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3/15/2005 2:57:20 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Pennsylvania--Calls Needed: Legislation Would Lower Compulsory Attendance Age from Eight to Six

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March 15, 2005


Pennsylvania--Calls Needed: Legislation Would Lower Compulsory
Attendance Age from Eight to Six


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Your calls are needed to defeat a bill which would lower the
compulsory attendance age in Pennsylvania from eight to six for school
districts of the first class. Tomorrow, March 16, 2005, the House
Education Committee will meet to discuss this bill. We need your help
to stop this bill in its tracks before it gains any momentum.

Since Philadelphia is the only school district of the first class in
Pennsylvania at this time, it is the only school district that would
be affected by this legislation. However, we are concerned that the
next step the General Assembly will take is expanding this compulsory
attendance requirement to all school districts in Pennsylvania.

There is a qualified exemption in the bill for homeschooling parents
whose children are between age six and eight, in that they would not
have to comply with the home education statute until their children
reach the current compulsory attendance age of eight. However, these
parents would still have to notify the local school district that they
intend to provide their child's education between ages six and eight.
How the state would determine that a parent is providing this
education is yet to be determined.

HSLDA opposes any legislation lowering the compulsory attendance age
because it further erodes parental rights in making decisions which
affect the educational preparedness of their children.


ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please contact as many members of the House Education Committee as
possible and your own state representative with this message:

"Please vote against House Bill 377. This bill restricts a parent's
right to choose when a child is ready for formal education. This bill
will also waste taxpayer dollars, since there is nothing to indicate
that early schooling results in any educational advantage for the
child."

Members of the Committee are as follows:

Majority:
Stairs, Jess M., Chairman
(717) 783-9311 Fax: (717) 787-0859

Quigley, Thomas J., Secretary
(717) 772-9963 Fax: (717) 772-2434

Rohrer, Samuel E., Subcommittee Chairman on Basic Education
(717) 787-8550 Fax: (717) 783-7862

Stevenson, Thomas L., Subcommittee Chairman on Higher Education
(717) 787-2047 Fax: (717) 772-2468

Bastian, Bob
(717) 783-8756 Fax: (717) 783-3899

Browne, Patrick M.
(717) 787-6572 Fax: (717) 705-1998

Clymer, Paul I.
(717) 783-3154 Fax: (717) 705-1854

Creighton, Thomas C.
(717) 772-5290 Fax: (717) 772-9869

Diven, Michael
(717) 787-4652 Fax: (717) 772-9994

Fleagle, Patrick Elvin
(717) 783-5218 Fax: (717) 772-2955

Flick, Robert J.
(717) 787-8579 Fax: (717) 787-5713

Herman, Lynn B.
(717) 787-8594 Fax: (717) 783-0143

Mackereth, Beverly
(717) 783-2655 Fax: (717) 772-9869

Metcalfe, Daryl D.
(717) 783-1707 Fax: (717) 787-4771

Miller, Ronald E.
(717) 783-8389 Fax: (717) 772-9869

O'Neill, Bernard T.
(717) 705-7170 Fax: (717) 783-3278

Minority:
Roebuck, Jr., James R., Chairman
(717) 783-1000 Fax: (717) 783-1665

Yudichak, John T., Secretary
(717) 787-1751 Fax: (717) 783-3180

Curry, Lawrence H., Subcommittee Chairman on Higher Education
(717) 783-1079 Fax: (717) 787-2713

Kirkland, Thaddeus , Subcommittee Chairman on Basic Education
(717) 787-5881 Fax: (717) 787-9074

Bishop, Louise Williams
(717) 783-2192 Fax: (717) 787-2960

Grucela, Richard T.
(717) 705-1878 Fax: (717) 783-3180

Leach, Daylin
(717) 783-9114 Fax: (717) 787-0861

Mundy, Phyllis
(717) 783-1614 Fax: (717) 787-0861

Pallone, John E.
(717) 783-1819 Fax: (717) 772-9984

Shaner, James E.
(717) 772-5771 Fax: (717) 787-0861

Sturla, P. Michael
(717) 787-3555 Fax: (717) 787-0861

Surra, Dan A.
(717) 787-7226 Fax: (717) 772-9999

You can find the name and telephone number of your state
representative by using HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2182


2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact members of the Committee and
their own state representative with this same message.


BACKGROUND

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. The bill 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 school.

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

Sincerely,


Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel


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