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7/30/2008 4:18:36 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Ohio: New Information on -08 Schools

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July 30, 2008

Ohio: New Information on -08 Schools and
Homeschool Regulations Comment Deadline Approaching

Dear HSLDA Members:

As a result of changes at the Ohio Department of Education, Nina Pace
has taken over the responsibility of handling non-public school
options which encompasses homeschooling and -08 schools.

As a result of this change, members who form private schools for truly
held religious beliefs under OAC 3301-35-08 should check the HSLDA
website for updates to forms and memorandum with a new address for -08
school administrators to file the required report to parents. The
memo and forms can be found on our members site at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5373

Also, as a reminder, public comments regarding the Ohio Homeschool
regulation are due August 8. If you haven't yet, we are asking you to
take a moment to write a comment telling the ODE that the current
regulations have served Ohio well and do not require any modification.
In writing your comment you may wish to personalize your input by
sharing what home education has meant to you and your family. You may
also wish to inform the ODE that the current regulation establishes an
appropriate balance between the state's interest in education and
parents' rights to direct their children's education. We want to make
sure that the ODE receives thousands and thousands of comments
indicating that there is no need nor desire for change in the
homeschool regulations.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Go to http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5316 and register your
comments about the ODE's intent to change O.A.C. 3301-34. The deadline
to comment is August 8.

2. Forward this message to others. Anyone who is a "stakeholder" may
register comments. This means that if you homeschool in Ohio, have
previously homeschooled in Ohio, are considering homeschooling in
Ohio, or have a family member or friend who is homeschooling in Ohio,
you may comment to the ODE.

HSLDA is privileged to be able to serve its members and resolve issues
specific to their families and school districts. Your membership
allows us to advocate for homeschooling freedom in Ohio, with our
federal government, and all over the world. We thank you for your
attention to these important matters of freedom and for your ongoing
support.

Sincerely,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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