Originally Sent: 3/6/2014

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Homeschooling in New York

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TJ Schmidt
Staff Attorney Tj Schmidt answers questions and assists members with legal issues in your state. He and his wife homeschool their children.
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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

On March 18 New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation will be sponsoring a Legislative Day. A strong contingent from the New York State Loving Education at Home (NYS LEAH) and the New York State Coordinator for Parental Rights (ParentalRights.org) will be there as well. Won’t you make your plans to come today? Go online to register today.

I strongly believe that it is important for homeschool families to be involved in the Legislative Day at the Capitol on March 18. Legislators need to see vibrant homeschooling families at the Capitol. When legislators meet real homeschooling families they have a better foundation on which to make decisions regarding legislation that impacts all of us.

There are several bills that would impact homeschooling currently in the New York Legislature. The most concerning bill would lower the compulsory school attendance age in Buffalo to 3 years and 9 months. Most of the remaining bills involve allowing homeschool students to participate in extracurricular activities or their local BOCES programs. While HSLDA is currently neutral about the extracurricular bills, we track and monitor all legislation that would impact homeschooling.

We continue to work closely with NYS LEAH regarding these bills and others that occasionally come to our attention. We continue to look at ways to positively impact homeschooling freedom in New York both in and out of the legislature. It is my hope that we can work towards reducing homeschool regulation in New York for the benefit of all homeschooling families in the near future.

However, if we are to protect against further encroachment in New York and work towards greater homeschool freedom it is vital that homeschool families have an impact in the New York Legislature. This is why it is so important for you to be involved in the upcoming New York Legislative Day. Please make your plans to come today! For more information from NYS LEAH please go here.

Requested Action

1. Come to the Legislative Day at the Capitol on March 18, 2014, to participate with NYS LEAH and New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation. You can register for the event online.

2. If you can’t come to the Legislative Day at the Capitol, please pray for the event. Educate yourself about the legislation that is being considered in the New York Legislature that will impact homeschoolers and parental rights by going here.

If you are not yet a member of HSLDA and would like to help us fight for greater parental rights and homeschool freedom in New York please join today.

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Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in New York! Feel free to forward this to your friends who are homeschooling but may not be part of HSLDA, or NYS LEAH.

Sincerely,

Thomas J (Tj) Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney


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