommittee was appointed to draft a new set of regulations, which
will be presented to the task force, and once approved, will be
submitted to the Board of Education. It is our understanding that the
Board will hold another meeting to vote on the regulations no earlier
than mid-May.

The draft regulations will likely include some type of annual
notification with very basic information, an agreement to provide
"sufficient" instruction (no minimum days or hours), and an agreement
to teach subjects "commonly taught to children of the same age." The
OSSE will not insist on a home visit provision, but is still
advocating instituting minimum teacher qualifications (a high school
diploma or equivalent) and annual assessment.

At this time, no action is needed, but if you would like to be
involved, you can

1. Contact the Board of Education to thank them for supporting the
task force with more time to work on the regulations;
2. Support the new D.C. Home Educators Association (www.dchea.org);
and
3. Continue to support and work with HSLDA.

If you have any questions regarding this drafting process, please do
not hesitate to contact our office at legaldc@hslda.org .

Thank you for your support of homeschooling freedom in the District of
Columbia!

Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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