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4/20/2009 10:29:36 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Michigan: Please Come to Homeschool Family Days at the Capitol!

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April 20, 2009

Michigan: Please Come to Homeschool Family Days at the Capitol!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Home Education League of Michigan will be hosting Homeschool
Family Day at the Capitol over two days next week. This year you will
have two days to choose from, either April 28 or 29. Each day will be
full of exciting events for your whole family to learn about the
legislative process and take part in helping to protect homeschool
freedom. This event also helps provide some of the only contact that
many legislators will have homeschooling families.

We at the Home School Legal Defense Association want to encourage you
to attend this event. I believe it is very important for as many
homeschool families to attend as possible. Over the years, HSLDA has
seen how well-attended homeschool events at the state Capitol can have
a major impact in preserving and protecting homeschool freedom.

Whenever a homeschool issue comes up before the legislature, many of
these elected officials will remember the personal contact they have
had with homeschool families. In our experience, homeschool capitol
lobby days are one of the most effective ways of preventing or
stopping bad legislation. The face-to-face contacts these legislators
have with good homeschool families make it very hard for a legislator
to vote against
homeschooling.

HSLDA Staff Attorney Thomas "Tj" Schmidt will speak on the importance
of vigilance in order to continue to protect our homeschool freedoms
and lead a workshop on the current threat to parental rights. He will
explain how the threat of international law and the Convention of the
Rights of a Child treaty could eliminate our freedom to homeschool and
radically change our nation's laws that affect our children's
upbringing.

We encourage you to attend and take advantage of these Homeschool
Family Days at the Capitol. Your homeschool family will have a unique
opportunity to observe the legislative process and spend time with
elected officials at the state Capitol. You will learn firsthand how
laws are made, attend a committee meeting, visit your representative
and senator, and observe a legislative session in progress. Choose
from a variety of workshops and attend a legislative luncheon with
state legislators and leaders.

For more information on all of the activities go to:
http://www.homeedmi.net/CapitolDay/tabid/65/Default.aspx . Hurry
because registration closes at midnight on April 23rd!

If you would like to meet with your legislators, be sure to plan ahead
and make an appointment. Tell their office when you are coming, that
you would like to see them, and schedule a time. There will be
handouts available for you to give both days of the event.

During the visit with your representative and senator, you will also
have the opportunity to express opposition to H.B. 4130, H.B. 4132,
H.B. 6674, and S.B. 170, which would raise the compulsory school
attendance age to 18, and to S.B. 122, which would lower the
compulsory school attendance age to 5.

This event is sponsored by the Home Education League of Michigan along
with legislative co-sponsor Senator Alan Cropsey (33rd District) and
former Representative Jack Hoogendyk (61st District), both homeschool
dads.

For more information, visit www.HomeEdMi.net or contact Paulette Brack
at (269) 353-9515 or at info@HomeEdMi.net.

BACKGROUND:

Below are five MORE reasons to attend Legislative Day:

> Dispel any negative myths of the homeschool movement.

> Give legislators an understanding of the large numbers of
homeschoolers within the state.

> Provide positive literature to legislators regarding homeschooling.

> Spend one-on-one time with your legislator.

> Your presence is necessary to show that the homeschool movement is
alive, well, and thriving strong.

Please help keep homeschooling free in Michigan. We make a significant
statement to your representatives when hundreds of home educators
participate in rally at the Capitol on April 28 and 29.

We are keenly aware that our parental and homeschool freedoms are best
preserved when we all stand together to defend them. We look forward
to seeing you soon!


Sincerely,

Thomas (Tj) Schmidt
Staff Attorney

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-> How many of your friends would pay your legal fees?

As a member of HSLDA, you have 80,000 families standing with you
to protect and advance homeschool freedoms in the United States
and foreign countries.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1106

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