Originally Sent: 11/6/2013

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

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The D.C. Council is moving swiftly to pass Legislative Bill 528, and your action is needed to ensure equal rights for homeschool students. 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.

The D.C. Home Educators Association (DCHEA) is partnering with several other advocacy groups to launch a petition against excluding homeschool and private school students from the scholarship program. You can read and sign the petition online.

Their goal is 2,000 signatures—will you help them reach that go by signing the petition right now?

If you are able, you can also attend the committee hearing on the bill on November 13. The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004.

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, DC 20004 by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.

For more information, visit the DCHEA website.

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

Very Truly Yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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