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1/30/2002 4:56:35 PM
Dewitt T. Black III, Esq., Senior Counsel of HSLDA
Washington--Hearing Tomorrow on Bill to Lower Compulsory Attendance to Age 6

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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January 30, 2002

Dear Washington Members and Friends,

Senate Bill 6365 would lower the compulsory attendance age from 8 to
6, posing a threat to home schoolers by expanding the state's
jurisdiction over all children. The sponsor, Senate members, and
especially the Senate Education Committee members, need to hear from
you today!

S.B. 6365 is scheduled for a hearing in committee tomorrow, Thursday,
January 31, at 3:30 p.m. in Senate Hearing Room 1 at the J.A.
Cherberg Building in Olympia.

Please take a moment today and make a call to prevent this
encroachment on your freedom. Feel free to also attend the hearing as
a concerned parent.

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REQUESTED ACTION:
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1. Immediately: Please call as many members as you can on the Senate
Education Committee (listed below) with this message:

"Please vote against S.B. 6365. This bill is unnecessary, restricts
parental choice, and wastes taxpayers' money."

Do not identify yourself as a home schooler. It is unlikely that this
bill would be defeated simply to protect the interests of home
schooling families. This bill affects all families with children of
compulsory attendance age.

SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE:

Senator Rosemary McAuliffe, Chair (360) 786-7600
Senator Tracey Eide, Vice Chair (360) 786-7658
Senator Bill Finkbeiner(360) 786-7672
Senator Don Carlson (360) 786-7696
Senator Mike Hewitt (360) 786-7630
Senator Harold Hochstatter (360) 786-7624
Senator Stephen Johnson (360) 786-7692
Senator Jim Kastama (360) 786-7648
Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (360) 786-7670
Senator Margarita Prentice (360) 786-7616
Senator Marilyn Rasmussen (360) 786-7602
Senator Debbie Regala (360) 786-7652
Senator Joseph Zarelli (360) 786-7634


2. Please call your state senator and give him or her this message:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 6365 if it passes out of committee
tomorrow. This bill is unnecessary, restricts parental choice, and
wastes taxpayers' money."

By contacting your senators now, you will make the Senate aware of
the widespread opposition to this bill should the Senate committee
vote to approve it.

To get the name and phone number of your state senator, use HSLDA's
Legislative Toolbox at: http://www.hslda.org/toolbox.


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BACKGROUND:
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Senate Bill 6365, introduced by Senator Shirley Winsley, would lower
the compulsory attendance of all children in Washington to age 6.
S.B. 6365 is now pending in the Senate Education Committee.

We would like to stop this in committee or convince the sponsor to
withdraw the bill.

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THE REASONS HSLDA OPPOSES THIS BILL ARE:
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1. Changing the compulsory attendance age would subject Washington
home educators to the requirements of the compulsory attendance law
two years earlier. (You do not need to share this reason with your
legislators.)

2. Many education experts have concluded that beginning a child's
formal education too early may actually result in burnout and poor
scholastic performance later.

3. In addition, lowering the compulsory attendance age erodes the
authority of parents---who are in the best position to determine when
their child's formal education should begin.

4. Another significant impact of expanding the compulsory attendance
age would be an inevitable tax increase to pay for more classroom
space and more teachers to accommodate the additional students
compelled to attend public schools under these proposed laws.

For more information on this and other Washington State bills, visit
our website at http://www.hslda.org/legislation/state/WA/default.asp.

Thank you for standing with us for family and freedom in Washington
and throughout the country!

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
Senior Counsel

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