Originally Sent: 7/2/2014

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Update on Homeschool Bill

Homeschooling in Pennsylvania.

Please contact Senate Education Committee members.

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

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Good news! House Bill 1013, which would significantly improve Pennsylvania’s homeschool law, passed the House of Representatives this past Sunday night by a vote of 133-65. The bill was amended on the floor of the House to authorize approved diploma-granting organizations to award diplomas the same as supervisors of home education programs. This amendment takes nothing away from the homeschool bill as it was originally introduced. Further, HB 1013 does not prohibit parents from continuing to issue diplomas to their children as they have done since the homeschool law was enacted in 1988.

The bill now moves to the Senate where it will first be considered by the Senate Education Committee. We do not know when the committee will take up this bill, but it is important for its members to hear from you now! The Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, composed primarily of local public school superintendents, opposes HB 1013 and is expected to testify against the bill in the Senate Education Committee as they did in the House Education Committee. We want members of the committee to hear overwhelming support of HB 1013 from home educators before opponents of the bill begin to contact them.

Not only do we want the Senate Education Committee and the Senate to pass HB 1013, we want them to pass it without any further amendments. If the committee or the full Senate amends the bill, it will have to be passed by the House again.

Action Requested

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

“Please vote for House Bill 1013 without 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.”

(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.

Members of the Senate Education Committee:

Sen. Mike Folmer, Chair
Email at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=43029
(717) 787-5708

Sen. Andrew E. Dinniman, Minority Chair
Email at andy@pasenate.com
(717) 787-5709

Sen. Lloyd K. Smucker, Vice Chair
Email at lsmucker@pasen.gov
(717) 787-6535

Sen. Joseph B. Scarnati, III, Ex-Officio
Email at jscarnati@pasen.gov
(717) 787-7084

Sen. Patrick M. Browne
Email at pbrowne@pasen.gov
(717) 787-1349

Sen. Jake Corman
Email at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=43030
(717) 787-1377

Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf
Email at sgreenleaf@pasen.gov
(717) 787-6599

Sen. Robert M. Tomlinson
Email at rtomlinson@pasen.gov
(717) 787-5072

Sen. Daylin Leach
Email at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=43031
(717) 787-5544

Sen. Rob Teplitz
Email at senatorteplitz@pasenate.com
(717) 787-6801

Sen. Anthony H. Williams
Email at williams@pasenate.com
(717) 787-5970

View the current version of House Bill 1013.

Please call or email today!

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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