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1/19/2006 12:01:47 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA: Calls Needed to Colorado Senator to Withdraw Harmful Bill

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January 19, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Senate Bill 73, which will expand the state's control over your
children for two more years, was introduced on Wednesday, January 11
and assigned to the Senate Education Committee. Your calls are needed
until the end of January to oppose this bill before it gains momentum.


At the end of the month we will be contacting Senator Tapia again to
see if he will finally withdraw it. If not, we will send another elert
asking you to contact the members of the Senate Education Committee.


We are working in conjunction with Treon Goossen of Concerned Parents
of Colorado to defeat this bill because we cannot allow the school age
to be lowered from seven to six and raised from 16 to 17.

Action Requested:

During the month of January, please call the sponsor of the bill.
Senator Tapia, and give him this message:

"Please withdraw Senate Bill 73, which expands the compulsory
attendance age. This bill is unnecessary. It restricts parental choice
and wastes taxpayer money."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler.

You can ask for Senator Tapia by calling the Senate hotline at
1-888-473-8136. Or you can call Senator Tapia directly at
303-866-4878.

Background:

> Lowering the compulsory attendance age from seven to six and raising
it from 16 to 17 would subject Colorado home educators to the
requirements of the homeschool statute one year earlier and one year
later 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.

> Raising the compulsory attendance age will not reduce the dropout
rate. In fact, the two states with the highest 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. (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.

> It would restrict parents' freedom to decide if their 16-year-old is
ready for college or the workforce. Some 16-year-olds who are not
academically inclined benefit more from valuable work experience than
from being forced to sit in a classroom.

> 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=2791

Sincerely,


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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-> You can only do so much...

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Join HSLDA today-we'll watch out for your future.

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