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6/23/2008 11:11:33 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York--Special Education Bills Pass!

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June 23, 2008

New York--Special Education Bills Pass!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

On Thursday the Senate passed Assembly Bill 11463, the bill that will
allow homeschool students to receive special education services. While
the Senate was the first to sponsor legislation to restore services
for homeschool students, the Assembly passed a slightly different
version first, and the Senate then passed the Assembly bill.

While Assembly Bill 11463 has passed the legislature, the bill must
now be sent to Governor David Paterson for his signature for it to
become law. Once the bill is sent to the governor, he will have 30
days to sign it.

Please thank the leadership of both the Senate and the Assembly for
passing this bill. Your efforts were extremely important in moving
these bills forward.

REQUESTED ACTION

1) Please email the following members of the Senate and the Assembly
and give them this message in your own words:

"Thank you for acting quickly and passing Assembly Bill 11463. This
bill will allow homeschool students with disabilities to be eligible
for special education services as other nonpublic school students
are."

Assemblyman Michael Benedetto (Sponsor)
Email: benedem@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (Co-Sponsor)
Email: nolanc@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (Co-Sponsor)
Email: lupardod@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Steve Englebright (Co-Sponsor)
Email: engles@assembly.state.ny.us

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
Email: speaker@assembly.state.ny.us

Senator George Winner (Sponsor)
Email: winner@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Dale Volker (Co-Sponsor)
Email: volker@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Joseph Bruno- President pro tempore
Email: bruno@senate.state.ny.us

2) Please contact both your state senator and assemblyman and give
them this message in your own words:

"As a constituent, I want to thank you for voting in favor of Assembly
Bill 11463. This bill will allow homeschool students with disabilities
to be eligible for special education services as other nonpublic
school students are."

To get the name and contact information for your state senator or
assemblyman, please use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at:
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .

BACKGROUND

In January the New York State Education Department (NYSED) wrote a
letter to every school district in the state informing them that
special education services were not authorized to be provided to
homeschool students. Due to your grassroots efforts and those of many
dedicated parents and state organizations such as LEAH, legislation
was drafted by the New York Board of Regents and the NYSED to restore
services to those homeschool children who need special education
services.

Assembly Bill 11463 will now be prepared to be sent to the governor's
office for his signature. Once the governor receives the bill, he will
have 30 days to sign it. If the governor does not sign the bill, it
will not become law. At this time we have no reason to believe
Governor Paterson will not sign the bill, but we will keep you posted
if any further action is needed.

Thanks for all of your efforts for homeschooled special education
students!

Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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