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9/21/2010 4:16:14 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rhode Island--Your Testimony Needed Sept. 28 in Chariho!

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Rhode Island--Your Testimony Needed Sept. 28 in Chariho!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends in Chariho:

Your calls, emails, etc. are working!

The superintendent is now trying to derail our efforts by saying that
school officials do NOT tell families that locator cards are required!
Many of you whom school officials have told in no uncertain terms that
they ARE required will find this laughable.

But now we know the superintendent's strategy for the school committee
meeting on September 28. He will deny that the school administration
tells homeschoolers the locator card is mandatory and will say the
homeschool policy is fine just the way it is.

Therefore, we are going to need live testimony to prove he is wrong.
We need people to come to the meeting who will stand up and say that
they WERE told that cards were mandatory. This will rebut the
superintendent's attempt to brush off the issue as a
"misunderstanding."

Once we establish the fact that school officials truly do tell
homeschoolers that the card is mandatory, we can press the school
committee to insert a provision into the homeschool policy explicitly
saying that filing a locator card shall not be mandatory. This will
finally give us a lasting solution.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. If any school employee or representative personally told you that
filing the locator card is mandatory, or words to that effect, we
really need you to come to the September 28 meeting and say so.

2. If no one told you that personally, we still need you to come.
Your presence will send a powerful message to the school committee
that this is an important issue. You may have an opportunity to offer
your own reasons why you believe the homeschool policy should be
changed to make it clear the locator card is not mandatory.

3. It would be very helpful (but not mandatory) if you would email
Sandy Swenson at sandy@ssrb.us to confirm that you are coming to the
meeting.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the middle school library. When the
chairman announces that it is time for the "public forum," that's the
time for you to come forward and speak. Please allow the people who
have been told the card is mandatory to speak first. The chairman may
limit each person to 2 to 4 minutes, so think through beforehand what
you want to say, and make sure the most important parts of your
comments come first.

Remember: we want the committee to formally change the homeschool
policy to say that locator cards shall not be required. Without a
formal change of policy, it's virtually certain that we're going to
fight this battle over and over.

Locator cards ARE considered mandatory for public school students. We
can't realistically expect busy administrators to remember that the
card is mandatory for one group and optional for another group without
a clear written policy. It's just too confusing.

It is possible that the chairman may ask that comments about the
locator card come at a different point in the meeting. Chariho School
Committee "Rules of Conduct" can be accessed at
http://www.chariho.k12.ri.us/node/645

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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