From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


9/10/2010 10:26:05 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rhode Island--Keep Calling Chariho School Committee!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Rhode Island--Keep Calling Chariho School Committee!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Thank you for your phone calls and emails to school committee members!
Please continue until you have contacted each member!

The school committee is trying to pass the buck regarding the demand
for locator cards from homeschoolers. They are telling some people
it's the Superintendent's job to approve or rescind the demand. But
under the law, the Superintendent has NOTHING to do with
homeschooling! The law says it is the school committee's job to
approve homeschooling. The committee cannot pass the buck.

As you keep calling, etc., ask the committee members to put this on
the agenda for the very next school committee. If dropping the
locator card demand requires a school committee decision, let's get it
on their agenda. (Although it didn't take a committee decision for
them to drop the demand last year!)

Meanwhile, if you are a member of HSLDA and you receive a notice that
the approval of your homeschool program will be on the agenda for a
school committee meeting, contact HSLDA immediately so we can
formulate a strategy.

When I was talking to the school attorney yesterday, he asked what
objection homeschoolers had to filling out the locator card. My
reply: "The same objection we have every time the school tries to
force us to do something that is not required under law."

The duty to protect freedom cannot be delegated. This is your fight.


The mailing address and most emails for school committee members are
listed below. You can use these or look up their phone numbers.

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

Robert Petit, Vice Chairperson
173 Skunk Hill Road
Hope Valley, RI 02832

George Abbott
PO Box 169
Hopkinton, RI 02833

Deborah Carney
151 Auburn Drive
Charlestown, RI 02813

Andrew Polouski
PO Box 451
Charlestown, RI 02813

Michelle Cole
22 Buttonwoods Road
Wyoming, RI 02898

Andrew McQuaide
27 East Quail Run
Charlestown, RI 02813

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


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. And endure the hassle of brining their child's
birth certificate to town hall in order to get 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 HSLDA and RIGHT for freedom!

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

-> How many acorns can a chipmunk hold in its cheeks?

We don't know! But we do know that gathering little by little
enables ordinary folks to prepare for hard times. That principle
is behind HSLDA's payment plan: by paying a month at a time,
families can receive an annual HSLDA membership. Meanwhile, they
can feel secure as they homeschool and focus on other priorities
-- their children. Don't go nuts trying to pay for membership all
once. Choose one of our convenient payment plans.

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