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9/2/2008 2:46:24 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Louisiana--Your Attendance Needed at Public Hearing!

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September 2, 2008

Louisiana--Your Attendance Needed at Public Hearing!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Lake Charles Fire and Police Civil Service Board will meet Friday,
September 5, 2008, to discuss the minimum education requirements
necessary to be hired. This meeting has the potential to affect
privately educated students, including homeschool students.

The civil service board will hear comments on whether to broaden the
current education requirements required for civil service applicants.
The current requirement is that an applicant must "have a high school
diploma or a valid certificate of equivalency issued by a state
department of education."

The proposed amendments allows applicants to demonstrate through one
of several ways that they have met the minimum high school graduation
requirements necessary to receive a high school diploma as established
by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The
amendment would allow one of the following: high school diploma, high
school transcript, certificate of equivalency, affidavit from the
issuing high school, college diploma or college transcript.

Your presence in support of this amendment will help future homeschool
students who apply for a civil service position. Instead of having to
get a GED, they should be able to provide their transcripts, diploma
and/or affidavit from their private homeschool. Please make plans to
be there!

ACTION SUGGESTED:

Please come to the Lake Charles Fire and Police Civil Service Board
public hearing at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, September 5. The public hearing
will be held in the City Council Chambers in the Lake Charles City
Hall at 326 Pujo Street.

If you want to speak you should be able to sign up at the meeting. We
suggest that you urge the board to approve the amendments. You can
identify yourself as a parent who privately educates your children,
and that alternative means of demonstrating the minimum high school
graduation requirements should be supported.


BACKGROUND:

Through the hard work of a local attorney, Robin Williams, the State
Civil Service Board revised the education requirement of the civil
service exam. This was then sent out to all of the local civil service
boards across the state for their approval.

CHEF of Louisiana and HSLDA are urging the support of these
amendments, as they should remove some hurdles that private school
students, and the occasional homeschool student, have faced when
applying for civil service positions.

We understand that of the five members of the Lake Charles Fire and
Police Civil Service Board, at least two of them have expressed
opposition to these changes. Your attendance at this public hearing
could have a big impact on whether this amendment is adopted or not.
Please plan on attending.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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