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2/21/2013 2:38:47 PM
Dee Black--HSLDA
Mississippi: Calls Needed--Homeschool Curriculum Bill Passes House

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Calls Needed--Homeschool Curriculum Bill Passes House

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Despite a well-intended effort in the House Education Committee to
remove nonpublic schools from the effects of Mississippi House Bill
637, which would impose curriculum and graduation requirements on
homeschoolers, this bill remains as much of a threat to your freedom
as it ever did. It passed the House of Representatives on February 13
and is now being considered by the Senate Education Committee. Your
calls and emails to members of the committee are needed to stop this
bill before it goes any further.

House Bill 637 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.

Members of the Senate Education Committee need to know that
homeschooling families oppose this unnecessary imposition of a
required course and graduation requirements for home instruction
programs.
Action Requested

1. Please call and/or email members of the Senate Education Committee
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."

Gray Tollison, Chairman
(601) 359-3244
gtollison@senate.ms.gov

Nancy Adams Collins, Vice-Chairman
(601) 359-2395
ncollins@senate.ms.gov

David Blount
(601) 359-3232
dblount@senate.ms.gov

Terry C. Burton
(601) 359-3234
tburton@senate.ms.gov

Videt Carmichael
(601) 359-3244
vcarmichael@senate.ms.gov

Steve Hale
(601) 359-3252
shale@senate.ms.gov

Angela Burks Hill
(601) 359-3226
ahill@senate.ms.gov

W. Briggs Hopson, III
(601) 359-3237
bhopson@senate.ms.gov

Russell Jolly
(601) 359-2886
rjolly@senate.ms.gov

David Jordan
(601) 359-3244
djordan@senate.ms.gov

Chris Massey
(601) 359-2886
cmassey@senate.ms.gov

John A. Polk
(601) 359-3246
jpolk@senate.ms.gov

Tony Smith
(601) 359-2886
tsmith@senate.ms.gov

Brice Wiggins
(601) 359-3232
bwiggins@senate.ms.gov

J.P. Wilemon, Jr.
(601) 359-3232
jwilemon@senate.ms.gov

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

View the text of this bill: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17305

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=17306

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