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4/26/2005 3:17:03 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Louisiana--Calls Needed to Oppose Lowering Compulsory School Age to 5

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April 26, 2005


Louisiana--Calls Needed to Oppose Lowering Compulsory School Age to 5


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We need your calls to the House Education Committee to oppose House
Bill 476. This bill would lower the compulsory attendance age in
Louisiana from 7 to 5. This means that homeschooling families will
have to report two years earlier than they have to right now. This
bill will affect all homeschool families regardless of whether you
file as a home study program or a home-based private school.

Yesterday was the first day of the Louisiana legislative session and
it is off to a fast start. Please call now to help defeat this bill
before it has a chance to gain momentum.


ACTION REQUESTED

1) Please call and email as many of the Education Committee Members
listed below as you can and give them this message:

"Please oppose House Bill 476, a bill lowering the compulsory
attendance age from 7 to 5. Lowering the compulsory attendance age to
mandate school for 5 and 6 year-olds would only waste taxpayers' money
and prevent parents from deciding whether their children are ready for
school."

House Education Committee Members:

Chairman
Representative Carl Crane
District Office (225) 766-7274
E-mail Address: ccrane@legis.state.la.us

Vice-Chairman
Representative Avon Honey
District Office (225) 771-5674
E-mail Address: ahoney@legis.state.la.us

Members

Representative Ernie Alexander
District Office: (337) 262-1214
E-mail Address: larep043@legis.state.la.us

Representative Austin Badon
District Office: (504) 243-7783
E-mail Address: larep100@legis.state.la.us

Representative Regina Barrow
District Office: (225) 359-9331
E-mail Address: larep029@legis.state.la.us

Representative A. G. Crowe
District Office: (985) 643-3600
E-mail Address: larep076@legis.state.la.us

Representative Hollis Downs
District Office: (318) 251-5039
E-mail Address: hdowns@legis.state.la.us

Representative James R. Fannin
District Office: (318) 259-6620
E-mail Address: larep013@legis.state.la.us

Representative Hunter Greene
District Office: (225) 927-9455
E-mail Address: webreps@legis.state.la.us

Representative Lelon Kenney
District Office: (318) 649-9100
E-mail Address: larep020@legis.state.la.us

Representative Henry Powell
District Office: (985)386-2910
E-mail Address: larep073@legis.state.la.us

Representative Mike Powell
District Office: (318) 869-0008
E-mail Address: larep006@legis.state.la.us

Representative Harold L. Ritchie
District Office: (985) 730-2147
E-mail Address: larep075@legis.state.la.us

Representative Jane H. Smith
District Office: (318) 741-2825
E-mail Address: larep008@legis.state.la.us

Representative Donald M. Trahan
District Office: (337) 984-0175
E-mail Address: larep031@legis.state.la.us

Representative T. D. Wright
District Office: (318) 992-8882
E-mail Address: larep022@legis.state.la.us

Speaker of the House
Representative Joe R. Salter
Office (800) 259-4135
E-mail Address: larep024@legis.state.la.us


BACKGROUND

- Lowering the compulsory attendance age from seven to five would
subject Louisiana home educators to the requirements of the homeschool
statute two years earlier than is now required. (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.


For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2286


Sincerely,


Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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