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2/25/2002 5:40:30 PM
Christopher J. Klicka, Esq., Senior Counsel of HSLDA
Illinois--Calls urgently needed on IL House Bill 795

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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February 25, 2002

Dear Illinois HSLDA members and friends,

Last year, your diligent calls opposing H. 795 which would lower the
compulsory attendance age from 7 to 6 stopped the bill dead in the
Senate Rules Committee.

Unfortunately, the bill has risen from the dead with a new sponsor,
Senator Kimberly Lightford (D). If we act immediately, we can kill
this bill again in the Senate Rules Committee

The Home School Legal Defense Association, Illinois Christian Home
Education Coalition (ILCHEC), and Illinois Christian Home Educators
(ICHE) urge you to take a moment and call your state representative
to stop this creeping encroachment on your freedom.

REQUESTED ACTION:

1. Please IMMEDIATELY call as many Senate Rules Committee members as
possible and give them this message:

"Please vote against the compulsory attendance age bill, H. 795,
sponsored by Senator Kimberly Lightford. This bill is unnecessary,
restricts parental choice, and wastes taxpayer money."

Do not identify yourself as a home schooler.

Senator Stanley Weaver 217 782 6904 (Committee Chairman)
Senator John Cullerton 217 782 7260
Senator Kirk Dillard 217 782 8148
Senator Vince Demuzio 217 782 8206
Senator Walter Dudycz 217 782 3650

2. Call Sen. Kimberly Lightford, the Senate sponsor of the H. 795 at
(217) 782 8505 and ask her to withdraw her sponsorship.

3. Immediately call your own state SENATOR and give him the same
message.

To find the name and phone number of your state senator, use HSLDA's
Legislative Toolbox at: http://www.hslda.org/toolbox. If you do not
have Internet access, call your county clerk's office and ask for
your state representative's name.

Keep the phone calls coming until the end of the day Monday, March 4.

We hope the Committee will decide to let this bill die once again.

BACKGROUND:

H. 795 will lower the compulsory attendance of all children in
Illinois from age 7 to 6.

The reasons we oppose these bills are:

1. Changing the compulsory attendance age would subject Illinois home
educators to the requirements of the compulsory attendance law one
year 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. 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. Expanding the compulsory attendance age would bring an inevitable
tax increase to pay for more classroom space and more teachers to
accommodate the additional students compelled to attend public
schools.

For more information on these bills and others, visit our website at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=29.

For a more detailed analysis of the issues involved in lowering the
compulsory attendance law, read our memo at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=28.

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

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
Senior Counsel

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