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5/25/2005 2:51:09 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Louisiana - Please Continue to Call to Oppose the Compulsory Attendance Bill

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May 25, 2005

Louisiana - Please Continue to Call to Oppose the Compulsory
Attendance Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The House Education Committee postponed considering House Bill 476 at
their hearing yesterday. At this time we do not know when the bill
will be heard but it could be as early as tomorrow. We need you to
continue to call the committee members listed below to defeat the
bill.

This bill would lower the compulsory attendance age in Louisiana from
7 to 5, which means that homeschooling families will have to report
two years earlier than now required. The 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 and forward this email to any
friends who may not be members of HSLDA so they can call too.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Please call all the House Education Committee Members listed below
and give them this message:

"Please oppose House Bill 476, which lowers the compulsory attendance
age from 7 to 5. Lowering the compulsory attendance age to mandate
school for 5 and 6 year-olds will 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=2343

To become a member of HSLDA and help us fight for homeschool freedom
in Louisiana please visit http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2344 .
Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,


Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney


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