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9/18/2008 12:06:20 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Louisiana--Civil Service Public Hearing Rescheduled

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

September 18, 2008

Louisiana--Civil Service Public Hearing Rescheduled

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The Lake Charles Fire and Police Civil Service Board has rescheduled
the public hearing to Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 8:30 a.m. This
public hearing will discuss the minimum education requirements
necessary to be hired for a civil service position with the police or
fire departments. This meeting has the potential to affect privately
educated students, including homeschool students.

As we mentioned in an earlier email, the civil service board will be
hearing 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

The proposed amendments would provide applicants several ways to
demonstrate that they have met the minimum high school graduation
requirements necessary to receive a high school diploma as established
by the state of 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 program. Please make
plans to be there!


Please come to the Lake Charles Fire and Police Civil Service Board
public hearing at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 24. The public
hearing will be held in the City Council Chambers in the Lake Charles
City Hall on 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.


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 LA 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!


Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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