David Cook Home School Bill Going to Interim Study

Please spread the word to all home schoolers that they can stop calling their lawmakers about Rep. David Cook’s bad home school bill. This fight is over.

Rep. David Cook informed me this morning that he is going to ask that his home school bill, HB 2144, be referred to an interim study. This is very good news. This means that no hearings will be held and no vote will be taken. Rep. Cook has asked Rep. Les Carnine of Rogers to spearhead a committee to discuss home school issues over the next 2 years and make recommendations to the Arkansas Legislature for the session in 2011. I have agreed to participate in those meetings.

Your calls, e-mails, letters, and face-to-face visits with lawmakers made all the difference. Thank you for all you did, especially those who were able to come to Little Rock and meet in person with members of the House Education Committee.

It is likely that HB 1989, our good home school bill sponsored by Rep. Mark Martin, will also be sent to interim study. This decision will be up to Rep. Martin since he is the sponsor of the bill.

Spread the word to all home schoolers that HB 2144 has been stopped, and they can stop calling their elected officials.

Below is our best estimate regarding where the members of the House Education Committee stood on this bill.

Thanks again for your help.

Vote Assessment
HB 2144, Home School Bill Sponsored by Rep. David Cook
March 19, 2009

Would Likely to Vote Against HB 2144

The following members of the House Education Committee have indicated that the do not support HB 2144, David Cook’s home school bill.

1. Rep. Mark Martin – martinm@arkleg.state.ar.us | 479-466-7386
2. Rep. Donna Hutchinson – hutchinsond@arkleg.state.ar.us | 472-876-6011
3. Rep. Dan Greenberg – rep.greenberg@gmail.com | 501-588-4245
4. Rep. Tim Summers – summerst@arkleg.state.ar.us | 479-273-0773
5. Rep. Toni Bradford – bradfordt@arkleg.state.ar.us | 870-879-5270
6. Rep. Jody Dickinson – 870-523-8222
7. Rep. Mark Perry – mperry@alltel.net | 501-985-0124
8. Rep. Robert Dale – redale70@yahoo.com | 479-331-3503
9. Rep. Les Carnine – carninel@arkleg.state.ar.us | 501-682-7771
10. Rep. Jerry Brown – brownj@arkleg.state.ar.us | 870-238-3815
11. Rep. Rick Saunders – saundersr@arkleg.state.ar.us | 501-760-7770

Intentions Unclear on HB 2144

The following members of the House Education Committee have not indicated clearly their intentions regarding HB 2144, David Cook’s home school bill.

1. Rep. Monty Betts – bettsm@arkleg.state.ar.us | 501-268-9254
2. Rep. Bill Abernathy – abernathyb@arkleg.state.ar.us | 479-394-2733
3. Rep. Charolette Wagner – wagnerc@arkleg.state.ar.us | 870-561-4600
4. Rep. Steve Breedlove – breedloves@arkleg.state.ar.us | 479-996-9712
5. Rep. Eddie Cheatham – cheathame@arkleg.state.ar.us | 870-364-5659
6. Rep. Linda Tyler – tylerl@arkleg.state.ar.us | 501-329-8644
7. Rep. David Rainey – raineyd@arkleg.state.ar.us | 870-382-2003
8. Rep. Nancy Duffy Blount – blount235@sbcglobal.net | 870-295-1386

David Cook is a member of the House Education Committee. Rep. David Cook – cookd@arkleg.state.ar.us | 870-966-4703

About David Cox

David is a former home school student. In 2007 he graduated from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, with a bachelors degree in Business Administration. He currently works as Education Alliance's primary IT employee, webmaster, and blogger. David and his wife live in Little Rock.
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6 Responses to David Cook Home School Bill Going to Interim Study

  1. betsy says:

    I just want to say thank you to all of the people who help us fight for our right at the Education Alliance! You have all been wonderful!! Special thanks to Melissa for all her help and for Jerry Cox for never giving up! We will continue to pray for our freedoms! Thanks to everyone who took the time to write e-mails and make phone calls!!

  2. Maggie says:

    Thank you, Education Alliance! And thanks to all who contacted their legislators!

  3. Stacy says:

    Thank you Education Alliance…You guys are heaven sent, and such a wonderful bunch of people and I can’t tell you enough how much you are appreciated…..

  4. Catherine says:

    Such good news! Thanks so much to those of you who worked so hard to keep us all informed.

  5. Renee Green says:

    We are rejoicing at our house!!! Again, we thank all of the staff at Family Council and Education Alliance for all that you do! Your servant’s heart shines brightly!
    May God bless you all!
    Renee Green (We’ve not forgotten the other battles you are fighting!)

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