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4/26/2010 2:57:52 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Hawaii: Urgent--Please Help Stop Increase in Testing for Homeschoolers

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Hawaii: Urgent--Please Help Stop
Increase in Testing for Homeschoolers

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

On May 6, 2010, the Hawaii State Board of Education will vote to
change the Hawaii Administrative Rules that affect homeschool
families. One of the changes will impact all homeschool families by
requiring parents to test their children three more years than are
currently required. Because of the change in the language, parents
could also see even more testing in the future.

HSLDA and Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii need your help now to let
the State Board of Education know that these changes should not be
made, and that homeschoolers are already tested enough.

Currently, homeschool parents are required to test their children
using a standardized achievement test in grades 3, 5, 8, and 10. The
State Board of Education has proposed changing the current language in
Hawaii Administrative Rule 8-12-18 to require testing in accordance
with the statewide assessment system. This would require homeschool
parents to test their children in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10.
Additional years could be added at any time.

The proposed changes being voted on by the Hawaii State Board of
Education also includes removing all of Hawaii Administrative Rule
8-12-14. This subsection deals with special education services being
provided for homeschooled children. With this change homeschooled
student will likely only be able to obtain an evaluation for special
education needs but no services. While HSLDA takes a neutral position
on services obtained from the local school district, you may want to
raise this issue to the State Board of Education as well.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please contact each member of the State Board of Education and let
him or her know that increasing the testing of homeschool children is
unnecessary and unwanted. Please remember to be courteous but firm in
your opposition to these changes. Give the following message in your
own words:

"Please vote against the proposed changes to the Hawaii Administrative
Rules relating to homeschool programs. Homeschool students are already
tested on a regular basis and are required to submit an annual
progress report every year. Adding tests would be a significant burden
on homeschool parents. Additionally, all of the studies on homeschool
achievement, including one just this past fall, have shown homeschool
students are excelling academically. Please oppose the increase to
testing of homeschooled students."

If you can, call the general number to leave a message and send an
email. If you like, you could also send each member a letter opposing
these changes as well.

Hawaii State Board of Education

Board Office Phone: (808) 586-3334
Board Office Fax: (808) 586-3433
General Email Address: BOE_Hawaii@notes.k12.hi.us
Board Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2360, Honolulu, HI 96804

Mr. Garrett Toguchi
Chairperson, Oahu-at-large (exp. 2012)
Email: Garrett_Toguchi@notes.k12.hi.us

Dr. Lei Ahu Isa
First Vice Chairperson, Oahu-at-Large (exp. 2012)
Email: leiahuisa@yahoo.com

Ms. Karen Knudsen
Second Vice Chairperson, Oahu-at-Large (exp. 2010)
Email: Karen_Knudsen@notes.k12.hi.us

Ms. Kim Coco Iwamoto
Member, Oahu-at-Large (exp. 2010)
Email: Kim_Coco_Iwamoto@notes.k12.hi.us

Ms. Mary J. Cochran
Member, Maui District (exp. 2010)
Email: Mary_Cochran@notes.k12.hi.us

Ms. Maggie Cox
Member, Kauai District (exp. 2012)
Email: coxj024@hawaii.rr.com

Ms. Janis Akuna
Member, Oahu-at-Large (exp. 2012)
Email: Janis_Akuna@notes.k12.hi.us

Ms. Carol Mon Lee
Member, Honolulu District (exp. 2012)
Email: Carol_Mon_Lee@notes.k12.hi.us

Ms. Donna R. Ikeda
Member, Oahu-at-Large (exp. 2010)
Email: drikeda@hawaii.rr.com

Mr. John R. Penebacker
Member, Windward (exp. 2010)
Email: penebackerjr@hotmail.com

Mr. Breene Harimoto
Member, Leeward District (exp. 2012)
Email: Breene_Harimoto@notes.k12.hi.us

Dr. Eileen Clarke
Member, Central District (exp. 2010)
Email: eileen33clarke@yahoo.com

Mr. Herbert Watanabe
Member, Hawaii District (exp. 2012)
Email: Herbert_Watanabe@notes.k12.hi.us

For information on homeschool research please go to our website and
see: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8154 . The most recent study is
titled "Progress Report 2009: Homeschool Achievement and
Demographics." This study is helpful in showing that more testing of
homeschool students is not necessary.

Thank you for your efforts to help stop these changes to the testing
requirements for homeschoolers in Hawaii. Please forward this email to
any friends who may not be members and ask them to contact the State
Board of Education as well.

If you are not a member with HSLDA but would like to be, please visit
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8155 to join today. Help protect
your freedom to homeschool your children in Hawaii and all around the
country.


Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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