From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/24/2003 10:13:49 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Florida--Hearing Scheduled Today on Compulsory Attendance Bill

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

March 24, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

We need your calls immediately! The compulsory attendance bill is
beginning to move forward with the first hearing scheduled at 3:00

Each year Home School Legal Defense Association works to defeat
legislation that would expand the government's control over school
age children. House Bill 9 raises the age of compulsory school
attendance from 16 years of age to 17, which applies to all children
in the state, including homeschoolers.

We oppose all attempts to expand the compulsory attendance age since
it increases the years the state will have jurisdiction over our


H.B. 9 will be heard in the Pre K to 12 House Subcommittee today at
3:00 PM. Please call immediately and maybe we can stop this bill
before it starts.

1) Call as many of the Pre K to 12 Subcommittee members as possible
today and express your opposition to H.B. 9:

"We urge you to vote against H.B. 9 as it would waste taxpayer's
money. Statistics demonstrate that compelling 17 year olds to attend
school does not improve graduation rates. We also oppose this bill
because it will limit parental rights and disrupt the classroom by
compelling disinterested children to attend school."

Subcommittee on Pre K through 12:

Rafael Arza (R), Chairman - 850-488-1683
Ray Sansom (R) Vice Chairman - 850-488-1170
Shelley Vana (D) - 850-488-4791
Frederick C. Brummer (R) - 850-488-2023
Gustavo A. Barreiro (R) - 850-488-9930
Loranne Ausley (D) - 850-488-0965

2) Also call the sponsor of H.B. 9 and deliver the following message
in your own words:

"Please withdraw H.B. 9. We oppose this bill because it will limit
parent's choice and disrupt the classroom by compelling disinterested
children to attend school."

Rep. Joe Negron, 850-488-8832.


This bill would require homeschool families to submit to another year
of governmental red tape and threat of legal action 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.

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

Continue to check the HSLDA website for updates on H.B. 9 or to
review the alert we sent out last month, you can visit:

Thank you for your efforts for freedom!


Christopher Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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