Originally Sent: 10/30/2013

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Public Hearing on Legislative Bill 528

Homeschooling in the District of Columbia.

Stand up for equal treatment for all students.

HSLDA staff attorney Mike Donnelly helps protect homeschool freedom in your community.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The Committee on Education of the Council of the District of Columbia is holding a hearing on Legislative Bill 528 on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Legislative Bill 528 would provide high school students with scholarship grants to attend post-secondary institutions, but excludes homeschool and privately educated students. The act restricts eligibility to those students who have graduated from District public schools. HSLDA supports the equal treatment of children regardless of their form of education. If a scholarship is available to some students it should be available to all students.

If you are concerned about this issue you may wish to attend and testify at the committee hearing or submit written testimony.

The hearing will take place on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. and will be located in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004.

You can give the committee the following message in your own words:

“Legislative Bill 528 excludes privately educated students from eligibility for Promise grants. Families who privately educate their children either in a school or at home are citizens who pay taxes and are members of the community. If we are truly concerned about opportunity for ‘every District student’ then the promise grants should not arbitrarily exclude anyone. Please amend LB 528 to include eligibility for all DC students.”

If you are interested in testifying to the Committee, contact Mr. Jamaal Jordan with the Committee on Education at (202) 724-8061 or via email at JJordan@dccouncil.us by the close of business on Monday, November 11, 2013. You will be asked to provide you name, address, telephone number, and organizational affiliation (if any). The Council encourages, but does not require, those wishing to testify to submit 15 written copies of their testimony.

If you cannot attend the hearing, you can provide a written statement that will be included in the official record. Written statements should be submitted to the Committee on Education, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 119 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004 by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.

Thank you for your support of homeschooling in the District of Columbia!

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Your HSLDA Staff Attorney

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