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5/23/2005 3:53:46 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Louisiana--Please Call Now on Compulsory Attendance Bill!

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May 23, 2005


Louisiana--Please Call Now on Compulsory Attendance Bill!


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We have just learned that the House Education Committee will have a
hearing on House Bill 476 tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24 at 9:00 a.m. We
need your help to kill this bill! Today and tomorrow please call the
Committee members listed below.

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.

Please call now to help defeat this bill as we fight for freedom in
Louisiana. Feel free to forward this e-mail to any friends who may not
be members of HSLDA so they can call too.


REQUESTED ACTION

1) Please call all of the Education Committee Members listed below 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."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.


House Education Committee Members

Chairman
Representative Carl Crane
District Office (225) 766-7274

Vice-Chairman
Representative Avon Honey
District Office (225) 771-5674

Members
Representative Austin Badon
District Office: (504) 243-7783

Representative Regina Barrow
District Office: (225) 359-9331

Representative A. G. Crowe
District Office: (985) 643-3600

Representative Hollis Downs
District Office: (318) 251-5039

Representative James R. Fannin
District Office: (318) 259-6620

Representative Hunter Greene
District Office: (225) 927-9455

Representative Lelon Kenney
District Office: (318) 649-9100

Representative Henry Powell
District Office: (985)386-2910

Representative Mike Powell
District Office: (318) 869-0008

Representative Harold L. Ritchie
District Office: (985) 730-2147

Representative Jane H. Smith
District Office: (318) 741-2825

Representative Donald M. Trahan
District Office: (337) 984-0175

Representative T. D. Wright
District Office: (318) 992-8882

Speaker of the House
Representative Joe R. Salter
Office (800) 259-4135

2) Please call the sponsor of the bill, Representative Jackson, and
request that he withdraw House Bill 476. You can give him this
message:

"Please withdraw your support of House Bill 476. 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."

Representative Michael Jackson
District Office: (225) 342-0774


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 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.

- Another significant impact of lowering 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=2339


Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney
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-> Extreme makeovers are for extreme circumstances...

Most homeschools don't need an extreme makeover, but there is
something to be said for attention to detail and recognition of
accomplishments. Watch the media and you'll soon see that not
everyone wants home educators and homeschooling to look good.
HSLDA works hard to shed light on the good work of home educators
so it's obvious that we don't need someone "making-over" our
homeschools. Join HSLDA and help us show the world that we're fine
as we are . . . thank you!

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1943

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