Originally Sent: 4/3/2014

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Update on Homeschool Bill

Homeschooling in Pennsylvania

Your calls are needed.

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

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Yesterday I was privileged to attend and speak at the Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP) lobbying event in the rotunda at the Capitol in Harrisburg. We were honored to have Rep. Mark Gillen, chief sponsor of House Bill 1013, and Rep. Jesse Topper, a homeschool graduate, speak to the group about the status of the homeschool bill and provide lobbying tips to move the bill along. As many of you know, Rep. Gillen is a homeschool father who is passionate about improving Pennsylvania’s homeschool law and particularly about getting the needed changes to the law in HB 1013. The homeschool community is fortunate to have such an advocate in the legislature.

The immediate need for HB 1013 is for the chairman of the House Education Committee, Rep. Paul Clymer, to schedule a vote on this bill in order for it to move forward. Given the thousands of bills filed in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, it is absolutely critical to the success of HB 1013 that members of the committee hear from homeschoolers about scheduling a vote on it. The calls and emails they’ve received thus far have not gotten their attention. They need to hear from thousands of homeschoolers.

Another immediate concern is that there are now discussions within the committee to amend HB 1013 in such a way that it would not eliminate the evaluation of portfolios by superintendents. This would destroy the main purpose of the bill. HB 1013 needs to pass without any amendments!

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 schedule a vote on House Bill 1013 and vote for it without any amendments. It would improve the homeschool law of Pennsylvania by removing the unnecessary double evaluation of home education programs and requiring that homeschool diplomas be recognized by the Commonwealth.”

Regardless of what letter your last name begins with, please send this message to or call Rep. Clymer, whose contact information is first on the list below.

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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