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1/24/2006 4:16:39 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Mass.--Calls Needed to Stop Compulsory Attendance Age Expansion

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Dear HSLDA members and friends:

House Bill 1202 would raise the compulsory attendance age from 16 to
17 or 10th grade. This bill is currently before the Joint Committee on
Education, where your calls are needed to defeat it.

Action Requested:

Please call each member of the Joint Committee on Education and give
them this message, "Forcing teenagers to be in school longer is a
waste of taxpayer money and a distraction to the children that want to
learn. Please vote 'No' on HB 1202!" (There is no need to identify
yourself as a homeschooler.)

Legislators:

Senator Robert Antonioni
617-722-1230

Senator Edward Augustus
617-722-1485

Senator Dianne Wilkerson
617-722-1673

Senator Pamela Resor
617-722-1120

Senator Karen Spilka
617-722-1640

Senator Scott Brown
617-722-1555

Representative Patricia Haddad
617-722-2070

Representative Geraldine Creedon
617-722-2070

Representative Petersen
617-722-2637

Representative Paul Kujawski
617-722-2017

Representative Stephen LeDuc
617-722-2011

Representative Alice Wolf
617-722-2400

Representative Robert Nyman
617-722-2020

Representative Matthew Patrick
617-722-2090

Representative Martha Walz
617-722-2460

Representative Jeffrey Perry
617-722-2396

Representative Richard Ross
617-722-2305

Background:

Raising the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 17 would subject
Massachusetts home educators to the requirements of the approval law
for an additional year. (You do not need to share this reason with
your legislators).

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. These 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.

Sincerely,

Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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