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4/2/2009 1:42:23 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA: Picturing America Program Poses No Risk

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HSLDA: Picturing America Program Poses No Risk

Dear Picturing America Recipients,

By now, many of you have received the Picturing America artwork, and
some of you have expressed concerns about this project. We share
these concerns about dealing with federally funded projects. In the
case of the Picturing America program, however, we feel that there is
no risk to homeschoolers, as there are no strings attached to their
participation with Picturing America.

Many of you have also received a letter from the NEH, detailing the
responsibilities you have as a Picturing America recipient. In
response to our concerns regarding the letter included with the
Picturing America material, we have spoken with the NEH to clarify
their requirements of homeschoolers receiving the Picturing America
program. One particular area of concern was the final report, which
the NEH is not requiring of homeschoolers. Please see the email below
from the NEH that clarifies their expectations.

RESPONSE TO HOME SCHOOLS FROM NEH:

"The NEH understands that the rules of the Picturing America award are
going to be a little more flexible when dealing with home schools. If
you have every intention of sharing the posters with a small co-op, we
believe this more than fulfills the requirements of the grant. (Some
home schools have indicated that they plan to 'gift' the materials to
a local library when they have finished using them.)

"Please do not be concerned if the posters will not be displayed
publically; most other home schools are in the same situation, and we
are advising them to keep the award as well. It was the decision of
the NEH to include a large number of home schools for this final round
of Picturing America, and we are aware that we should have adjusted
the requirements for home schools. Most importantly, please note that
the NEH has waived the submission of a final report for home schools.


"We wish you much success with this innovative teaching tool.

"(If, after reading the above, you still decide to decline the award,
please let me know because we are keeping a waiting list of schools
and libraries which missed the deadline, but still want to receive the
award. Please decide what is best for your home school and the
co-op.)"

Sincerely,

Judy Regelman
Office of We the People
National Endowment for the Humanities

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