Originally Sent: 3/26/2014

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Lobby for Homeschool Bill

Homeschooling in Pennsylvania

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Senior Counsel Dee Black answers questions and assists members with legal issues. He and his wife homeschooled their children.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

On March 17, 2014, the Pennsylvania House Education Committee conducted a hearing on House Bill 1013, legislation that would remove superintendents from evaluating home education programs. Many homeschooling families attended the hearing to show their support for this important legislation. But more must be done to convince legislators to pass this bill.

On Wednesday, April 2, beginning at 12:30 p.m., the Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP) is sponsoring its Home Education Lobby Program (HELP) at the Capitol in Harrisburg. Homeschooling families attending the 2014 CHAP HELP Day will have the opportunity to meet their state legislators and express their support of HB 1013. Additionally, at 2:30 p.m. that day, we will have a town hall meeting in the rotunda, at which time I will speak briefly on the history of the homeschool law in Pennsylvania and address any questions about the current legislation. I look forward to seeing you there. To get more information about the lobbying event, please click here.

The House Education Committee has not yet voted on HB 1013. Members of the Committee need to know that homeschoolers want them to take action and vote in favor of this legislation. If it does not pass this session, it is unlikely that it or a similar bill will pass in the foreseeable future.

Action Requested

(1) Please call or email (both would be better) members of the House Education Committee with this message or something similar in your own words:

“Please vote for House Bill 1013 which would improve the homeschool law of Pennsylvania. It would remove the unnecessary double evaluation of home education programs and streamline administrative procedures for both school districts and parents.”

If your last name begins with A-K, please contact:

Hon. Paul I. Clymer, Chair
Email at pclymer@pahousegop.com
(717) 783-3154

Hon. James R. Roebuck Jr., Democratic Chair
Email at http://www.pahouse.com/contact/viaLDPC.asp?district=188
(717) 783-1000

Hon. Will Tallman, Secretary
Email at Wtallman@pahousegop.com
(717) 783-8875

Hon. Jim Christiana, Subcommittee Chair on Higher Education
Email at jchristi@pahousegop.com
(717) 260-6144

Hon. Bernie O’Neill, Subcommittee Chair on Basic Education
Email at boneill@pahousegop.com
(717) 705-7170

Hon. Kathy L. Rapp, Subcommittee Chair on Special Education
Email at http://www.reprapp.com/contact.aspx
(717) 787-1367

Hon. Ryan P. Aument
Email at http://www.repaument.com/contact.aspx
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2041

Hon. Joe Emrick
Email at Jemrick@pahousegop.com
(717) 260-6159

If your last name begins with L-Z, please contact:

Hon. Harold A. English
Email at http://www.repenglish.com/contact.aspx
(717) 260-6407

Hon. Mike Fleck
Email at mfleck@pahousegop.com
(717) 787-3335

Hon. Mark M. Gillen
Email at http://www.repgillen.com/contact.aspx
(717) 787-8550

Hon. Seth M. Grove
Email at http://www.repgrove.com/contact.aspx
(717) 783-2655

Hon. Mike Reese
Email at Mreese@pahousegop.com
(717) 783-9311

Hon. Todd Rock
Email at trock@pahousegop.com
(717) 783-5218

Hon. Justin J. Simmons
Email at http://www.repsimmons.com/contact.aspx
(717) 783-1673

Hon. Dan Truitt
Email at Dtruitt@pahousegop.com
(717) 260-6164

(2) Please forward this email to other homeschooling families who are not members of HSLDA and ask them to contact members of the committee as well.

View the text of House Bill 1013.

Please call or email today!

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
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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