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    Check out the comments on the “Strange Priorities” post.

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    Comment by
    June 26th, 2005
    at 8:53 pm

    The problem is that ya’ll are thinking logically.

    Logic has absolutely nothing to do with PA’s homeschool law. Many of our PA legislators and a few PA homeducrats are determined to keep it that way.

    Comment by
    Roland Nachtigall
    June 27th, 2005
    at 5:50 pm

    Currently,1/2 to 2/3 of PA’s 501 school districts have equal access.

    Equal Access has been lobbied strongly for the past five years. If you read the newspapers, hear some of the tv and radio, there is a homeschool dad named Peter B. Hrycenko (610-437-5223) who rallied the homeschoolers and other interested parties in seeing that those homeschoolers who seek equal access are not rubbed out by school boards across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    A bill passed in the House of Representatives on June 25, 2003, 200-0, but died quietly in the Senate Education Committee.

    Now Senate Bill 361 of Senator Bob Regola has passed from Committee, and out of Senate on June 22, 2005, and will be in the House.

    I have heard from different legislators when I was lobbying for the past couple years that hundreds of homeschoolers had been calling in waves to support the equal access legislation whenever some new move was afoot in the Legislature.

    The legislators aren’t doing the movement of equal access legislation for the sheer exercise in heavy lifting, they are doing it because there is a sense of right and wrong, a sense of urgency, and it would be an awful sin to not have equal access for all homeschoolers who seek it in Pennsylvania.

    Yeah, some homeschoolers don’t want equal access for themselves, but that is no reason to not support it for other homeschoolers who may use it.

    Many homeschool children grow up alongside public school friends and team mates and equal access only better rounds the complete homeschool child.

    Homeschoolers are not cultists,nor are they pasty faced couch potatoes, aren’t locked down on a plantation, and for Christians, it is a great opportunity to witness, as well as prepare for stronger communities.

    The James Dao NYT article was superbly styled, on second glance, with a Russian style sob story about an ex-homeschool family who laments losing their children to the public school castle and wishes they can have their children back… why even pull them out if equal access were available in their school district. (Hear the hooves, a stampede of a dozen homeschoolers rushing home in fiefdoms across the state to simple hearths and waiting arms.) The NYT piece is a shill for attempting to twist money out of the commonwealth, for the public schools, typical NEA ploy, by leading one to believe that equal access costs schools money, pose liabilities, can’t be academically trusted, and other canards that have long been worked out in equal access friendly districts. Equal Access costs virtually nothing. No equal access schools in PA complain about being shortchanged, and that has been born out in committee meetings in the House and Senate since 2001.

    Either the NYT article was outright dishonest or there was a major oversight. Also the writer might well have talked to the fighting homeschool equal access activists who have been slugging it out with vicious school board types here and there, haven’t surrendered and sent their kids to public school just to get the extracurriculars, for a truer picture of equal access in PA.

    Over 14 states have equal access. Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and Florida have the best open doors. Pennsylvania will be next, for a better future.

    Posted by Roland Nachtigall at June 25, 2005 09:37 PM