Thursday, October 09, 2008

Latest Update on NJ A. 3123 Homeschool Bill

Please see previous posts for lists of legislators who still need phone calls! Please do NOT call Assemblyman Deignan. He has publicly stated that he opposes the bill. I want to personally thank everyone who has called or written their Assemblyman, and for those outside NJ who are supporting us.

Latest Update on NJ A. 3123 from the Education Network Of Christian Homeschoolers of NJ (ENOCH).

Thank you! We've gotten many reports of the many phone calls received by our lawmakers today. Our message is definitely being heard!

I have received many emails about some pretty disturbing rumors circulating through email or the loops. One of the most disturbing, said that the Chairman of the Assembly Education committee has decided to "fast track" this bill and would be pushing it through the legislative process as quickly as possible. We have attempted to verify this rumor, and so far we have not been able to get anyone in Assemblyman Joseph Cryan's office to validate this rumor. As far as we can ascertain, this rumor is false. While the task force certainly does not have an inside track to the legislature, we are committed to checking our facts before disseminating any news. Before responding to any alarming news, look for a note or an alert from one of the task force members attesting to its validity.

If you have not made your phone calls today, or you were unable to get through, please continue to try tomorrow.

The list of organizations and representatives on the task force have been listed before but here they are again:

Kevin Kiernan, Catholic Homeschoolers of New Jersey (CHNJ); Carolee Adams, Eagle Forum of New Jersey; Mark August, Education Network Of Christian Homeschooler (ENOCH) of New Jersey; Scott Woodruff, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA); Nan McVicker, New Jersey Homeschool Association (NJHA); Nancy Plent, Unschoolers Network

As a Christian, I cannot emphasis enough how much effect your prayers are having and will continue to have. Please continue to pray for our lawmakers.

I thank you, as well, that so far, the only reports I am receiving from legislators' offices is that your message is coming across strongly, yet not arrogantly or angrily. Well done.

Proverbs 25:16 "By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue breaks the bone." Let us continue to be persuasive and break some bones!

Your fellow servant,

Mark August

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