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5/11/2009 1:37:22 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Tennessee--Call to Help Pass Resolution Supporting Educational Freedom in Germany

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May 11, 2009

Tennessee--Call to Help Pass Resolution
Supporting Educational Freedom in Germany

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

In 2008 the Romeike family from Germany moved to Morristown to seek
political asylum from the repressive tactics of German authorities who
will not allow homeschooling. HSLDA is supporting the family in this
first-of-its-kind application. Families in Germany who wish to
homeschool face jail time, thousands of dollars in fines and even the
loss of custody of their children.

Representative J. DeBarry has proposed House Resolution 87, "A
resolution calling on the Federal Republic of Germany to recognize the
rights of parents to raise their children...." The State of Georgia
passed a similar resolution in April.

The Tennessee resolution recognizes, "the importance of religious
liberties and the right of parents to determine their children's
upbringing and the method in which their education should be
provided." It acknowledges that parental rights are essential to
excellence in education and explains that home-educated students have
demonstrated "high standards of academic achievement and citizenship."
It then urges the Federal Republic of Germany to, "recognize the
basic, fundamental rights of parents and allow its citizens to
determine the education upbringing of their own children."

The resolution is on the House Education Committee calendar for
Wednesday, May 13, 2009. If passed, the resolution will be transmitted
to the Federal Republic of Germany.

To view the text of H.R. 87 use the following link:
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/106/Bill/HR0087.pdf

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact members of the House K-12 Education Subcommittee and
urge them to support H.R. 87. For the contact information of the
subcommittee members please visit:
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house/committees/sub-k12.html

Please give them the following message in your own words:

"Please support the Romeike Family by supporting House Resolution 87.
This will send a message to the Federal Republic of Germany that they
should respect parents' rights to direct the upbringing and education
of their children as of the utmost importance to a free society."

Thank you for your support of homeschool freedom!

To learn more about the Romeike family or homeschooling in Germany
please visit our website at: https://www.hslda.org/germany

Sincerely,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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