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8/24/2012 9:16:05 AM
Mike Donnelly--HSLDA
Upton-Mendon Situation Shows that Freedom Demands Vigilance

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Upton-Mendon Situation Shows that Freedom Demands Vigilance

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Do you feel as though relative peace reigns in the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts for homeschoolers? At HSLDA we respond to hundreds of
situations every year where public officials exert excessive or
unnecessary authority over homeschoolers. Below is just one example
of a particularly concerning situation we are addressing right now.
Your prayers and support are appreciated as we work with homeschoolers
in the Mendon-Upton District to resolve this situation, which
demonstrates how important it is for homeschoolers to stay vigilant to
protect the freedoms we have fought for!

On May 7 the Mendon-Upton School Committee revised their homeschool
policy to include several new unlawful and burdensome requirements.
The policy includes requirements to match standards for public
schools, use district-approved notification forms, coordinate meetings
with an administrator who will supervise homeschool programs, and that
no changes may be made to a homeschool program without prior approval
of the school committee or superintendent. This policy goes far
beyond what Massachusetts homeschool law allows.

I have already written to the school superintendent suggesting several
changes and to request that the policy be revised. In response to my
request, and those of other homeschooling families in the district, a
public meeting of the sub-committee is scheduled to review this
policy. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 27 at 5:30 p.m.
in the Professional Development Room at Nipmuc Regional High School
located at 90 Pleasant Street, Upton, MA 01568.

You can review the policy and my letter here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=15535 ).
(http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=15533 )

If you homeschool your children in this or a nearby district, please
consider coming to the meeting. I plan to testify about what law
permits and does not. I hope to encourage the committee to simplify
the policy in accordance with the law. Your attendance will show
support for our cause and encourage the school committee to make
positive changes.

I plan to be at the school at 5:00 p.m. to meet with any homeschoolers
who arrive beforehand. Your public testimony in favor of a simple
policy that respects parental rights to homeschool and removes
unnecessary, burdensome and in some cases unlawful bureaucratic
requirements will be helpful. Together we can protect our freedom!
See you there!

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney


P.S. Without your support we could not advance homeschool freedom. If
you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider
taking a moment today to join or recommend us and support our work
defending individual families threatened by government officials and
protecting homeschooling freedom for all? Join now:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=15534

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