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5/3/2010 9:28:56 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York: Rochester--Come to Meeting Tonight About Annual Assessments

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

New York: Rochester--Come to Meeting Tonight About Annual Assessments

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

As many of you know, the Rochester City School District has sent
several letters over the past few months limiting the choices parents
have to select an administrator for the annual assessment under New
York law. While even a parent could, with the consent of the
superintendent, administer the alternative written narrative
evaluation or a standardized test, if the parent meets the test
publishers' qualifications, the Rochester City School District has
indicated that that parents will not be permitted to administer the
annual assessment.

HSLDA Staff Attorney Thomas (Tj) Schmidt, along with several leaders
from Loving Education at Home (LEAH) including Charity LEAH and
Pittsford Community Church LEAH, will be meeting with the Rochester
City School District on Monday afternoon to try and resolve this
issue. A few other local homeschool support organizations, like the
Rochester Area Homeschool Association, will also be at the meeting.

On Monday evening, Tj Schmidt will be present at a special meeting for
homeschoolers in the area sponsored by Charity and PCC to discuss this
situation and be available for questions about homeschooling in New

Please pray for the meeting with the Rochester City School District on
Monday afternoon. Our goal is that the Rochester City School District
would recognize that a parent is not automatically disqualified from
administering the annual assessment. We believe that the
superintendent should only withhold consent for those who do not meet
the test publishers' qualifications or are otherwise not "qualified"
to conduct the annual assessment.

New York law does not prevent a parent from administering the annual
assessment, and HSLDA intends to fight for homeschool parents' ability
to do so.

You are invited to attend the meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the
Pittsford Community Church at 421 Marsh Road, Pittsford, NY.
Directions are below. Please RSVP (if you can) to, so we can plan for seating, but you are
welcome to come either way!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Directions to church listed below: clip/ save for future use.

From 490: Take Pittsford-Palmyra exit.
Head toward the village of Pittsford (follow signs with arrows showing
the way to Pittsford).
At first light, turn right onto Marsh Road
Church will be on the left, 2/10 of mile, just as you come under 490
Please park on the 490 side of the church.

From Fairport Road: Take Marsh Road (left coming from east, right
coming from west)
Which is at the corner with Hoselton dealership on one side and
Wegmans on the other.
Take Marsh Road under railroad overpass, past Power's Market and
Whitehaven Cemetery,
And continue about another 1/2 mile. PCC will be on your right just
before 490 overpass.
Please park on the 490 side of the church.


Thomas (Tj) Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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