From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


10/2/2008 3:59:06 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Delaware--Free Driver Education Threatened

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

October 2, 2008

Delaware--Free Driver Education Threatened

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Delaware Secretary of Education has proposed an amendment to the
current administrative regulations which would strip homeschoolers of
the right to free driver education. We urge you to write the
Department of Education today and express your opposition to this
proposal, as the deadline for submitting comments is this coming
Monday, October 6.

14 Delaware Administrative Code, Part 540 Driver Education is the
target of the proposed amendment. It now provides for free driver
education for homeschool students during the summer months, but all of
this will change if the State Board of Education approves the proposed
amendment. Homeschoolers will have to pay tuition for driver
education (reported to be $362), while public school students will
continue to receive free instruction.

Your comments must be presented in writing. Calls will not be
considered, and it is unlikely that any emails will be considered.
That's why it's so important that you take time to write and mail a
letter today. Time is short!


1. Please write the comments recipient at the Delaware Department of
Education as follows:

Ms. Susan Haberstroh
Education Associate
Regulation Review
Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal St., Ste. 2
Dover, DE 19901

Suggested message: "I oppose the proposed amendment to 14 Delaware
Administrative Code, Part 540 Driver Education. This amendment would
deny nonpublic school students the right to receive free driver
education the same as public school students. I urge the State Board
of Education to disapprove the change to current law proposed by the
Secretary of Education."

2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to write a letter opposing the proposed


The statutory law enacted by the Delaware General Assembly provides
that all students residing within a school district are entitled to
free driver education during the summer months. Current regulations
of the State Board of Education appropriately implement this provision
of state law by stating that students attending private and parochial
academies and homeschool students "are entitled to attend summer
driver education without charge." However, the proposed amendment
would change the regulations to provide that only public school
students would continue to receive free driver education. All other
students would have to pay tuition, which at this time is stated by
the Department of Education to be $362.00.

Not only is the proposed amendment contrary to the statutory law of
Delaware, it raises serious constitutional questions regarding this
discriminatory treatment of nonpublic school students by the state.
We believe that the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth
Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the type of
unfair dissemination of services which would result from this change
in the regulations.

To view the text of this proposed, please go to

Please write today!


Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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