From the HSLDA E-lert Service:
< BACK TO ARCHIVE

Date:
From:
Subject:

2/21/2012 4:24:55 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rhode Island: Help Reverse Onerous New Demands in East Greenwich

======================================================================
From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
======================================================================


Rhode Island--Help Reverse Onerous New Demands in East Greenwich


The new policy is an immediate threat to your freedom to homeschool
your children.

Dear HSLDA members and friends in East Greenwich:

Without even talking to the families who would be affected, the East
Greenwich school committee rushed through a major homeschool policy
change while you were resting over Christmas and New Years! Now we
need your help to turn the tide.

Some of the unreasonable new demands are itemized below. Every
homeschool family will find its burden increased, and its privacy
invaded, if this policy is not immediately suspended and a task force
appointed to develop an alternative policy based on consensus.

Creating a major new policy with no notice to those affected, without
the consent of the governed, over the biggest holiday season of the
year--virtually in the dark of the night--should not be tolerated.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call every member of the East Greenwich school committee (phone
numbers below). Ask them to immediately suspend the new policy and
appoint a task force made up of homeschool parents and school
representatives to create a new consensus-based policy.

Send this email to other homeschool families you know in East
Greenwich. We need the help of every East Greenwich homeschool family!

CONTACT INFORMATION--SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Dr. Deidre Gifford, Chair
(401) 885-3016
deidregiff@cox.net

Mr. Robert Durant, Vice-Chair
(401) 885-8450
rdurant@eapdlaw.com

Mr. David Green
(401) 885-0839
avidegsc@gmail.com

Mr. Jack Sommer
(401) 884-0474
ackgsommer@gmail.com

Mrs. Mary Ellen Winters
(401) 885-1111
parkavedoc@aolcom

Mrs. Susan Records
(401) 885-4619
usan.records@cox.net

Mr. Paul Martin, (401) 884-1881

BACKGROUND

Here is a link to the new policy:
http://www.egsd.net/files/702045/home%20school%20policy%20revised%2012
.20.11.pdf

Below are some of the worst demands in the new policy and the
accompanying forms.

Quarterly progress reports are demanded
"Documentation" of progress is demanded
Work samples for each subject are demanded
Information is demanded on many subjects that are not required under
law
A "special" attendance register is demanded
It demands daily attendance records for each quarter
It demands records of hours attended daily
It demands that you state whether you met the required number of days
and hours
The "Home School Request" form demands a detailed description of the
curriculum to be used
It demands that you explain in detail your instructional strategies
It demands that you explain in detail your ability to effectively
instruct your children
It demands that you explain your reason for requesting homeschooling
Once the school committee appoints a task force with homeschool
parents on it, the task force can meet and work on developing a
consensus on what should be in the East Greenwich homeschool policy.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom in Rhode Island!

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
Senior Counsel, Home School Legal Defense Association

and

Peter Kamakawiwoole, Esq.
Attorney, Home School Legal Defense Association

----------------------------------------------------------------------
-> What's the shortest distance between two homeschoolers?

HSLDA's elert service! When threats to homeschool freedoms arise,
you want to be able to respond. We make it possible.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1101

----------------------------------------------------------------------
======================================================================
The HSLDA E-lert Service is a service of:

Home School Legal Defense Association
P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, Virginia 20134
Phone: (540) 338-5600
Fax: (540) 338-2733
Email: info@hslda.org
Web: http://www.hslda.org

----------------------------------------------------------------------
How To Subscribe:

- Subscribe to the HSLDA E-lert Service at our website:

https://secure.hslda.org/hslda/elert/account.asp?Process=Subscribe

- Or send an email with name and complete mailing address to:

subscribe@hslda.org

----------------------------------------------------------------------
Subscription Information:

- You subscribed to the HSLDA E-lert Service as:

##ToAddress##

- To unsubscribe from the HSLDA E-lert Service send an email from
the email address you want to unsubscribe to:

unsubscribe@hslda.org

- To change your email address or make other changes to your
subscription, visit the HSLDA E-lert Service account web page at:

https://secure.hslda.org/hslda/elert/account.asp

----------------------------------------------------------------------
POSTMASTERS: This message is being sent to the most recent address we
have for our subscribers. If this is an invalid email address or you
have other problems, please reply to webmaster@hslda.org.
----------------------------------------------------------------------
DISCLAIMER: This is considered a private and confidential message
from HSLDA to its bonafide HSLDA E-lert Service subscribers.
HSLDA cannot attest to the authenticity of copies posted, forwarded,
or sent by any party other than HSLDA.
----------------------------------------------------------------------
NOTE: Please do not reply or otherwise use this email address;
hslda@hslda.org is for broadcast purposes only and is not intended to
receive incoming messages. We cannot reply to any email sent to this
address. If you have comments or questions, please send email to
info@hslda.org or call HSLDA at 540-338-5600. HSLDA members can also
email staff directly through the Members website at
http://members.hslda.org/contact.asp. Thank you for your cooperation.
======================================================================