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4/26/2002 3:22:44 PM
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
Washington DC--Final Town Hall Meeting Tuesday Night on Mandatory Preschool Bill

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April 26, 2002

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Councilmember Kevin Chavous wants to take away your freedom to decide
for yourself whether your 3 or 4 year old should go to school. He has
filed a bill, 14-261, which would force these children to attend
school even against the wishes of their parents. Half of the members
of the DC Council are ready to support this measure.

ACTION REQUESTED

Councilmember Chavous wants to know what you think about his idea. He
has invited you to a Town Hall meeting this Tuesday, April 30, at
6:00 PM. It will be held at Adams Elementary School, 2020 19th
Street, N.W. Please come to show your opposition to the bill. If you
do not come, he may construe this to mean you support his idea.

There will be an opportunity for members of the audience to come to a
microphone to speak. If you do not wish to speak, you may be asked to
stand or raise your hand to show you oppose the bill.

Please pass this on to other parents you know who do not want to lose
the freedom to decide for themselves when their young children should
attend school.

BACKGROUND

The first Town Hall meeting on Bill 14-261 was March 28. I spoke
against the bill, as did Mike Rits of Bolling Area Home Educators,
and one other parent. Unfortunately, most of those who spoke thought
forcing 3 and 4 year olds into school against their parents' wishes
would be good for them.

Study after study, however, shows that all the measurable benefits of
putting children into school this early disappear before the child
finishes elementary school. Other experts believe that forcing a
child into an academic setting this early can cause lifelong damage.
Visit our website for more information on this issue:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=399

Dr. Jane Smith announced that the "Commission on Primary Education
Reform," (the group Chavous appointed to give recommendations on
implementing his plan) advised that the mandatory feature of the bill
be removed. The commission recommended that free public education be
available to all children 3 years old and older, but that it not be
mandatory. Nonetheless, Councilmember Chavous is not backing down and
continues to push for compulsory school attendance of 3 and 4 year
olds.

Please join us in the fight against Bill 14-261 by attending
Wednesday's meeting. Mandatory preschool is not the answer to
Washington DC's education problems.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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