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6/7/2010 10:01:17 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Louisiana: Update--Homeschool Graduate Bill To Be Heard in House Education

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Louisiana: Update--Homeschool Graduate Bill To Be Heard in House
Education

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Senate Bill 798, previously known as SB 517, will be heard in the
House Education Committee tomorrow morning at 11:00 am, in House
Committee Room 1. We encourage as many as are able to show up in
support of this bill. If you are unable to show up tomorrow, please
contact the members of the committee and let them know you are in
support of this bill. More information on the committee can be found
here - http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Cmtes/H_Cmte_ED.asp .

HSLDA Legal Assistant Eric Johnson, a Louisiana native, will be
present to testify before the committee in support of this bill.

As we indicated earlier, 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. The Senate then passed it, and it is now on
the House side.

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 representative 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 representative, as well as several
members of the committee, and give them 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 representative is preferred, but if you can't call,
please send an email. If you can do both, that would even be better.

BACKGROUND

As we 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 your 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 provide.

Thanks for your efforts in protecting homeschool freedom in Louisiana!

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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