From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


1/24/2006 3:35:38 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Florida--Calls Needed to Prevent Expansion of State Control

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Senate Bills 772 and 1238 will expand the state's control over your
children for two more years. An almost identical bill was filed in the
House (House Bill 403).

All the bills require your children to be under the state's
jurisdiction for 2 more years. This means, if you are under the
homeschool law, you have to test or evaluate your children for two
more school years.

These bills must be defeated before they gain momentum.

Your calls are needed until the end of January to oppose these bills
and encourage the sponsors to withdraw them.

At the end of the month we will contact the sponsors to see if they
will finally withdraw them. If not, we will send another e-lert asking
you to contact the members of the House and Senate Education

Action Requested:

During the month of January, please call the sponsors of these bills
and give them this message:

"Please withdraw [Senate Bill 772/Senate Bill 1238/ House Bill 403]
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.

> Senate Bill 772 is sponsored by Senator Constantine
> Senate Bill 1238 is sponsored by Senator Wilson
> House Bill 403 is sponsored by Representative McInvale

You can ask for Senators Constantine and Wilson and Representative
McInvale by calling Legislative Services at 1-850-488-4371.


Raising the compulsory attendance age will not reduce the dropout
rate. In fact, the two states with the best 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
is the 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: 2802 .


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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