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3/4/2004 1:36:31 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Idaho--Homeschoolers Defeat Several Bills

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March 4, 2004


Idaho--Homeschoolers Defeat Several Bills


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Idaho homeschoolers have won several victories in the Idaho
legislature!

HB 740 would have lowered the compulsory age to six AND mandated
kindergarten, which traditionally includes 5 year olds. The Idaho
Coalition of Home Educators alerted their members and we asked HSLDA
members to call their legislators regarding HB 740. The bill was
debated for two hours on the floor of the house yesterday and was
killed by an overwhelming vote against it. Several representatives
made their decision to oppose the bill as a result of the phone calls
and emails they received from their constituents.

Another bill, HB 750, would have raised the compulsory attendance age
from 16 to 17. ICHE contacted the bill's sponsors informing them of
concerns about the bill. ICHE appeared at the committee meeting this
past Monday and testified against the bill demonstrating
statistically that the states that require compulsory school
attendance through ages 17 or 18 actually have a higher dropout rate
than do states such a Idaho that only require attendance through age
16. At the end of the debate, the House Education Committee voted
nearly unanimously against the bill. We are grateful that ICHE was
able to work with their contacts to kill the bill.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to call and email
your state representatives. Your efforts have been very effective!


Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association



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