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3/3/2004 11:05:37 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Tennessee--Victory for Homeschool Freedom - Testing Bill Withdrawn!

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March 3, 2004


Tennessee--Victory for Homeschool Freedom - Testing Bill Withdrawn!


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Your calls made the difference! House Bill 2163, the bill mandating
state testing of homeschool students, was withdrawn by Representative
Turner on Monday, March 1. This action effectively kills the bill for
the remainder of this session. We have also learned that Senator
Roscoe Dixon, sponsor of Senate Bill 2157, has agreed to withdraw his
bill later today.

House Bill 2163, sponsored by Representative Mike Turner, would have
required all non-public high school students to take the Gateway end-
of-course tests in order to graduate from high school. This bill
would not only have mandated testing of all homeschool and church-
related high school students but would also have effectively required
them to conform their curriculum to match that of the public schools.

Thank you for being vigilant to protect our freedom to homeschool.
Your willingness to get involved, together with the hard work of the
Tennessee Home Educator's Association, has stopped the most dangerous
threat to Tennessee homeschooling freedom in recent years.


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel


For more information on this legislation, go to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1380



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