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July 21, 2006
Daytime Curfew Defeated!

The council of the Borough of Washington rejected a proposed daytime curfew on a 5-1 vote. Homeschoolers helped make the difference!

The defeat was especially important because Washington Borough appeared to be the first municipality in the state to attempt to enact a daytime curfew. If it had succeeded, it could have emboldened other municipalities to follow suit.

Homeschool families turned out to pack the hearing room. The council and members of the press heard nearly two hours of testimony, including the testimony of Mark August, Legislative Liaison of the Education Network of Christian Homeschoolers. The testimony was almost exclusively against the ordinance.

The hearing and the vote were the climax, but it was built on the efforts of many.

Carolee Adams worked quietly with individual members of the council (and also testified at the hearing) to explain why it should not become law. HSLDA attorney Scott Woodruff sent an eight-page legal memorandum to council members and the council attorney explaining how the ordinance jeopardized freedoms protected under the constitution.

This ordinance appeared to have significant momentum. Homeschoolers worked together with a passion to protect freedom, however, and turned the momentum the other way.

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