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3/23/2009 3:33:33 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Ohio: Contact your Representative to Oppose Controversial Education Reform

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March 23, 2009

Ohio: Contact your Representative to
Oppose Controversial Education Reform

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Governor Strickland made it clear in his State of the State address
that he plans to lead an education reform in Ohio, and he has now
proposed legislation to this end. Representative Vernon Sykes
introduced House Bill 1 on February 12, 2009. The bill has been
referred to the Taxes Committee.

H.B. 1 is Ohio's state budget bill. It is a lengthy piece of
legislation that would make many controversial changes to Ohio's
education laws. If passed, it would, among other things, extend the
school year by one month, require school districts to offer all-day
kindergarten, and expand state-mandated testing to include the
attitudes and behaviors of students, including scoring criteria of
interpersonal skills as a part of earning a diploma. Measuring
attitudes and behavior is further evidence of the kind of education
the government wants to provide children in its schools. It is using
the schools to teach values that are at odds with what most of us
would agree with.

These kinds of "reforms" were attempted years ago and were defeated by
a broad coalition of Ohio citizens including homeschoolers. While
these provisions would only directly affect public and chartered
private school students, all taxpaying citizens in Ohio should be
concerned. Because public schools contribute to the culture by
educating the next generation of citizens, we should be concerned
about this approach to education. Furthermore, it is possible that
over time this kind of philosophy, if not opposed now, could affect
future homeschooling regulations. Therefore we believe that it is
appropriate for homeschoolers to take an interest and oppose these new
measures proposed by the governor.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact your representatives, and politely tell them in your
own words to oppose H.B. 1 unless the education reform provisions are
removed. There is no need to state that you are a homeschoolers since
the legislation does not directly impact homeschooling.

You can locate your legislator at http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/
or you can leave a message for a representative by calling the capitol
at 1-800-282-0253.

Thank you for your continued support of freedom in the Buckeye state!

Sincerely,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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