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6/17/2003 4:54:33 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois--Another Bill to Expand Compulsory School Age

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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July 16, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Each year Home School Legal Defense Association works to defeat
legislation that would expand the government's control over school
age children. Earlier this legislative session your calls helped
Illinois House Bill 2584 die in the Rules Committee: this bill would
have raised the age of compulsory school attendance from 16 years of
age to 18.

We were told, however, that a compulsory attendance age bill might be
resurrected in some other form.

As predicted, just before the House recessed for summer, a new bill
expanding the compulsory attendance age was introduced. This time,
the expansion attempt covers the early ages. H.B. 3811 lowers the
compulsory school age from 7 years to 5 years. This would apply to
all children in the state, including homeschoolers. The bill has
now been assigned to the House Rules Committee for consideration once
the summer recess is over.

We oppose all attempts to expand the compulsory attendance age since
it increases the years the state will have jurisdiction over our
children. H.B. 3811 would require homeschool families to submit to
two more years of governmental oversight and threat of legal action
in the event of an alleged violation.

Once the session resumes in the fall we will track this bill and
provide you with information on when and who to call to express your
opposition. No need for action at this time.

For more information on why compelling school attendance at an
earlier age is a bad idea, see:
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000000/00000028.asp

Thank you for your efforts for freedom!

Sincerely,

Christopher Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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