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11/1/2002 10:58:19 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Florida--Ballot Initiative May Lead to Mandatory Preschool

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November 1, 2002


Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

This past year, homeschoolers almost single-handedly defeated the
"Government Nanny" bill, which would have created a far-reaching
bureaucracy limiting parental rights. We are thankful that Governor
Bush vetoed this program's funding. A new potential threat, however,
is looming in the form of a ballot initiative.

REQUESTED ACTION

When you go to the polls to vote this Tuesday, November 5, you will
have opportunity to vote on the "Voluntary Universal Pre-Kindergarten
Education" ballot. We urge everyone to vote "No" on this proposal,
which if passed, will become an amendment to the Florida
constitution. We believe that the creation of a pre-kindergarten
program for 4 year olds in Florida will lead to compulsory school
attendance of 4 year olds.

BACKGROUND

The ballot summary states: "Every four-year-old child in Florida
shall be offered a high quality pre-kindergarten learning
opportunity...which shall be free for all Florida four-year-olds
without taking away funds used for existing education, health and
development programs." This simply means that your taxes will be
raised to educate four year olds in the public schools.

The actual text of this ballot is: "Every four-year-old child in
Florida shall be provided by the State a high quality pre-
kindergarten learning opportunity in the form of an early childhood
development and education program which shall be voluntary, high
quality, free, and delivered according to professionally accepted
standards. An early childhood development and education program
means an organized program designed to address and enhance each
child's ability to make age appropriate progress in an appropriate
range of settings in the development of language and cognitive
capabilities and emotional, social, regulatory and moral capacities
through education in basic skills and such other skills as the
Legislature may determine to be appropriate."

REASONS TO OPPOSE "VOLUNTARY UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION"

1) Education of four year olds in the public schools has been proven
ineffective. See HSLDA's position paper on Mandatory Kindergarten
and Early Education visit:
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000000/00000028.asp

2) Creating a program for four year olds to attend school will likely
lead to compulsory attendance of four year olds in the future.

3) Education of four year olds across the state will raise everyone's
taxes.

4) This will create a "constitutional right" for families to have a
public school education for their four year olds.

5) This four-year-old educational program will seek to develop four
year olds in their "emotional, social, regulatory and moral
capacities" which is a function better performed by the parents.

Therefore, we urge you to vote "No" on the Voluntary Universal Pre-
Kindergarten Education" ballot initiative this Tuesday, November 5.


Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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