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5/15/2002 5:05:00 PM
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
Washington D.C.--Crucial Hearing Monday on Bill to Force Three-Year-Olds to School

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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May 15, 2002

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

A bill that would strip you of your right to decide what is best for
your three and four year old is moving forward. The bill is 14-261,
in the District of Columbia City Council. It would subject 3 and 4
year olds in the District to compulsory attendance.

The education committee of the District of Columbia Council will hold
a public hearing on the bill Monday, May 20 at 11 AM.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call all members of the education committee and tell them that
you oppose the bill. Your message may be as simple as, "Please vote
against Bill 14-261. Do not take away a parent's right to decide what
is best for their three and four year old." For additional reasons to
oppose the bill, see our previous e-lerts at:

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=431

Please come to the hearing to demonstrate your opposition if at all
possible. The location of the hearing is 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Wilson Building, Room 412.

Please pass this on to everyone you know who is a resident of the
District of Columbia. Remember, this law would affect even people who
are temporarily residing in the District.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The education committee members and their telephone numbers are
listed below:

Kevin Chavous
202-724-8068

Phil Mendelson
202-724-8064

Sharon Ambrose
202-724-8072

Adrian Fenty
202-724-8052

Carol Schwartz
202-724-8105


BACKGROUND

Councilmember Chavous appointed a commission to make recommendations
concerning implementation of his bill. His own commission recommended
that the educational program for three and four-year-olds not be
compulsory.

The General Accounting Office conducted a thorough study of published
research on Head Start in 1998 and determined that there is no
reliable evidence that Head Start programs produce long-term
benefits.

Thank you for standing with us to defend your right to decide what is
best for your three or four-year-old.

Sincerely yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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