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3/10/2011 5:24:21 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Vermont--Action Needed to Oppose MANDATORY TESTING

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Vermont--Action Needed to Oppose MANDATORY TESTING

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The Vermont Department of Education (DOE) is working on revising a
legislative proposal to dramatically modify the Vermont home study
statute. While many of the proposed changes appear to be positive,
the commissioner of education has indicated that he is unwilling to
compromise on mandatory testing.

Unfortunately, the real problem with this process is that the DOE has
not sought input or collaboration with homeschoolers. The Department
developed its own draft of proposed changes to the law without
involving homeschoolers or their advocates in the discussion process.
As a result of a hearing this week before the Vermont Senate, the DOE
is now trying to draft a bill that the Education Committee can work on
by next Tuesday, March 15.

Because the issues are complicated and require careful consideration,
there is simply not enough time for homeschoolers to have the input
they deserve. Therefore, we are asking you to contact the DOE and ask
them to pull their proposed legislation and to work with
homeschoolers, homeschool leaders and advocates like Retta Dunlap and
HSLDA and others to allow for more input and participation. The
Vermont home study law does need to be changed to reduce its
burdensome process, but let's work together to do it right the first
time.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact the Vermont Department of Education and Home Study
Department and politely ask them to withdraw their proposed
legislation. Ask them to work with homeschoolers and their
representatives to develop an approach that we can all live with and
that will improve the law by reducing burdens on families and the
Department.

Please contact the following Individuals as soon as possible:

Assistant Commissioner of Education Rae Ann Knopf
802-828-5101
rae.knopf@state.vt.us

Michael Mulcahey, Interagency Coordinator
802-828-5108
mike.mulcahy@state.vt.us

Karen Agnew, Home Study Coordinator
802-828-3138
Karen.Agnew@state.vt.us

Brynne Reed, Home Study Coordinator
802 828-5113
Brynne.Reed@state.vt.us

Thank you for working with us to preserve homeschooling freedom in
Vermont!

Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.

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