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10/1/2010 4:27:56 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rhode Island--All-Hands Call to Action in Chariho

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Rhode Island--All-Hands Call to Action in Chariho

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Despite an excellent turnout from homeschoolers and overwhelming
testimony that making homeschoolers fill out locator cards is
offensive, wasteful and outside of written policy, the Chariho School
Committee refused to take responsibility Tuesday night and punted the
entire issue to their attorneys.

Their lack of decisive action will not only cost taxpayers more money
(the lawyers don't work for free!), but implies that the school
committee is indifferent as to how bad the policy or practice might
be--as long as it doesn't land them in front of a judge.

It's time to step up the pressure on the school committee.


1. The Chariho School Committee seems to think the towns actually want
locator cards from homeschoolers. Please call all the members of your
own town council (Richmond, Charleston, Hopkinton--see list below) and
ask them to contact the Chariho School Committee and tell them they do
NOT want or need locator cards from homeschoolers. Your town council
members are up for election this November. If they don't respond to
the needs of the people, they should be replaced.

2. Please contact all school committee members (see list below town
council) to express your disappointment in how they refused on Tuesday
to adopt a written policy clearly forbidding the administration from
requiring homeschoolers to fill out locator cards. Ask them to place
our requested change to the homeschool policy on the agenda for their
next meeting. We don't want any member of the committee to be able to
forget about this issue until they have done justice for us.

3. Develop a strategy for what you personally will do if a truant
officer comes to your door. For example, for safety's sake, you might
first ask to see his driver's license and check the name and photo
(other forms of identification can easily be faked), then have him
wait outside until you can call the school administration number and
positively confirm that he is who he says. Imposters can be dangerous.
Once you're satisfied he's not an imposter, you may want to show him
your copy the notice of intent you filed and confirm that this is
where you reside. But if he asks you any other questions, you may want
to say, "Please send me your questions in writing. I will get back to
you as soon as my attorney has had time to review them."

4. If the school committee delays or denies your homeschool "approval"
for the purported reason that you have not filled out a locator card,
this would cross an important threshold. Notify HSLDA immediately if
you are a member.


Charlestown: (Note - terms expire Nov. 2010)
Gregory J. Avedisian
354 West Beach Road
Charlestown, RI 02813

Charlene Q. Dunn
PO Box 95
Carolina, RI 02812

Marjorie F. Frank
4700 Old Post Road
Charlestown, RI 02813

Richard H. Hosp
29 Lincoln Road
Charlestown, RI 02813

Forrester C. Safford
62 Sea View Drive
Charlestown, RI 02813

Richmond - Terms expire Nov. 2010
B. Joe Reddish III, President
(401) 539-9000

Henry R. Oppenheimer, Vice President
(401) 539-4025

James E. Thayer
(401) 258-5967

Gerard P. Curran
(401) 364-3923

Richard L. Osborne
(401) 539-7405

Hopkinton - all terms expire in November:
Thomas E. Buck, President
(401) 377-2418

Sylvia Thompson, Vice President
(401) 377-4912

Barbara Capalbo
(401) 377-2254

Beverly Kenney
(401) 539-7766

Frank T. Landolfi
(401) 539-9912

CHARIHO School Committee

Holly Eaves, Chairperson
9 General Stanton Lane
Charlestown, RI 02813

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

George Abbott
(401) 377-2279
PO Box 169
Hopkinton, RI 02833

Deborah Carney
151 Auburn Drive
Charlestown, RI 02813

Andrew Polouski
(401) 364-8863
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

Thank you for standing with HSLDA and RIGHT for freedom!

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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