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5/21/2010 2:38:57 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Louisiana: Update--Homeschool Graduate Bill Passes Education Committee

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Louisiana: Update--Homeschool Graduate Bill Passes Education Committee

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

As we indicated earlier this month, the Louisiana Senate Education
Committee heard Senate Bill 517, and it passed unanimously. The bill
was substituted on the Senate floor by Senate Bill 798. Senate Bill
798 has the same purpose and result of the original bill and contains
the identical core language. We understand that Senate Bill 798 will
be taken up and voted on the Senate floor as early as Monday.

Due to the hard work of Christian Home Educators Fellowship of
Louisiana (CHEF of LA) and others, SB 798 has the support of both the
Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) and the governor. However, we
still would like you to contact your state senator and urge them to
support the bill if you have not already done so.

With your help, we can help prevent the discriminatory practice of not
recognizing the diploma of home study students in Louisiana. Please
contact your state senator with the message below.

ACTION SUGGESTED:

Please call or email your state senator and give him or her this
message in your own words:

"Please support Senate Bill 798. 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 Senate Bill
798."

Calling your state senator is preferred, but if you can't call, please
send an email. If you can do both, that would even be better.

You can find your state senator by going to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8350 . A vote on SB
517 could be held anytime on the Senate floor, so please contact your
Senator now.

BACKGROUND

As informed you earlier, the purpose of Senate Bill 798 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.

Senate Bill 798 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.

If you have not already done so, please contact CHEF of Louisiana if
you have experienced difficulties in getting into trade schools or
civil service positions with their homeschool diploma and transcripts.
If you experienced trouble like this, even after you were enrolled or
hired, please contact Beryl Amedee at legislative@chefofla.org with
any information you can. CHEF of Louisiana is complying this
information to present when SB 798 goes to the House.

Thanks for your efforts in protecting homeschool freedom in Louisiana!

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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