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3/5/2009 9:49:02 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Tennessee -- Calls Needed to Pass Diploma Bill

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March 5, 2009

Tennessee -- Calls Needed to Pass Diploma Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

We need your help to stop discrimination against homeschool and
church-related school graduates in Tennessee. State Representative
Mike Bell is the sponsor of House Bill 431, which would require the
state to recognize high school diplomas awarded by any legal form of
education in Tennessee. This bill is scheduled to be heard by the
House Education K-12 Subcommittee next week.

In order to be most effective and efficient in this lobbying effort,
Rep. Bell has requested that only people who live in a subcommittee
member's district contact that member to express their support of H.B.
431. We want these legislators to know that their own constituents
are behind this bill.

Please contact your state representative on the subcommittee today!

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please call and/or email your state representative on the House
Education K-12 Subcommittee with this message:

"Please vote for House Bill 431 to eliminate discrimination against
homeschool and church-related school graduates. High school diplomas
awarded by any legal form of education in Tennessee should be
recognized by the state."

The members of the House Education K-12 Subcommittee are as follows:

Rep. Les Winningham, Chair, District 38 -- Clay, Jackson, Pickett,
Scott and parts of Anderson Counties
(615) 741-6852
rep.leslie.winningham@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Ron Lollar, Vice-Chair, District 99 -- Part of Shelby County
(615) 741-7084
rep.ron.lollar@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Judy Barker, District 77 -- Obion, Lake and part of Dyer Counties
(615) 741-0718
rep.judy.barker@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Tommie Brown, District 28 -- Part of Hamilton County
(615) 741-4374
rep.tommie.brown@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Bill Dunn, District 16 -- Part of Knox County
(615) 741-1721
rep.bill.dunn@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Beth Harwell, District 56 -- Part of Davidson County
(615) 741-0709
rep.beth.harwell@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. David Hawk, District 5 -- Unicoi and part of Greene Counties
(615) 741-7482
rep.david.hawk@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Joey Hensley, District 70 -- Lawrence, Lewis and part of Wayne
Counties
(615) 741-7476
rep.joey.hensley@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Ulysses Jones, District 98 -- Part of Shelby County
(615) 741-4575
rep.ulysses.jones@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Mark Maddox, District 76 -- Weakley and part of Carroll Counties
(615) 741-7847
rep.mark.maddox@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Larry Turner, District 85 -- Part of Shelby County
(615) 741-6954
rep.larry.turner@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, District 40 -- DeKalb, Smith and Macon
Counties
(615) 741-2192
rep.terri.lynn.weaver@capitol.tn.gov

2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact their state representative on
the subcommittee.

BACKGROUND:
College admission and both public and private employment are often
conditioned upon the applicant's having a state-recognized high school
diploma. In recent years in Tennessee, graduates of homeschools and
church-related schools have been denied these opportunities because
their diploma was not approved by the Tennessee Department of
Education. H.B. 431 would eliminate this discrimination by requiring
the state to recognize high school diplomas awarded by any legal form
of education in Tennessee.

To view the text of this bill, please go to
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/106/Bill/HB0431.pdf

Please call or email today!


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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