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3/27/2002 5:46:49 PM
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
Washington D.C.--Town hall meeting Thursday night on bill to force 3 year olds to attend school

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March 27, 2002

Dear Washington D.C. Members and Friends,

The District of Columbia Council is attempting to expand government
control over your children. Councilman Kevin Chavous will be holding
a town hall meeting tomorrow night at 6 PM to discuss his bill that
would force 3 year olds to attend school. He has arranged for some
impressive people to come and speak in support of his bill. In order
to prevent this measure from becoming law, it is important that many
ordinary citizens using everyday common sense come to oppose the
bill.

The meeting will be at H.D. Woodson Senior High, 5500 Eads St., N.E.
(6 PM)

ACTION REQUESTED

1) Please come to the meeting tomorrow night. Even if you do not
speak against the bill, your presence will be significant.
2) There will be three additional town hall meetings. Please plan to
come to all of them.
3) Please pass this on to other parents you know who live in
Washington D.C. This bill would affect all families, not just home
schoolers.

Future Town Hall Meetings (all at 6 PM)

April 10 at Backus Middle School, 5171 S. Dakota Ave., N.E.

April 17 at American University, Kay Spiritual Life Center, 4400
Massachusetts Ave. N.W.

April 30 at Adams Elementary School, 2020 19th St. N.W.

BACKGROUND

Councilman Chavous filed bill 14-261 late last summer. According to a
letter he sent D.C. residents recently, he appointed a "Commission on
Primary Education Reform" to "develop a blueprint for implementation"
of his plan. You can read his entire letter at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=370 and the entire text of his bill
at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=371. D.C. law currently requires
children who will be 5 by December 31 to attend school. The Chavous
bill would lower the age to 3 by December 31.

REASONS TO OPPOSE BILL 14-261

1) This radical change is unprecedented and unconstitutional. For an
outline of constitutional issues, go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=372.
2) Children under 5 need parenting, not schooling.
3) Many social pathologies are linked to parents spending little time
with their children.
4) DC already has the lowest compulsory attendance age in the country
and one of the worst academic records.
5) The question is not whether some parents might wish to send their
2 and 3 year olds to school; the question is whether ALL parents
should be forced to send ALL children age 3 and up to school.
6) Many studies show that there is no benefit or that children are
actually harmed when they are forced into school before they are
ready. (http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=373). Parents know best
when a child is ready.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.

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