From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/21/2013 3:00:46 PM
Dee Black--HSLDA
Mississippi: Child Screening Bill Still a Threat to Homeschoolers

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Child Screening Bill Still a Threat to Homeschoolers

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

I am sorry to report to you that Mississippi House Bill 896, which
could lead to mandatory speech-language screening for all children,
passed the House of Representatives on February 13 and is now in the
Senate Education Committee. Your calls and emails are needed to stop
this overreaching legislation.

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.

Members of the Senate Education Committee need to know that
Mississippi families oppose this mandatory screening of children.
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 896 which would require that all
children undergo mandatory screening for speech-language impairment
between kindergarten and first 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

When contacting members of the committee, 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.

The members of the Senate Education Committee are as follows:

Gray Tollison, Chairman
(601) 359-3244

Nancy Adams Collins, Vice-Chairman
(601) 359-2395

David Blount
(601) 359-3232

Terry C. Burton
(601) 359-3234

Videt Carmichael
(601) 359-3244

Steve Hale
(601) 359-3252

Angela Burks Hill
(601) 359-3226

W. Briggs Hopson, III
(601) 359-3237

Russell Jolly
(601) 359-2886

David Jordan
(601) 359-3244

Chris Massey
(601) 359-2886

John A. Polk
(601) 359-3246

Tony Smith
(601) 359-2886

Brice Wiggins
(601) 359-3232

J.P. Wilemon, Jr.
(601) 359-3232

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 >>

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
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