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5/12/2010 4:32:27 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Louisiana: Please Call Now in Support of Homeschool Graduate Bill

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Louisiana: Please Call Now in
Support of Homeschool Graduate Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Louisiana Senate Education Committee is scheduled to hear Senate
Bill 517 tomorrow. The purpose of this bill is to help fix issues that
homeschool graduates have encountered regarding their homeschool
diploma and transcripts.

Recently some homeschool graduates have faced opposition to their
proof of completion of high school when they submitted copies of their
homeschool diploma and transcripts. While most colleges are actively
pursuing homeschool students, some cosmetology and other trade schools
in Louisiana are giving homeschool graduates a hard time. Homeschool
graduates seeking civil service positions; such as police officers,
sheriff's deputies and firefighters, have also had some difficulties.

House Bill 517 would simply put into Louisiana law that any diploma
awarded by an approved home study program would have the all the
rights and privileges as a diploma awarded by a state-approved
nonpublic school.

Due to the hard work of Christian Home Educators Fellowship of
Louisiana (CHEF of LA) and others, HB 517 has the support of both the
Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) and the governor. However, we
still would like you to contact the Senate Education Committee members
and urge them to support the bill.

Additionally, CHEF of Louisiana would like to compile some information
on those who have experienced difficulties in getting into trade
schools or civil service positions with their homeschool diploma and
transcripts. If you experience trouble like this, even after you were
enrolled or hired, please contact Beryl Amedee at
legislative@chefofla.org with any information you can.

With your help, we can help prevent the discriminatory practice of not
recognizing the diploma of home study students in Louisiana. Please
contact the Education Committee members listed below now.

ACTION SUGGESTED:

1. Please call or email the Senate Education Committee members listed
below and give them this message in your own words:

"Please support House Bill 517. This bill will enable home study
graduates, who were enrolled in a state-approved program, to receive
the same recognition for their diploma and transcripts as other state
approved nonpublic school students. Home study students who complete
their program in compliance with state law just want to be treated
fairly with other nonpublic school graduates and this bill has the
support of the LDE. Thank you for your support of House Bill 517."

Calling the Education Committee is preferred, but if you don't have
time to call, please send an email. If you can do both, that would
even be better.

Senate Education Committee Members

Senator Ben Nevers (Chairman)
Phone: (985) 732-6863
Email: neversb@legis.state.la.us

Senator Eric LaFleur (Vice-Chairman)
Phone: (337) 363-5019
Email: lafleure@legis.state.la.us

Senator Conrad Appel
Phone: (866) 946-3133
Email: appelc@legis.state.la.us

Senator Jack Donahue
Phone: (985) 727-7949
Email: donahuej@legis.state.la.us

Senator Yvonne Dorsey
Phone: (225) 342-9700
Email: dorseyy@legis.state.la.us

Senator Ann Duplessis
Phone: (504) 243-7795
Email: lasen2@legis.state.la.us

Senator Gerald Long
Phone: (318) 628-5799
Email: longg@legis.state.la.us

If your state senator is on the Education Committee, let him or her
know that you are a constituent. If you're not sure who your senator
is yours, go to:
http://senate.legis.state.la.us/Senators/ByAddress.htm . A vote on HB
517 could be held anytime tomorrow, so please contact the Committee
now!

2. Please contact CHEF of LA if your home study student had
difficulties in getting into a trade school with their homeschool
diploma and transcripts. If you had trouble being hired or promoted
for a civil service position in Louisiana, please also contact CHEF
with your story and information. Beryl Amedee, CHEF's legislative
liaison would like to hear from you at: legislative@chefofla.org .

Thanks for your efforts in protecting homeschool freedom in Louisiana!

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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