anathemad: (Homeschooling - evolved)
Yes I am aware of it. I have been for a few days. I am still processing and forming opinions and thoughts. The full text of it is here for those interested.

ETA: Also available for those that are interested is the New Jersey Department of Education Homeschool FAQ for the Law as it stands now.

Below is the full text of an update I just received: (emphasis in bold mine)
New Jersey Assembly Bill 3123 - UPDATE #1

In 2004, a task force consisting of leaders of various State level
organizations in New Jersey, spearheaded the effort to oppose anti-
homeschool freedom legislation.

That task force has convened again, has communicated by a series of
emails, and an hour long conference phone conversation this
afternoon. Our goal today, as it has always been, is to oppose any
legislation which threatens homeschool freedoms in New Jersey. Our
motto remains the same: "Many Voices - One Message." That message
is that homeschooling in New Jersey has worked for 40 years without
government interference and none is needed now.
Just like we did in
2004, to be most effective, homeschoolers in New Jersey need to
bring our united message to our respected lawmakers in a united way.

The task force consists of (in alphabetical order by organization
name):

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

What we are doing:

We are speaking to New Jersey lawmakers.
We are attempting to gather information about the motive behind this
legislation at this particular time.
We are preparing material to distribute to you, which will help you
better communicate arguments against this oppressive legislation.
We are trying to coordinate efforts - so that the lawmakers involved
in this legislation will receive a coordinated, powerful message
outlining our opposition.

What we know:

The bill was introduced and immediately sent to the Education
Committee, which will not meet again until October 16. There is no
information about whether this bill will be discussed at that
meeting. Right now many of the legislators are unavailable because
of the current religious holidays. Because this bill was sent to a
committee, most of the legislators have no knowledge of this bill.

Many of you have been asking, "What can we do?!!!!"

What we are planning:

While we are hoping that it will not be necessary, we are planning
to ask all homeschoolers in New Jersey to join us in a coordinated
email, phone, letter writing campaign targeted to those lawmakers
who do have knowledge of the bill and who could influence its status
at this time. We will be contacting you all early next week with
the coordinated plan of action, including a list of talking points
you may choose to use, and a list of contacts.

We may be asking some of you, who live in key districts, to join us
in visiting your lawmakers to make personal appeals and arguments.

Right now we are not calling for you to make calls, write emails or
write letters.
We believe coordinating that effort will have a
greater impact.

If you have any direct information about the motives behind this
bill please contact me or someone on the task force. If you have
had contact with a legislator about this issue already, please let
me know about that, including whether the legislator had any
knowledge of this bill and how your input was received.

If you have short talking points that you think would be helpful in
this battle, please send them to me.

Please continue to pray for our freedoms.

Faithfully,

Mark August
ENOCH of NJ
anathemad: (Homeschooling - evolved)
Yes I am aware of it. I have been for a few days. I am still processing and forming opinions and thoughts. The full text of it is here for those interested.

ETA: Also available for those that are interested is the New Jersey Department of Education Homeschool FAQ for the Law as it stands now.

Below is the full text of an update I just received: (emphasis in bold mine)
New Jersey Assembly Bill 3123 - UPDATE #1

In 2004, a task force consisting of leaders of various State level
organizations in New Jersey, spearheaded the effort to oppose anti-
homeschool freedom legislation.

That task force has convened again, has communicated by a series of
emails, and an hour long conference phone conversation this
afternoon. Our goal today, as it has always been, is to oppose any
legislation which threatens homeschool freedoms in New Jersey. Our
motto remains the same: "Many Voices - One Message." That message
is that homeschooling in New Jersey has worked for 40 years without
government interference and none is needed now.
Just like we did in
2004, to be most effective, homeschoolers in New Jersey need to
bring our united message to our respected lawmakers in a united way.

The task force consists of (in alphabetical order by organization
name):

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

What we are doing:

We are speaking to New Jersey lawmakers.
We are attempting to gather information about the motive behind this
legislation at this particular time.
We are preparing material to distribute to you, which will help you
better communicate arguments against this oppressive legislation.
We are trying to coordinate efforts - so that the lawmakers involved
in this legislation will receive a coordinated, powerful message
outlining our opposition.

What we know:

The bill was introduced and immediately sent to the Education
Committee, which will not meet again until October 16. There is no
information about whether this bill will be discussed at that
meeting. Right now many of the legislators are unavailable because
of the current religious holidays. Because this bill was sent to a
committee, most of the legislators have no knowledge of this bill.

Many of you have been asking, "What can we do?!!!!"

What we are planning:

While we are hoping that it will not be necessary, we are planning
to ask all homeschoolers in New Jersey to join us in a coordinated
email, phone, letter writing campaign targeted to those lawmakers
who do have knowledge of the bill and who could influence its status
at this time. We will be contacting you all early next week with
the coordinated plan of action, including a list of talking points
you may choose to use, and a list of contacts.

We may be asking some of you, who live in key districts, to join us
in visiting your lawmakers to make personal appeals and arguments.

Right now we are not calling for you to make calls, write emails or
write letters.
We believe coordinating that effort will have a
greater impact.

If you have any direct information about the motives behind this
bill please contact me or someone on the task force. If you have
had contact with a legislator about this issue already, please let
me know about that, including whether the legislator had any
knowledge of this bill and how your input was received.

If you have short talking points that you think would be helpful in
this battle, please send them to me.

Please continue to pray for our freedoms.

Faithfully,

Mark August
ENOCH of NJ
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I am having really awful reliability issues with my connection today. That means I may or may not be about on here.

In the most amazing of amazing things, I had emailed my local assemblyman:

Dear Sirs,

I am writing to you today to urge you to support the legislation
introduced by Assemblymen Mike Doherty and Rick Merkt that would
preclude the government from dictating that children enrolled in schools receive
vaccinations against the objections of their parents.

The bill does provide for the safety and well-being of the general
population by empowering the State Commissioner of Education to restrict
the attendance of children to schools if an outbreak or threatened
outbreak of a disease for which they were not vaccinated occurs.

I beg of you to put the power over our children's health back into the
hand of their parents, without risking their right to a public
education.

Regards,
me


I received prompt emails back from both of my assemblymen, one stating that he was filling out the required info to become a primary sponsor, and the other to become a sponsor. Ever the skeptic I went ahead and checked the legislature's web page for the bill A4070 and sure enough I was told the truth! It may not get passed, heck, it likely won't, but it was nice to have my voice heard, responded to, and have the word of a politician followed through on. I am very, very, impressed. And I'm not even a Republican (and both of these assemblymen are).
anathemad: (Default)
I am having really awful reliability issues with my connection today. That means I may or may not be about on here.

In the most amazing of amazing things, I had emailed my local assemblyman:

Dear Sirs,

I am writing to you today to urge you to support the legislation
introduced by Assemblymen Mike Doherty and Rick Merkt that would
preclude the government from dictating that children enrolled in schools receive
vaccinations against the objections of their parents.

The bill does provide for the safety and well-being of the general
population by empowering the State Commissioner of Education to restrict
the attendance of children to schools if an outbreak or threatened
outbreak of a disease for which they were not vaccinated occurs.

I beg of you to put the power over our children's health back into the
hand of their parents, without risking their right to a public
education.

Regards,
me


I received prompt emails back from both of my assemblymen, one stating that he was filling out the required info to become a primary sponsor, and the other to become a sponsor. Ever the skeptic I went ahead and checked the legislature's web page for the bill A4070 and sure enough I was told the truth! It may not get passed, heck, it likely won't, but it was nice to have my voice heard, responded to, and have the word of a politician followed through on. I am very, very, impressed. And I'm not even a Republican (and both of these assemblymen are).

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