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3/20/2009 4:12:49 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Arkansas--Bad Homeschool Bill Defeated

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March 20, 2009

Arkansas--Bad Homeschool Bill Defeated

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Great news! House Bill 2144, the bad homeschool bill, is dead for
this legislative season. Representative David Cook, the bill's
sponsor, has agreed to have it referred to an interim study committee
for discussion over the next two years. The committee will make
recommendations to the Arkansas General Assembly for its next
legislative session in 2011.

Many thanks to all of you who were faithful to contact legislators
about this bill. There is no question that your outcry against this
terrible bill is what made the difference. I have no doubt that had
you not contacted these legislators, this bill would have become
unstoppable.

We especially appreciate the excellent lobbying done on this bill by
Jerry Cox, Director of The Education Alliance, a division of the
Family Council, and Martha Adcock, staff attorney. They were at the
Capitol every day during this crisis talking with key legislators
about the need to defeat this bill. Emails from Jerry and postings on
The Education Alliance Blog kept homeschoolers advised of the current
status of the bill and provided talking points for home educators to
respond to proponents of this legislation. HSLDA encourages all of
our members to financially support The Education Alliance with
tax-deductable donations. With their skillful and effective lobbying,
they were an invaluable part of the successful effort to stop this bad
homeschool bill. They need your support to continue the good work
they do for you. You can make a donation on their website at
https://www.arkansashomeschool.org/donate.asp .


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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