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FW: New Mexico--Urgent Action Still Needed to Stop

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  • AMI SEGNA
    Thought this might be of interest to some of you. Why on earth the MVD should be involved with, much less have access to, my child s academic records is beyond
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 24, 2008
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      Thought this might be of interest to some of you. Why on earth the MVD should be involved with, much less have access to, my child's academic records is beyond me.

      > From: hslda@...
      > To: amisegna1@...
      > Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2008 16:29:23 -0400
      > Subject: New Mexico--Urgent Action Still Needed to Stop
      >
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      > From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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      >
      > October 24, 2008
      >
      > New Mexico--Urgent Action Still Needed
      > to Stop 'Backdoor' Homeschool Restriction
      >
      > Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:
      >
      > We still have time to stop a proposed regulation which will require
      > homeschoolers seeking driver permits to be academically tested!
      >
      > Yesterday, the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department (under which
      > the Motor Vehicle Division falls) conducted a hearing on the proposed
      > changes to the requirements for obtaining a driver's permit.
      >
      > Christian Association of Parent Educators (CAPE) representatives
      > Eugene Like, Susan Tsyitee, and Ramon and Betty Martinez testified at
      > the hearing to advocate for homeschoolers and persuaded the Department
      > to extend the public comment period to next Friday, October 31.
      >
      > The general counsel of the New Mexico Public Education Department
      > (PED) representative attended the hearing to argue for the change,
      > which the PED believes will help improve public school academics and
      > attendance. Because homeschoolers have earned the right to regulate
      > themselves, the proposed regulation should be amended in order to
      > preserve homeschool freedom.
      >
      > We are working closely with CAPE to launch this next strike in order
      > to stop this 'backdoor' erosion of our homeschooling freedoms.
      >
      > ACTION REQUESTED
      >
      > 1. From Monday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 31, email the
      > Taxation and Revenue Department at john.griego1@... to ask
      > that the following language replace the current language addressing
      > homeschoolers:
      >
      > 'Self-certification: Home school operators, i.e. parents or
      > guardians, and private schools administrators will certify 90%
      > attendance and an assessment-based academic proficiency with their
      > signatures on a unique non-public certification form that will not
      > include access to private records, or require PED-approved
      > assessments.'
      >
      > Copy your email to CAPE at info@... so that they can track the
      > comments being submitted.
      >
      > 2. Since he has final authority over the Taxation and Revenue
      > Department, we urge you to call Governor Bill Richardson at (505)
      > 476-2200 and give him this message: 'Please ask the Taxation and
      > Revenue Department to adopt the homeschool amendment to the proposed
      > driver permit regulation in order to allow them to self-certify their
      > student's academic standing and preserve their freedom.'
      >
      > Forward this email to everyone who is involved in private or home
      > education, and encourage them to get involved.
      >
      >
      > BACKGROUND
      >
      > The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division ('MVD'), through the New Mexico
      > Taxation and Revenue Department, has proposed changes to the state's
      > administrative code to require minor applicants for a driver's permit
      > to provide certification of 'near proficiency' in math and reading and
      > 90% school attendance during 9th grade. 'Proficiency' is to be
      > determined by the scores of an 8th grade public school test or
      > 'alternative test.' The new rule also requires parents to 'consent
      > for the release of any educational information to the director.'
      >
      > Failure to certify either will result in a six-month delay in
      > obtaining the permit and failure to certify in both will cause a
      > 12-month delay. The new rule would go into effect for applications
      > submitted after September 1, 2011.
      >
      > The MVD is proposing this new rule to motivate students to attend
      > school and to become 'near-proficient' in reading and math. A driver
      > permit is the reward for doing so.
      >
      > However, this rule causes obvious problems for homeschoolers and
      > private schools.
      >
      > First, homeschool and private school teachers do not need help
      > motivating their own students. Second, students' right to privacy is
      > violated by the requirement to allow access to school records. Third,
      > imposing academic proficiency standards infringes upon private
      > educators' freedom to individually tailor their curriculum and
      > teaching methods. Fourth, attaching the right to drive to
      > state-determined academic standards restricts a parent's right to
      > determine when his or her child has earned the privilege of driving
      > (subject to driver education and testing).
      >
      > HSLDA and CAPE are proposing that homeschool and private school
      > administrators be able to certify with their signatures that their
      > children have 90% attendance in 9th grade and that their students are
      > proficient in math and reading on a form that does not include access
      > to private records.
      >
      > CAPE has contacted nonpublic schools in New Mexico asking them to join
      > home educators in advocating this.
      >
      > Thank you for your support of homeschooling freedom in New Mexico!
      >
      > Sincerely,
      >
      > Chris Klicka
      > HSLDA Senior Counsel
      >
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