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3/7/2005 3:24:50 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Florida--Calls Needed to Stop Increase in State Control Over Homeschools

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March 7, 2005


Florida--Calls Needed to Stop Increase in State Control Over
Homeschools


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Florida Senate Bill 1506 and House Bill 1115 would raise the
compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18. If either of these
bills become law homeschoolers would have to notify the school
district and be subject to its jurisdiction for two more years. This
means two more years of paperwork, portfolios, and tests.

We need your calls to your state senator and representative to stop
the increase of state control over your homeschool.


ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please contact your state senator and urge him to vote against
Senate Bill 1506 by giving him this message:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 1506 which would raise Florida's
compulsory school attendance age. This bill restricts the right of
parents to choose educational or work options for their children. This
bill will also waste taxpayer dollars because more teachers and
classrooms will be required to teach children who are unwilling to
remain in school."

To find the name of your state senator, use HSLDA's Legislative
Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox

You can also call 800-342-1827 for contact information for your
senator.

2. Please contact your state representative and urge him to vote
against House Bill 1115 by giving him this message:

"Please vote against House Bill 1115 which would raise Florida's
compulsory school attendance age. This bill restricts the right of
parents to choose educational or work options for their children. This
bill will also waste taxpayer dollars because more teachers and
classrooms will be required to teach children who are unwilling to
remain in school."

You can use the HSLDA Legislative Toolbox to find your state
representative, or you can call 850-488-1157 for contact information
for your representative.

3. Please forward this email to every homeschooling family you know
who is not a member of HSLDA and urge them to contact their state
senator and representative.


BACKGROUND

Raising the compulsory attendance age will not reduce the dropout
rate. In fact, the two states with the best high school completion
rates, Maryland at 94.5% and North Dakota at 94.7%, compel attendance
only to age 16. The state with the lowest completion rate (Oregon:
75.4%) compels attendance to age 18. These figures are three-year
averages, 1996 through 1998.

Twenty-nine states 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.

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. 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 taxpayer.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2051 .

Sincerely,


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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