From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/8/2013 3:53:04 PM
Dee Black--HSLDA
Mississippi: Calls Needed to Oppose Homeschool Curriculum Bill

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Mississippi: Calls Needed to Oppose Homeschool Curriculum Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls are needed to stop Mississippi House Bill 637, which would
require all students, including those in a home instruction program,
to take and pass a course in personal finance before earning a high
school diploma. The bill states that the State Board of Education
shall implement a "financial literacy curriculum" by the 2014-2015
school year.

While the concept of teaching financial responsibility is a good idea,
this bill is objectionable for at least three reasons. First,
Mississippi law does not now mandate any courses to be taught in a
home instruction program, so this would be the first required course.
Second, and even more significant, the content of this course would be
prescribed by the State Board of Education. Homeschoolers would not be
permitted to choose the curriculum that is compatible with their
values and philosophy. Third, for the first time in the history of
Mississippi homeschooling, the state would impose a requirement for a
student to receive a diploma from a home instruction program.

Unfortunately, House Bill 637 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, it is on the House calendar for
today. The deadline for original floor action by the House is this
coming Thursday, February 14, so we know it will come up soon. Members
of the House need to know that homeschooling families oppose this
unnecessary imposition of a required course and graduation
requirements for home instruction programs.


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

"Please vote against House Bill 637 which would require students in a
home instruction program to take and pass a course in personal finance
developed by the State Board of Education. No homeschool student would
be permitted to receive a high school diploma without first passing
this course. Parents who are homeschooling should be able to choose
course materials for subjects taught."

You can find your state representative's contact information at .

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 .

Please call or email today!


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
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