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2/27/2013 4:21:07 PM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
Iowa--Call to Support Families in Crisis

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Iowa--Call to Support Families in Crisis

Dear HSDLA Members and Friends:

By the grace of God, your family will never experience the tragedy of
divorce. But some homeschool families will. For their sake, please
help now.

Sadly, the tragedy of divorce is often multiplied when a judge orders
that a child be yanked out of his customary educational setting at the
request of a disaffected spouse. The child is the loser: he or she is
torn from his haven of stability in a time of turmoil.

Right now, judges in Iowa have blank-check power to order that a child
in a Christian school or home education be put into a public school if
divorcing parents can't agree. Judges don't even have to pay attention
to the fact that jerking a child out of what is normal for him can add
to the trauma they are already suffering.

HF 109 changes that. It requires that a judge change a child's
educational setting only if there is actual evidence that it would be
better for the child. In legal terms, it creates a "rebuttable
presumption" that the child should stay put in his customary
educational setting.

The bill passed its first test in a legislative subcommittee, and now
it will head to the full House Judiciary Committee.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please use this Legislative Toolbox to find who your representative is
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17383
If he or she is listed as a committee member below, please call him or
her no later than Friday, March 1. Your message can be as simple as,
"Please vote YES on HF 109. A child's education setting should not be
changed during a divorce unless there is actual evidence it is better
for the child."

CONTACT INFORMATION--HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

Chip Baltimore (R, District 47), Chair
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

Megan Hess (R, District 2), Vice Chair
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

Mary Wolfe (D, District 98), Ranking Member
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

Dwayne Alons (R, District 4)
Home Phone: 712.439.2479
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

Marti Anderson (D, District 36)
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

Mark Brandenburg (R, District 15)
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

Dave Dawson (D, District 14)
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

Julian Garrett (R, District 25)
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

Tedd Gassman (R, District 7)
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

Chris Hagenow (R, District 43)
Home Phone: 515.274.1652
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

Greg Heartsill (R, District 28)
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

David E. Heaton (R, District 84)
Home Phone: 319.385.9342

Bobby Kaufmann (R, District 73)
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

Vicki S. Lensing (D, District 85)
Home Phone: 319.338.6148
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

Jo Oldson (D, District 41)
Home Phone: 515.255.2805
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

Rick Olson (D, District 31)
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

Tyler Olson (D, District 65)
Home Phone: 319.535.0635
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

Mark D. Smith (D, District 71)
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D, District 45)
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

Matt W. Windschitl (R, District 17)
Home Phone: 712.642.4334
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

Gary Worthan (R, District 11)
Home Phone: 712.732.6340
Capitol Phone: 515.281.3221

BACKGROUND

Sadly, a number of Iowa judges are hostile to any form of Christian
education or homeschooling. We have heard many reports of judges who
philosophically oppose all types of education except a public school.
Right now, there is no way to stop them putting their bias into action
via a court order. A judge's ruling on this issue is virtually
impossible to overturn.

Other judges don't have any particular feeling one way or another
about Christian education or homeschooling, but they lack any clear
direction from the legislature.

HF 109 takes the issue of the child's education out of the realm of
pure discretion and puts it into the realm of evidence. If there is
evidence a child's education should be changed, the bill will allow
the judge to do that. But if he changes the child's education without
evidence, the ruling can be overturned. The judge's power is not
taken away: it is simply channeled toward the facts.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.,
Senior Counsel, HSLDA

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 recommend us? Your support
enables us to defend individual families and protect homeschooling
freedom for all. Join now:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17384

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