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5/5/2008 10:28:40 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Tennessee: Calls Needed on Diploma Bill

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May 5, 2008

Tennessee: Calls Needed on Diploma Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

We need your help now! Tennessee homeschoolers are facing both a
tremendous opportunity and a potentially devastating threat by
legislation being considered this afternoon by the House Education
Committee in Nashville.

Our friend, Representative Mike Bell, has proposed an amendment to
House Bill 1652 which would require the state to recognize high school
diplomas issued by homeschools and church-related schools. This
amendment was necessitated by the current policy of the Tennessee
Department of Education that diplomas from church-related schools are
worthless and are insufficient for employment and admission to schools
beyond high school. This is an opportunity to remedy an injustice and
discrimination against the thousands of students being taught by their
parents through church-related schools.

In reaction to Representative Bell's amendment, the Department of
Education has proposed its own amendment which would prevent the vast
majority of parents from even teaching their high school level
children. This amendment would require that all parents conducting a
homeschool and all teachers in church-related schools (Category IV
Schools) have a bachelor's degree in order to teach students in grades
9-12. This is a threat to your basic freedoms which must be stopped
today!

Today at 3:00 p.m., the House Education Committee will hear House Bill
1652 and consider these amendments. Please take time right now to
contact members of the Committee and express your support for
Representative Bell's amendment and your opposition to the Department
of Education's amendment.

ACTION REQUESTED:

(1) Please call or email (both would be better) at least one member of
the House Education Committee with this message:

"Please support Representative Mike Bell's amendment to House Bill
1652 which would eliminate discrimination against graduates of
church-related schools in Tennessee. Please oppose the amendment
offered by the Department of Education which would require all
homeschooling parents and teachers in church-related schools to have a
baccalaureate degree in order to teach grades 9-12."

The contact information for members of the House Education Committee
is set forth below.

If your last name begins with A-I, please call the following members:

Chair Les Winningham
(615) 741-6852
rep.leslie.winningham@legislature.state.tn.us

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

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

Harry Brooks
(615) 741-6879
rep.harry.brooks@legislature.state.tn.us

Jim Coley
(615) 741-8201
rep.jim.coley@legislature.state.tn.us

Barbara Cooper
(615) 741-4295
rep.barbara.cooper@legislature.state.tn.us

If your last name begins with letters J-R, please call these members:

Dolores Gresham
(615) 741-6890
rep.dolores.gresham@legislature.state.tn.us

Beth Harwell
(615) 741-0709
rep.beth.harwell@legislature.state.tn.us

John Hood
(615) 741-7849
rep.john.hood@legislature.state.tn.us

Phillip Johnson
(615) 741-7477
rep.phillip.johnson@legislature.state.tn.us

Ulysses Jones, Jr.
(615) 741-4575
rep.ulysses.jones@legislature.state.tn.us

Ron Lollar
(615) 741-7084
rep.ron.lollar@legislature.state.tn.us

If your last name begins with letters S-Z, please call these members:

Mark Maddox
(615) 741-7847
rep.mark.maddox@legislature.state.tn.us

Michael McDonald
(615) 741-1980
rep.michael.mcdonald@legislature.state.tn.us

Gerald McCormick
(615) 741-2548
rep.gerald.mccormick@legislature.state.tn.us

Richard Montgomery
(615) 741-5981
rep.richard.montgomery@legislature.state.tn.us

Larry Turner
(615) 741-6954
rep.larry.turner@legislature.state.tn.us

John Mark Windle
(615) 741-1260
rep.john.windle@legislature.state.tn.us

To find the name and contact information for your state
representative, use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at
http://capwiz.com/hslda/dbq/officials .

(2) Please forward this email to other homeschooling families who are
not members of HSLDA and ask them to contact a member of the House
Education Committee as well.

If you have any questions or concerns about that 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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