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5/31/2012 10:12:58 AM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
New Jersey--Update on A 2881

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New Jersey--Update on A 2881

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Thank you for your quick response to this threatening bill!

Despite the powerful, compelling testimony offered by many homeschool
moms and dads on May 14, the Assembly Women and Children Committee
voted in favor of allowing A2881 to move ahead in the legislative
process. During the hearing, however, the bill's sponsor,
Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt, agreed to meet with homeschool
representatives, as I had requested prior to the hearing.

Making good on her commitment, on Friday, May 25, Lampitt met with
several members of the New Jersey Homeschool Task Force, including me.
After listening to our concerns receptively, Lampitt agreed to put off
any further efforts to push her bill and to engage in discussions
toward trying to rework the bill to make it acceptable.

We anticipate that one or more meetings will be held in the near
future involving Lampitt (or one of her staffers), one or more
representatives of the Home School Task Force, a representative of
DYFS, and a representative of Advocates for Children of New Jersey.

Our hope is to develop language that removes the troublesome features
of the bill and keeps and expands the good parts. State regulation
N.J.A.C. 10:122C-6.3(a)(3) currently prohibits DYFS from allowing any
foster family from homeschooling a foster child, without exception.
This one-size-fits-all approach is not in the best interest of foster
children. If the troublesome aspects of A 2881 can be removed, it
could become the gateway for once again allowing foster families to
homeschool foster children under appropriate circumstances.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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