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    Filed at 7:18 am under by dcobranchi

    As I expected, NHELD is involved.

    The governor’s office fielded about 60 phone calls Wednesday from homeschoolers unhappy with the way local school officials are treating them.

    The call-in, orchestrated by a national home education association with Connecticut roots, asked Gov. M. Jodi Rell to direct school districts to stop requiring letters of intent from homeschoolers and eliminate misleading language in the state law that allows home schooling.

    “From what I understand, it went well,” said Deborah G. Stevenson, a Southbury attorney who is representing a Bridgeport homeschooling family. Stevenson is also director of National Home Education Legal Defense.

    3 Responses to “CT UPDATE”

    Comment by
    June 23rd, 2005
    at 11:26 am

    I can’t tell is that a positive or negative for NHELD I don’t want to jump to wrong conclusions.


    Comment by
    Judy Aron
    June 23rd, 2005
    at 8:16 pm

    OK Guys here is the 411…
    The Governor of CT (M. Jodi Rell) has been sent a strong message. Parents want accurate information disseminated to public school districts, and they want public school districts to acknowledge withdrawals.

    When an aide to the Governor was asked if the Governor plans to respond to the calls, the aide indicated that the Governor was aware of the messages and that she was going to “wait for the Attorney General’s opinion before responding further, although she does support homeschooling.”

    As for the Attorney General’s opinion, NHELD wrote his office on June 8, 2005 requesting further information as to what he has been asked to do, whether he will be issuing an “opinion”, and when he would be doing so. To date, the Attorney General has not responded to that letter.

    It is NHELD’s contention that the Attorney General cannot make a ruling on the statute 10-184s (or regarding withdrawal) because his office has represented the school districts and DOE in court when the families were being prosecuted for not filing a Notice of Intent and when they were considered truant even though they submitted a letter of Withdrawal- Therefore he and his office cannot issue an unbiased ruling. NHELD will be very vocal on this.

    NHELD will continue to keep you informed about events as they occur.

    For now, we need to continue to “educate” all those in government about what the law actually says, what the law does not say, and that “Suggested Procedures” are just that, “suggested”.

    if anyone has any questions or would like further information about what we have been fighting this legislative session please contact me (imjfaron@sbcglobal.net) or Deborah Stevenson (info@nheld)

    This is really important to ALL of us – not just in CT – because what we are seeing is that DOE’s are beginning to make withdrawal “conditional” and today they may ask for a Notice of Intent to be signed and tomorrow they can ask for (Daryl won’t believe this) psychological tests or who knows what elese before one can leave the public school. This amounts to nothing more than coersion, control and abuse of authority, while they hold millions of school kids hostage until you meet their demands..

    Comment by
    June 24th, 2005
    at 3:45 pm

    Note that the scenario Judy suggests (tho’ not specificaly the psychological tests part) is very similar to what was happening in PWC — officials upping the ante and creating the expectation of meeting the (illegal or extra-legal) requirement thru harrassment — meanwhile saying the kids can’t leave school.