WHEREAS, children are properly the wards of parents, not of the state, and compulsory attendance laws presuppose just the opposite; and
One of Home School Legal Defense Associations goals is the repeal of all compulsory attendance laws across the nation. Remarkably, this idea is gaining support within the public school system because of the disciplinary problems encountered with students who do not want to be there and are disruptive to the educational environment. Other states should be encouraged to introduce legislation similar to this bill.
WHEREAS, the responsibility, both legally and before God, for the education of children lies with the parents, not with the state; therefore, the parents, not the state, must be able to exercise authority over the education of the children; and
WHEREAS, there are no Montana constitutional provisions warranting compulsory attendance statutes, making the statutes of questionable validity and inviting tension among parents, lawmakers, educators, and law-enforcement officers; and
WHEREAS, compulsory attendance laws are doubtful contributors to the literacy rate of the state, it being evident that mere attendance at a school does not constitute education or guarantee the acquisition of literary skills, nor does absence from school preclude a childs development of academic skills; thus, compulsory attendance satisfies no compelling interest of the state.