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3/29/2011 10:31:39 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa--Call Immediately: New Homeschool Option at Stake

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Iowa--Call Immediately: New Homeschool Option at Stake

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Please call before closing this email!

Today Senator Bill Dix plans to introduce an amendment that adds the
new homeschool option, Independent Private Instruction, to another
bill, SF 423. We believe this is our very best opportunity for the
new option to become law, and give Iowa families a way to homeschool
that involves dramatically less paperwork and headaches.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please place a quick call to all of the senators listed below. These
senators, we believe, will support us if they hear from enough
families. Your message can be as simple as, "Please vote YES on
Senator Bill Dix' amendment to SF 423. It's time to reduce costly
bureaucratic paper shuffling and simplify Iowa's homeschool law."

CONTACT INFORMATION

Senator Mary Jo Wilhelm
mary.jo.wilhelm@legis.state.ia.us
Home Phone: (563) 547-4156

Senator Joe Seng
joe.seng@legis.state.ia.us
Home Phone: (563) 391-1627
Cell Phone: (563) 940-0671

Senator Steve Sodders
steve.sodders@legis.state.ia.us
Home Phone: (641) 483-2383

Senator Brian Schoenjahn
brian.schoenjahn@legis.state.ia.us
Home Phone: (563) 633-4065

Senator Tom Rielly
tom.rielly@legis.state.ia.us
Home Phone: (641) 673-5878

Senator Daryl Beall
daryl.beall@legis.state.ia.us
Home Phone: (515) 573-7889

Senator Dennis Black
dennis.black@legis.state.ia.us

Senator Swati Dandekar
swati.dandekar@legis.state.ia.us
Home Phone: (319) 377-2087

Senator Jeff Danielson
jeff.danielson@legis.state.ia.us
Cell Phone: (319) 231-7192

Senator Tom Hancock
tom.hancock@legis.state.ia.us
Home Phone: (563) 876-3219


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Iowa's current homeschool law was passed 20 years ago--back when no
one knew if homeschooling would really work. Because homeschooling
was something of an "unknown", complex control mechanisms were built
into the law. But now that study after study has shown that
homeschooled kids get an exceptional education, those control
mechanisms are simply no longer appropriate.

Iowa's current homeschool law generates a great deal of costly
paperwork that benefits no one in the end. It's costly for officials
because they must process all the paperwork, and it's costly for
families who must spend time on paperwork that they would rather spend
educating their kids.

The law's complexity produces frequent conflicts.

Kids in states with simple homeschool laws do just as well
academically as kids in states with complex, burdensome laws like
Iowa.

The Independent Private Instruction option (IPI) would allow a family
to homeschool without filling out the CPI form every year, without
turning in a year-end assessment, and without having to hire a
supervising teacher. Families in many other states--for example,
Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin already enjoy
the benefits of a homeschool law that is simpler than Iowa's.

Iowa's families are close to a kind of freedom that is enjoyed right
now only in other states.


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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