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4/10/2002 1:33:16 PM
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
Missouri--Parental Freedom in Jeopardy, Calls Needed Today

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The Missouri House of Representatives could take a giant step toward
eliminating an important parental freedom today. It may vote on H.B.
1460, which would allow metropolitan school districts to raise the
age of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 17 years of age, thus
taking away the freedom of parents to decide for themselves whether
their 16 year old should continue formal education.

Even though the bill exempts home school parents of 16 year olds from
keeping records and providing 1,000 hours of instruction, the 16 year
old would still be obligated to enroll in and "attend regularly" a
home school as defined by law for the entire school term. Failure to
do so could mean criminal or civil punishment for the home schooling
family.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call your representative and ask him to oppose H.B.1460. Your
message may be as simple as, "Please vote against H.B. 1460. It
takes away a parent's freedom to decide what is best for their 16
year old. It will force disruptive young adults back in to a
classroom where they do not want to be, making it harder for students
who truly do want to learn." Remember to be courteous.

Since this bill affects all parents regardless of how they educate
their children, it is not necessary to identify yourself as a home
schooler.

Call the capitol switchboard at 573-751-3659 and ask to be connected
to your representative. If you do not know who that is, use our
legislative toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox.

BACKGROUND

As of this morning (on 04/10/02), H.B. 1460 is number six on the list
of bills ready for "perfection," or final disposition in the House.
If the five bills ahead of it are disposed of today, H.B. 1460 could
be amended or voted on by the entire house. An identical bill, S.B.
858, has not yet been scheduled for perfection in the Senate.

Even though this bill would apparently only give the City of St.
Louis the power to raise the compulsory age for its residents, there
is no logical reason the compulsory age should be different depending
on the part of the state one lives in. If the bill passes, we would
expect pressure to make 17 the age of compulsory attendance across
the state.

Visit our website for additional information and reasons to oppose
this bill.
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=397

Thank you for standing with us to support the freedoms of parents.

Very truly yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney


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