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5/31/2013 6:04:47 PM
HSLDA--Scott Woodruff
MAINE: Does HSLDA really protect families?

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Speaker Asks if HSLDA Really Protects Families

Dear Maine HSLDA Members and Friends:

I recently received an email from a member concerned about something
she heard at the May 11 homeschool conference. A speaker had
questioned HSLDA's commitment to helping our members when they need
legal assistance. She later admitted that her criticism had been based
only on hearsay. I want to share my response to our member's concerns
with you.

HSLDA's core mission is to defend and advance the constitutional
rights of parents to direct the education of their children and to
protect family freedoms. Our goal and commitment has not changed since
our founding in 1983.

That means if a prosecutor, truant officer, social worker, police
officer, school superintendent, etc., alleges that a member's
homeschool program is not legal, HSLDA provides legal representation
at no cost through the trial stage. You can count on that!

If further action is necessary, we re-evaluate with our member family
and decide if HSLDA will continue its representation.

Actions speak louder than words. Today, after HSLDA's representation
at trial and two appeals, the Nebraska Supreme Court threw out the
government's claim that Eric Thacker and Gail Morgan-Thacker violated
the state's compulsory attendance law by waiting until November to
start homeschooling. (Read more about this case here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18706 )

Our attorneys are on call 24/7 so that in moments of crisis we can
help: when any official first shows up on your doorstep or even the
hospital. If we are involved at once, we can often prevent the
situation from escalating and help you work toward the best possible
outcome for your children.

Once the initial crisis is over, if the issue is not
homeschooling-related, we make available a list of local attorneys the
member might hire. You can count on us remaining involved if the
allegations involve educational neglect or violating the homeschool
law.

Unfortunately, we are not able to represent members in often
heart-breaking family disputes over homeschooling such as custody
cases, but we do provide helpful legal research to your own custody
attorney.

Every day we strive to deserve the support of the 80,000 families who
trust us. We take that trust seriously and we look forward to serving
the homeschool community for many years to come.

Learn more about how HSLDA helps our members:

FAQs: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18707
More about the Thacker case: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18706

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.,
Senior Counsel,
Home School Legal Defense Association

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=17946

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-> How many news articles did you read this morning over your
oatmeal?

We live in a world where concise information presented at the
right time can make a big difference in the outcome of important
legislative efforts. Yet it's tough to keep up with all the
issues that affect you. HSLDA does this for you in the areas that
affect your homeschool. Our emails and website enable you to
take quick, decisive action. Please consider becoming a part of
this team.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1923

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