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2/4/2005 4:42:06 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Hawaii--Victory in the House! Calls Still Needed in the Senate

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February 4, 2005


Hawaii--Victory in the House! Calls Still Needed in the Senate


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Thank you for all your calls--they had an impact!

On Tuesday, the House Education Committee voted 7-0 to "hold" House
Bill 61. We were told from members who were at the meeting that the
Committee Chairman, Representative Roy M. Takumi, acknowledged that
the legislature had received quite a few calls about this bill. HSLDA
thanks Lora Burbage of Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii who informed
the Committee Chairman of our concerns about this bill.

It is likely that House Bill 61 has been defeated but there is still
the Senate version of the bill. Please continue to call about Senate
Bill 488 to ensure that homeschoolers will not have to file the notice
to teach their children at home or report the annual progress of their
5-year-old children.


ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please call the Senate Education Committee members listed below and
give them this message:

"Please oppose SB 488. Expanding compulsory school attendance 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.

Committee Chairman
Senator Norman Sakamoto
Phone 808-586-8585
e-mail sensakamoto@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Vice-Chair
Senator Gary L. Hooser
Phone 808-586-6030
From Kauai, toll free 274-3141 + 66030
E-mail senhooser@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland
Phone 808-586-6130
e-mail senchunoakland@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Clarence K. Nishihara
Phone 808-586-6970
e-mail sennishihara@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Shan S. Tsutsui
Phone 808-586-7344
From Maui, toll free 984-2400 + 67344
e-mail sentsutsui@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Bob Hogue
Phone 808-587-7215
E-mail senhogue@Capitol.hawaii.gov


BACKGROUND

- Lowering the compulsory attendance age from six to five would
subject Hawaii home educators to the requirements of the homeschool
laws one year earlier. (You should not 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=1421 .

Sincerely,


Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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