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9/9/2010 10:09:10 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rhode Island--Chariho Families Face Litigation Threat

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Rhode Island--Chariho Families Face Litigation Threat

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Yesterday the Chariho school system's attorney presented an ultimatum
to homeschool families: fill out the "locator cards" or face rejection
of your homeschool request. This would almost certainly lead to
litigation.

After receiving reports recently that Chariho school system was once
again demanding "locator cards" from homeschool families, I called
their attorney to try to clear things up. Chariho made the same demand
last year. But they listened to common sense and backed off.

I explained to their attorney that if a family has already given their
street address, the school committee cannot lawfully demand that they
also fill out locator cards. But to my surprise, he said the school
system would absolutely not stop demanding the "locator card." He said
the school committee would reject homeschool requests without a
locator card. This could quickly lead to families being prosecuted
for truancy.

We are faced with a serious and imminent threat to our freedom. We
must take firm action and stand together.

ACTION REQUESTED

Rhode Island Guild of Home Teachers and HSLDA are unified in calling
for quick action. On Thursday, September 9 and Friday, September 10, I
request that every homeschooler living in the Chariho Regional School
District contact each member of the Chariho School Committee in person
(at their place of business or home), or by email, regular mail or
phone.

Your message can be as simple as:

"Please stop demanding that homeschool families who have already given
you their address also fill out a locator card. This is an unlawful
demand."

Naturally, feel free to explain your message in your own words. Even
though our freedoms are under threat here, remember to be courteous.
Also keep in mind that the school committee members may not actually
know about the locator card demand. This new push for locator cards
may be coming from somewhere within the school administration, rather
than the school committee itself.

These are your elected servants, and they should listen to you. If
you know any of these folks personally, it is especially vital that
you contact them.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The mailing address and most emails for school committee members are
listed below. You can use these or look up their phone numbers. A few
school board members have not listed their street address on the
School Committee website (even though that is what they expect you to
do!) For those who have listed their street address, a friendly
personal visit during socially acceptable hours would be highly
appropriate.

Holly Eaves, Chairperson
9 General Stanton Lane
Charlestown, RI 02813
hollyeaves@cox.net

Robert Petit, Vice Chairperson
173 Skunk Hill Road
Hope Valley, RI 02832
b_petit@hotmail.com

George Abbott
PO Box 169
Hopkinton, RI 02833

Deborah Carney
151 Auburn Drive
Charlestown, RI 02813
carneygdj@aol.com

Andrew Polouski
PO Box 451
Charlestown, RI 02813

Michelle Cole
22 Buttonwoods Road
Wyoming, RI 02898
mcole34@cox.net

Andrew McQuaide
27 East Quail Run
Charlestown, RI 02813
andrew02813@hotmail.com

Richard Vecchio
5 Elizabeth Court
Hope Valley, RI 02832

William Day
17 Nooseneck Hill Road
Wyoming, RI 02898

Terri Serra
155 Kenyon Hill Trail
Wyoming, RI 02898

Georgia Ure
PO Box 123
Wyoming, RI 02898

BACKGROUND

The "locator card" is a financial control tool. Each of the three
towns in the Chariho Regional School District sends students to
Chariho public schools. The locator card is part of the process of
registering for enrollment in public school, or registering to get
other benefits from the public school system. The locator card is used
to make sure each of the three towns pays their "fair share" of
Chariho expenses.

But homeschool families who do not want to participate in any public
school activity (such as sports) do not cause Chariho school system to
incur any expense. It is therefore irrational to make homeschoolers
fill out the card.

It has sometimes been argued that the locator card is necessary to
determine whether the Chariho school committee is the correct school
committee to act on paperwork from a particular family. But if the
family has already submitted their street address, the school
committee already knows it is the correct school committee. It serves
no purpose to force a family to declare their street address twice.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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