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2/3/2003 4:28:37 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Michigan--Calls Needed to Defeat Bill Expanding Compulsory Attendance

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

February 3, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Last year HSLDA members and Michigan homeschoolers were able to
defeat several bills that would have expanded the compulsory school
attendance age. We will be fighting this battle again this year as
well. House Bill 4128 and Senate Bill 24 (companion bills) would
increase the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18 years of age,
affecting all school age children in Michigan, including

We oppose all attempts to expand the compulsory attendance age since
it would increase the years the state will have jurisdiction over our
children. This bill would potentially give public school officials
two more years to harass or investigate Michigan homeschools. Your
calls are needed now to make sure that these bills die in committee.

S.B. 24 was introduced and referred to the Senate Education Committee
on January 21, 2003.

H.B. 4128 was introduced and referred to the House Education
Committee on January 30, 2003.


Please call as many members of the Michigan Legislature's Education
Committees (listed below) as possible with this message:

"Please oppose S.B. 24 (H.B. 4128 if you are calling House
representatives). Expanding compulsory attendance would only waste
taxpayers' money, force unwilling, disruptive students into the
classroom, and take away the right of parents to decide whether their
16 year old is ready for valuable work experience or college."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

Sponsor of S.B. 24
Senator Liz Brater, (517) 373-2406

Senate Education Committee
Senator Wayne Kuipers, (Committee Chair), (517) 373-6920
Senator Nancy Cassis, (517) 373-1758
Senator Gerald VanWoerkom, (517) 373-1635
Senator Irma Clark Coleman, (517) 373-0990
Senator Burton Leland, (517) 373-0994

Sponsor of H.B. 4128
Representative Kenneth Daniels, (517) 373-0106

House Education Committee Members
Representative Brian Palmer (R), (Committee Chair), (517) 373-0843
Representative Scott Hummel (R), (517) 373-1778
Representative Tom Meyer (R), (517) 373-0476
Representative Kenneth Bradstreet (R), (517) 373-0829
Representative Lauren Hager (R), (517) 373-1790
Representative Doug Hart (R), (517) 373-0218
Representative Ruth Johnson (R), (517) 373-1798
Representative Susan Tabor (R), (517) 373-0853
Representative Joanne Voorhees (R), (517) 373-2277
Representative Barb Vander Veen (R), (517) 373-0838
Representative Mike Nofs (R), (517) 373-0555
Representative John Stahl (R), (517) 373-1800
Representative Paul Gieleghem (D), (517) 373-0159
Representative Aldo Vagnozzi (D), (517) 373-1793
Representative Doug Spade (D), (517) 373-1706
Representative Virgil Smith (D), (517) 373-6404
Representative Hoon Yung Hopgood (D), (517) 373-0852
Representative Andy Meisner (D), (517) 373-0478
Representative Brenda Clack (D), (517) 373-8808


Here are several reasons for opposing the expansion of the compulsory
attendance age:

Raising the compulsory attendance age will not reduce the dropout
rate. In fact, the two states with the highest high school completion
rates (Maryland, 94.5% and North Dakota, 94.7%) compel attendance
only to age 16, but the state with the lowest completion rate
(Oregon, 75.4%) compels attendance to age 18. (Figures are three year
averages, 1996 through 1998.)

Most states (29) only require attendance to age 16. Older children
unwilling to learn can cause classroom disruptions and even violence,
making learning harder for their classmates who truly want to learn.

When California raised the age of compulsory attendance, unwilling
students were so disruptive that new schools had to be built just to
handle them and their behavior problems, all at the expense of the

Students who are forced back into the classroom are unlikely to
benefit from an additional year of schooling.

This bill would require home school families to submit to one more
year of governmental red tape and threat of legal action or subpoena
in the event of an alleged violation.

It would restrict parents' freedom to decide if their 16 year old
is ready for college or the workforce. (Some 16 year olds who are not
academically inclined benefit more from valuable work experience than
from being forced to sit in a classroom.

You can view updates for S.B. 24 and H.B. 4128 on the HSLDA website


Thank you for standing with us against this encroachment on parental


Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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