From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


4/14/2009 2:34:00 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Vermont -- Please attend April 21 Homeschool Day at the Capitol

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

April 14, 2009

Vermont -- Please attend April 21 Homeschool Day at the Capitol

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

HSLDA and the Vermont Home Education Network (VHEN) invites you to
attend Vermont's Homeschool Day at the Capitol on April 21, 2009.
Families will meet on the steps of the State House at 11:00 a.m. and
then move inside the Capitol during the legislative lunch break. All
are invited! Please RSVP to Retta Dunlap at if you
plan to attend.

The day will include the following highlights:

> Event Organizer and Education Freedom Champion Retta Dunlap, a
"graduated" homeschool mother of four, will speak.
> A Vermont homeschool parent who recently won a home study hearing
will share her story.
> Governor Jim Douglas is expected to sign a homeschool proclamation
in support of homeschooling. There may be an opportunity for some to
meet him and Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie.
> HSLDA Staff Attorney Michael Donnelly will speak.

This year's Capitol Day in Vermont is especially important because
there may be significant changes to Vermont's homeschool laws proposed
in the upcoming year in response to the budget proposed by Governor
Douglas. There has been talk among some policy makers of mandatory
state testing and requiring homeschoolers to notify their local
principals rather than the DOE. These and other topics have been
discussed, but there is no specific legislation currently before
either body that would affect Vermont's homeschool law. However, this
is the time for homeschool families to reconnect with their
legislatures in advance of next year's legislative season, where it is
virtually certain significant changes will be proposed to the home
study law.

By having a face-to-face meeting with your legislator, you give the
legislator the opportunity to see firsthand the positive benefits of
homeschooling. Informed homeschooling constituents who meet with and
demonstrate interest in their legislator's activities provide that
legislator with reasons to vote in favor of increasing homeschool
freedom. The Home School Day at the Capitol also provides an
opportunity for your children to go on a field trip and learn about
state government and how laws are made in Vermont.

Don't miss this opportunity to show your support of homeschool freedom
in Vermont. Please join me and attend!

To learn more about homeschooling in Vermont go to


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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federal legislation is much like yelling to be heard while
standing in a fierce wind. Yet when 80,000 voices join together,
they become a powerful force that cannot be drowned out.
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