Originally Sent: 2/21/2014

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Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members with legal issues in your state. He and his wife homeschooled their children.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends in Iowa:

On February 18, a bill was filed in the Iowa Legislature that would repeal all of last year’s improvements to Iowa’s homeschool law. The new homeschool options would disappear.

If you agree that the new homeschool options deserve to stay, please act today! Help us send a strong message to the lawmakers who have signed as co-sponsors of the bill, House File 2308, that Iowa will not turn the clock back on freedom.

Action Requested

Please send an email to each of the lawmakers below asking them to withdraw their support for HF 2308. If one of them is your own representative, make sure you mention that up front in your email. Use this link to find out who your representative is.

Your message can be as simple as: “Please withdraw your support for HF 2308. Last year’s changes to the Iowa homeschool law cut away useless red tape. HF 2308 would put all that red tape back in place. And red tape doesn’t help the kids. In states with little or no red tape, homeschool students fare just as well academically as in states with moderate or heavy red tape. Nationally, the average homeschooled 8th grader scores at the level of a 12th grader. Please do not line up with those who want to hurt freedom but protect red tape.”

Contact Information—Sponsors of HF 2308

1. Ako Abdul-Samad (D-Des Moines)
House District 35

2. Marti Anderson (D-Des Moines)
House District 36

3. Vicki S. Lensing (D-Iowa City)
House District 85

4. Jerry A. Kearns (D-Keokuk)
House District 83

5. Phyllis Thede (D-Bettendorf)
House District 93

6. Bruce Bearinger (D-Oelwein)
House District 64

7. Patrick Murphy (D-Dubuque)
House District 99

8. Sharon S. Steckman (D-Mason City)
House District 53

9. Patti Ruff (D-McGregor)
House District 56

10. Chris Hall (D-Sioux City)
House District 13

11. Dave Dawson (D-Sioux City)
House District 14

12. Cindy Winckler (D-Davenport)
House District 90

13. Bruce L. Hunter (D-Des Moines)
House District 34

14. Mary Mascher (D-Iowa City)
House District 86

15. Curt Hanson (D-Fairfield)
House District 82

16. Dennis M. Cohoon (D-Burlington)
House District 87)

17. Ruth Ann Gaines (D-Des Moines)
House District 32

18. Frank Wood (D-Eldridge)
House District 92


Last year brought a major overhaul to Iowa’s obsolete homeschool law. Two new homeschool options were established: Independent Private Instruction, and private instruction without filing Form A. These two new options fit squarely within the national trend of simplifying homeschool laws and doing away with red tape.

Last year also witnessed a breakthrough for parent-taught driver education. These changes were enacted with bipartisan support.

Because of the changes, Iowa homeschool families—just like families in Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas—now have the option of homeschooling without sending a list of their children to government officials or submitting year-end assessments.

The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators and HSLDA are united in opposing HF 2308.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

P.S. We greatly value you and your support—it is a privilege to serve you! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider taking a moment today to join or recommend us? Your support enables us to defend individual families threatened by government officials and protect homeschooling freedom for all. Join now >>

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