UPDATE: MARCH 9, 2018!
Opposition Testimony occurred March 7th at the Capitol and we appreciate everyone who made time in their schedules to testify before the committee, speak to their legislators or fill the hallways of the State House. It was a long day, but people took things in stride and patiently waited for the chance to be heard by the committee. We were especially impressed by the wonderful behavior of all the children who were present with parents!
SO, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
There will be another hearing, but we will not know a specific date until the chairman makes that information available to the public. CHEO will be monitoring the Committee schedule and will let you know as quickly as a date is finalized.
For now, it is imperative to continue making phone calls, sending emails or writing letters to representatives. If you have already communicated with your elected official…reach out to their office again! When you call, let him/her know that (after testimony on this bill) you are now even more convinced of the damage that would be created by the passage of this legislation. Encourage your representative to vote “no” on HB 512!
But we must do more! This piece of legislation doesn’t just negatively affect home educators…it affects every family within the state who has a child in some form of education. We must stand up and demand that our elected representation not be taken away. Please reach out to at least 10 of your friends (homeschool or not) and encourage them to call the State House!
Thank you for all you have done thus far and for your continued efforts!
Melanie Elsey and CHEO’s entire Leadership Team