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3/19/2009 12:48:10 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Vermont --Update on the Status of Vermont's Home Study Department

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March 19, 2009

Vermont--Update on the Status of Vermont's Home Study Department

Dear HSLDA Members:

HSLDA has recently received several inquiries regarding the status of
the Vermont Home Study Department. HSLDA would like to keep you
informed of what is happening.

There has been talk circulating of a plan to eliminate the Vermont
Home Study office and leave decision-making authority to each
individual district, as soon as June 30, 2009. This would not be
possible under current Vermont law, and HSLDA would oppose such a
move.

HSLDA has been informed that there will likely not be any legislation
this year from the Department of Education concerning home study.
Vermont's new Commissioner of Education Armando Vilaseca will be
meeting with Governor Jim Douglas to propose he be provided an
opportunity to review the current law and make proposed changes
suitable to everyone for the following legislative session.
Commissioner Vilaseca has spoken positively about his experience with
homeschoolers based on his experience as a superintendent and based on
his own personal knowledge of homeschoolers among his among his
friends and acquaintances.

Vermont's current law is among the most restrictive in the nation and
is due for updating. Research continues to show that homeschooled
students outperform their peers academically, are attending college in
higher numbers, participate in civic society as productive citizens,
and that there is no correlation between any of these results and
higher regulation.

Retta Dunlap, executive director of the Vermont Education Network, is
involved in the issue and actively working to insure that
homeschoolers are protected. If you have questions for Retta, you can
email her at vhen@comcast.net.

HSLDA will continue to monitor this situation and alert you should
action be necessary in the future.

Thank you for your commitment to defending homeschool freedom in
Vermont.

Sincerely,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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