From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


12/14/2012 3:43:46 PM
Peter K. Kamakawiwoole--HSLDA
Sign Petition to Oppose Outrageous Home Study Policy

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Sign Petition to Oppose Outrageous Home Study Policy

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

You will recall that on July 23, the Vermont Commissioner of Education
sent a memorandum to
homeschoolers, which sought to create new, arbitrary filing deadlines
for homeschoolers, contrary to Vermont's Home Study Statute.

From the outset, HSLDA and the Vermont homeschooling community have
strongly opposed this new policy. Unfortunately, our many appeals--to
both the Department of Education as well as the commissioner
himself--have fallen on deaf ears. Despite several admissions from
the commissioner that the policy was worded more strongly than he
intended, he has steadfastly refused to rescind or revise the
memorandum to bring it into line with Vermont law.

As we prepare for the next stage in the battle for homeschool freedom
in Vermont, I would strongly encourage you to take a few moments and
sign this online petition as a
way of voicing your opposition to the commissioner's memorandum. In
addition to highlighting the commissioner's inconsistent admissions
regarding the memorandum, and how the policy conflicts with Vermont
law, the petition formally requests that the policy be either
rescinded or revised:

"We, the undersigned, respectfully ask that the July 23, 2012
memorandum, entitled 'Clarifying the Process for Enrollment in Vermont
Home Study,' be withdrawn in its entirety, or since the Department and
commissioner have stated there were mistakes in the memo, we request
that the memo be revised to assure Vermont parents that they can send
Vermont Home Study enrollment notices to the Department of Education
at any time during a school year and that the Department will not
simply ignore those notices, but will instead accept and process them
in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Vermont Home Study
Statute and In re T.M., 171 Vt. 1, 756 A.2d 793 (2000) a decision by
the Vermont Supreme Court."

Retta Dunlap is hoping to present this petition at the State Board of
Education's next meeting, this coming Tuesday, December 18, 2012. The
more people who sign onto the petition by Tuesday, the stronger the
message that we will convey.

America's entire system of government is founded upon the idea that we
are governed by written laws, not the whims of political leaders. We
have a legislative process for precisely this purpose. If a family's
fundamental right to choose the education that is best for their
children can be taken away by an informal "memo" written by one
government bureaucrat, then no parental freedoms are safe.

Please take a moment to stand for parental rights, and the ability of
all Vermont families to homeschool, by signing this important


Peter K. Kamakawiwoole, Jr.
Staff Attorney

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