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3/18/2011 3:54:37 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Washington: Your Calls Needed to Help Pass SB5142

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Washington: Your Calls Needed to Help Pass SB5142

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

We need your help to get Senate Bill 5142 out of the House Education
Committee. The Committee has schedule an executive work session on the
bill for March 24, and we would like to see the bill passed out with a
favorable recommendation.

Senate Bill 5142 clarifies that alternative learning experience (ALE)
programs are public school programs and that a student enrolled
full-time in an ALE program is a full-time public school student. The
bill prohibits these ALE programs from promoting themselves as
homeschool programs and requires them to provide honest information
about what they are.

Currently some ALE programs in Washington promote themselves as
home-based education because they allow much of the actual instruction
to be provided by parents. This has led some parents in these programs
to assume that they are homeschooling their children. However, under
state law an ALE program is considered an extension of public school.
Everything with these programs, from the instruction time required to
the curriculum used, is not up to the parents but is up to public
school officials. While many of these ALE programs are friendly to
homeschoolers, if a student is enrolled full-time in the program, the
student is a public school student.

Senate Bill 5142 does not change what ALE programs are; they have
always been public school programs. However, the bill does require ALE
programs to be clearer in what they tell parents. Since this bill
provides more information to allow parents to make an informed
decision, we support this bill.

Please contact the House Education Committee members listed below to
urge them to support this bill. If you are able to contact all of the
members before March 24, that would help ensure that this bill passes
out of the committee.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Please call and email the House Education Committee members listed
below and give them this message in your own words:

"Please vote in favor of Senate Bill 5142. This bill helps ensure that
parents are given all the information about alternative learning
experience programs. Parents should be able to know whether their
child is a full-time or part-time public school student. Thank you for
supporting SB 5142."


House Education Committee Members

Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D) Chair
Phone: (360) 786-7944 Email: sharontomiko.santos@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Kristine Lytton (D) Vice Chair
Phone: (360) 786-7800 Email: kristine.lytton@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Bruce Dammeier (R) (ranking member)
Phone: (360) 786-7948 Email: bruce.dammeier@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Glenn Anderson (R) (asst. ranking member)
Phone: (360) 786-7876 Email: glenn.anderson@leg.wa.gov

Rep. John Ahern (R)
Phone: (360) 786-7962 Email: john.ahern@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Jan Angel (R)
Phone: (360) 786-7964 Email: jan.angel@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Andy Billig (D)
Phone: (360) 786-7888 Email: andy.billig@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Cathy Dahlquist(R)
Phone: (360) 786-7846 Email: cathy.dahlquist@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Susan Fagan (R)
Phone: (360) 786-7942 Email: susan.fagan@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Fred Finn (D)
Phone: (360) 786-7902 Email: fred.finn@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Kathy Haigh (D)
Phone: (360) 786-7966 Email: kathy.haigh@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Mark Hargrove (R)
Phone: (360) 786-7918 Email: mark.hargrove@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Sam Hunt (D)
Phone: (360) 786-7992 Email: sam.hunt@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Brad Klippert (R)
Phone: (360) 786-7882 Email: brad.klippert@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Joel Kretz (R)
Phone: (360) 786-7988 Email: joel.kretz@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Connie Ladenburg (D)
Phone: (360) 786-7906 Email: connie.ladenburg@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Marko Liias (D)
Phone: (360) 786-7972 Email: marko.liias@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Marcie Maxwell (D)
Phone: (360) 786-7894 Email: marcie.maxwell@leg.wa.gov

Rep. John McCoy (D)
Phone: (360) 786-7864 Email: john.mccoy@leg.wa.gov

Rep. Tim Probst (D)
Phone: (360) 786-7994 Email: tim.probst@leg.wa.gov

Rep. J.T. Wilcox (R)
Phone: (360) 786-7912 Email: jt.wilcox@leg.wa.gov


BACKGROUND:

While HSLDA did not draft or introduce Senate Bill 5142, we have
reviewed the bill and strongly support it.

Senate Bill 5142 was introduced on January 17, 2011, and passed the
Senate 48-0 on February 28. It is currently scheduled for an executive
session in the House Committee on Education at 8:00 a.m. on March 24.

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for greater homeschool freedom in Washington please visit
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Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in Washington.

Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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