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2/8/2013 3:13:30 PM
Dee Black--HSLDA
Mississippi: Calls Needed to Oppose Child Screening Bill

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Mississippi: Calls Needed to Oppose Child Screening Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls and emails are needed to stop Mississippi House Bill 896,
which would create a speech-language therapy program. The summary of
the bill states that it will require that "all compulsory-school-age
children be screened for speech-language impairment during the period
between the spring of kindergarten and the fall of grade 1 and other
appropriate times as deemed necessary in the public schools of this
state." The actual language of the bill in Section 8 says that each
school district will ensure that screening is done. It is unclear
whether the intent of the bill is to require screening of nonpublic
school students such as those in a home instruction program, but it
certainly could be interpreted that way.

Another problem with the bill appears in Section 3 which says that
parents may exercise the option to remove their child from public
school to be enrolled in a nonpublic school (e.g. a home instruction
program), so long as it meets public school standards for meeting the
learning needs of children with a speech language impairment. Public
school standards should not be imposed on homeschooling families.

Unfortunately, House Bill 896 passed the House Education Committee on
February 5. It is now in the full House of Representatives where it
may be voted on at any time. In fact, the deadline for original floor
action by the House is this coming Thursday, February 14. Members of
the House need to know that Mississippi families oppose this mandatory
screening of children.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please call and/or email your state representative with this
message or something similar in your own words:

"Please vote against House Bill 896 which would require that all
children undergo mandatory screening for speech-language impairment
between kindergarten and 1st grade and at other times deemed necessary
by public school officials. Parents are well able to determine if
their child has an impairment and to seek appropriate treatment."

When contacting your state representative, it is not necessary to
identify yourself as a homeschooler. This issue is broader than
homeschooling. This is a parental rights issue affecting all
Mississippi families with children.

You can find your state representative's contact information at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17150 .

2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact their state representative
about this bill.

To view the text of this bill, please go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17149 .

Please call or email today!


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

P.S. We greatly value you and your support--it is a privilege to serve
you! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you
consider taking a moment today to join or to recommend us as we defend
the rights of homeschooling families? Join now:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17146

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Join HSLDA today-we'll watch out for your future.

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