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July 1, 2003
New York Homeschool Freedom Bill Carried Over to Next Year

It was close, but we ran out of time in the 2003 legislative session. The Homeschool Freedom bill did not get voted on in the Assembly, causing it to be carried over until next January.

Senator Kuhl's office (the Senate sponsor) has told us the Homeschool Freedom bill will retain the same bill numbers, SB 2060 and AB 4598, and be ready for action in early next year. (They informed us there is even the slight possibility that the bill may still be considered this year if the legislature is called back into session this Fall.)

SB 2060 passed in the Senate on June 2, 2003, by a 62-0 vote.

Unfortunately, members of the Assembly received calls from those opposing this legislation. Assembly members must get the message that the overwhelming majority of home educators in New York do not want to continue with the oppressive, unnecessary state oversight in the current law.

It is not uncommon for a homeschool bill or any positive legislation to take three or four years to pass.

Remember the principle in Luke 18 of the widow at the judge's door. "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God or respect man. And there was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him saying, 'Give me legal protection from my opponent.' And for awhile he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, 'Even though I do not fear nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, lest by continually coming she wear me out.'" (Luke 18:2-5).

Homeschoolers have faithfully applied this principle. This is largely why so many excellent homeschool bills have been passed throughout the country, including this year's new homeschool laws in Maine and West Virginia.

We cannot accept "no" for an answer. More freedom is our goal. We cannot settle for the status quo.

To see more information on these and other bills HSLDA is monitoring in New York, visit our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/NY/default.asp