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2/26/2004 4:09:16 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Idaho--Calls Needed: Idaho Attempts to Expand Compulsory Attendance Age

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February 26, 2004


Idaho--Calls Needed: Idaho Attempts to Expand Compulsory Attendance
Age


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The legislature has a bill that would expand the jurisdiction and
control of the public school authorities over your five and six year
olds. H.B. 740 would lower the compulsory age to six AND mandate
kindergarten, which traditionally includes 5 year olds. There can be
no compromise on this bill. It must be stopped.

This bill has already passed out of committee and may go to the full
House for a vote as soon as tomorrow.


REQUESTED ACTION

Please call your local House Representative with this message:

"Please oppose H.B. 740. Expanding compulsory attendance and
mandating kindergarten would only waste taxpayers' money, and take
away the right of parents to decide whether their children are ready
for school."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

You can find your own representative's phone number or e-mail by
using HSLDA's legislative toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox or
by calling the House switchboard at 208-332-1000 or 800-626-0471.


BACKGROUND

- Lowering the compulsory attendance age from seven to six and
mandating kindergarten would subject Idaho home educators to the
requirements of the homeschool statute two years earlier. (You do not
need to share this reason with your legislators.)

- Many education experts have concluded that beginning a child's
formal education too early may actually result in burnout and poor
scholastic performance later.

- Lowering the compulsory attendance age erodes the authority of
parents who are in the best position to determine when their child's
formal education should begin.

- It would restrict parents' freedom to decide if their children are
ready for school.

- Another significant impact of expanding the compulsory attendance
age would be an inevitable tax increase to pay for more classroom
space and teachers to accommodate the additional students compelled
to attend public schools.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1341


Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association



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