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5/3/01 5:36:12 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Alert Update: Victory Report from Capitol Hill

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From the HSLDA@Capitol Hill E-lert Service...
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May 3, 2001

Alert Update: Victory Report from Capitol Hill

Your calls have made the difference! Please STOP calling your
congressman! Home schoolers are now fully protected from federal
control in H.R. 1. Praise the Lord!

HSLDA's Doug Domenech and Caleb Kershner have just reported from
Capitol Hill that the House Education and Workforce Committee has
unanimously accepted a two-part amendment offered by Congressman Pete
Hoekstra (MI) to boost the protection of home school families.

Part one of the amendment added language that includes protection for
home schoolers from testing requirements in the bill, "whether or not
a home school is treated as a home school or a private school under
state law." This private school distinction is important in states
that recognize home schools as private schools and provides the
maximum protection for home schoolers in all 50 states from "any
assessments referenced in this act."

Part two of the amendment includes language that protects home
schoolers from federal control in "this Act or any other Act
administered by the Department of Education." This exempts home
schoolers from controls in all federal education acts.

You prayers and calls have made the difference. One congressional
office reported to HSLDA that they were receiving 10 calls per minute
from home schoolers asking for support on these amendments. As
recently as 12:30 p.m. today, the House Education and Workforce
Committee staff was telling HSLDA that there was no way that many of
the committee members would agree to this amendment. However, as Doug
and Caleb just phoned in, the committee approved this amendment
unanimously.

Again, thanks for your action. We urge you to write a note of thanks
if your member of Congress is on the House Education Workforce
Committee. Because of your faithfulness, home schoolers are again
protected from federal control.

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Home School Legal Defense Association
P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, Virginia 20134
540-338-5600
www.hslda.org
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