From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/20/2002 5:00:42 PM
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
West Virginia--"Early Childhood Education" Trap for Families

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

March 20, 2002

Dear West Virginia Members and Friends,

The West Virginia legislature has passed a bill requiring all
counties to offer "early childhood education" (ECE) to children who
are age 4 by September 1. The program is voluntary--no one is
required to enroll a child in ECE. However, if you voluntarily
enroll, you cannot remove the child from the program unless you
formally enroll him in a home or private school. If you do not, you
may be subject to prosecution for truancy.

Near the end of this year's legislative session the West Virginia
legislature hastily tacked the ECE provision on to Senate Bill 247,
legislation originally written to give public school employees
raises. Counties have until 2012 to implement ECE.

Currently, only two things bring a child under the compulsory
attendance law in West Virginia: turning age 6 by September 1, or
enrolling the child in a publicly supported kindergarten. S.B. 247
would create a third: enrolling a 4-year-old in ECE.

The bill will now go to Governor Bob Wise, who has the power to sign
it or veto it. If you would like the Governor to veto it, call his
office at 888-438-2731 immediately.


We encourage you to pass this information on to others in West
Virginia. Families must be warned about the problems with S.B. 247 so
they understand the consequences of voluntarily enrolling in the ECE


For more information on why HSLDA opposes expanding compulsory
attendance ages, check out this article on our web site:

"Compulsory Education Laws: The Dialogue Reopens"

Thank you for standing with us.

Very truly yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.

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