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6/30/2008 4:42:30 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
District of Columbia--WRITTEN COMMENTS NEEDED

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June 30, 2008

District of Columbia--WRITTEN COMMENTS NEEDED
to Modify Burdensome Homeschool Regulations

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

In response to written comments from District homeschoolers, as well
as nearly 3,000 emails and phone calls from HSLDA members throughout
the country, the OSSE has somewhat modified its proposed homeschool
regulations. While the proposed modifications do clarify some
provisions, they do not properly balance parents' right to home
educate and the District's interest in knowing that children are being
educated.

Because of the new modifications, the OSSE has set up an additional
14-day comment period for feedback on the regulations. The D.C. State
Board of Education has also scheduled the regulations for a public
hearing and likely vote at the July 16 meeting--please plan to attend.

The OSSE has reported that D.C. residents submitted only 16 written
comments about the May 2 draft. This is simply too few in light of
the number of District homeschoolers. I am asking every homeschooler
past, present and future to take a few moments to write to the State
Superintendent and Board of Education and tell them that a workable
homeschool regulation in the District requires additional changes to
the current draft.

Specifically, you can tell them that AT A MINIMUM, a workable
homeschool regulation must:

> Include a statement recognizing the right of parents to determine
the best form of education for their children (this is important
because it will determine how the regulation is interpreted and
applied);

> Allow parents to use their own letter or form, not one created by
District bureaucrats;

> Allow District bureaucrats to review a portfolio only when they have
reason to believe that a program violating the regulation;

> Remove the requirement that a teaching parent must have a high
school diploma;

> Include clarification that the review by the Superior Court of the
District is "De Novo" (meaning a brand new review including a review
of the facts) and not merely a review of the discretion of the OSSE.

Please submit written comments to the OSSE and the State Board of
Education. The 14-day comment period ends July 14, 2008.

You can go to http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5261 to find
resources to help you. HSLDA's written comments will be posted by
the end of today at this website. Please forward this to anyone you
know who would be interested.


ACTION REQUESTED

Submit written comments to the OSSE and the SBOE. Comments to the
OSSE at this point should be emailed to Stephanie Thomas at
stephanie.thomas@dc.gov. It is also a good idea to send a copy to
your Board Member. See http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5261 for a
list of the board members and their contact information.

Plan to attend the public hearing on July 16.

To see the proposed rules and access more information about DC
homeschooling, visit our webpage at www.hslda.org/DC .

Thank you for your perseverance and work to preserve homeschooling
freedom in the District!

Sincerely,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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and foreign countries.

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