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1/24/2006 4:35:11 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Hawaii -- Calls Needed to Stop Mandatory Kindergarten

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Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Four bills have just been introduced in the Hawaii legislature that
would lower the compulsory attendance age from 6 to 5 and make
kindergarten mandatory. Last year, many thought the legislation could
not be stopped but your calls were successful and the bills did not
pass. We can do it again. Your calls are needed again in order to
prevent any movement on these bills.

While all of House bills listed below are slightly different, they all
lower the compulsory attendance age from 6 to 5 and make kindergarten
mandatory. All of these bills would require a homeschool parent to
file the notice of intent letter if their child is to turn 5 by
January 1st. Homeschool parents will also be required to submit an
annual progress report at the end of their school year for their
5-year-old.

All of the House bills are currently in both the Education and Finance
Committees while Senate Bill 2186 has not yet been assigned to a
committee.

Please call all of the legislators listed below and urge them to vote
against these bills. Help get the word out about these bills and
forward this e-mail to your friends and family who would be opposed to
these changes.

Action Requested:

1. Please call and e-mail the House Education Committee members listed
below and give them this message:

"Please oppose House Bills 2088, 2089, and 2139. Lowering the
compulsory school attendance age from 6 to 5 and making kindergarten
mandatory takes away the right of parents to decide whether their
children are ready for school and would only waste taxpayers' money."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler, instead you can identify
yourself as a concerned parent and taxpayer.

House Education Committee Members

Committee Chairman:
Representative Roy M. Takumi
Phone 808-586-6170
E-mail reptakumi@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Vice Chairman:
Representative Lyla B. Berg, PH.D.
Phone 808-586-6510
email repberg@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Dennis A. Arakaki
Phone 808-586-6050
E-mail reparakaki@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Rida T.R. Cabanilla
Phone 808-586-6080
E-mail repcabanilla@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Jerry L. Chang
Phone 808-586-6120
From the Big Island,
toll free 974-4000 + 66120
e-mail repchang@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Corinne W.L. Ching
Phone 808-586-9415
E-mail repching@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Lynn Finnegan
Phone 808-586-9470
E-mail repfinnegan@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Josh Green, M.D.
Phone 808-586-9605
From the Big Island,
toll free 974-4000 + 69605
E-mail repgreen@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Helene H. Hale
Phone 808-586-6530
From the Big Island,
toll free 974-4000 + 66530
E-mail rephale@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Bev Harbin
Phone 808-586-6180
E-mail repharbin@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Michael Puamamo Kahikina
Phone 808-586-8465
E-mail repkahikina@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Maile S. L. Shimabukuro
Phone 808-586-8460
E-mail repshimabukuro@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Tommy Waters
Phone 808-586-9450
E-mail repwaters@Capitol.hawaii.gov

2. Please call and e-mail the House Finance Committee members listed
below and give them this message:

"Please oppose House Bills 2088, 2089, and 2139. Lowering the
compulsory school attendance age from 6 to 5 and making kindergarten
mandatory takes away the right of parents to decide whether their
children are ready for school and would only waste taxpayers' money."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler, instead you can identify
yourself as a concerned parent and taxpayer.

House Finance Committee Members

Chairman
Representative Dwight Y. Takamine
Phone 808-586-6200
From the Big Island,
toll free 974-4000 + 66200
E-mail reptakamine@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Vice-Charman
Representative Bertha C. Kawakami
Phone 808-586-6280
From Kauai, toll free 274-3141 + 66280
e-mail repkawakami@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Mele Carroll
Phone 808-586-6790
From Maui, toll free 984-2400 + 66790
From Molokai and Lanai,
toll free 1-800-468-4644 + 66790
E-mail repcarroll@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Pono Chong
Phone 808-586-9490; fax 808-586-9496
E-mail repchong@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Cindy Evans
Phone 808-586-8510
From the Big Island,
toll free 974-4000 + 68510
E-mail repevans@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Marilyn B. Lee
Phone 808-586-9460
E-mail replee@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Michael Y. Magaoay
Phone 808-586-6380
E-mail repmagaoay@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Colleen Rose Meyer
Phone 808-586-8540
E-mail repmeyer@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Mark S. Moses
Phone 808-586-8500
E-mail repmoses@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Bob Nakasone
Phone 808-586-6210
From Maui, toll free 984-2400 + 66210
E-mail repnakasone@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Scott Y. Nishimoto
Phone 808-586-8515
E-mail repnishimoto@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Anne V. Stevens
Phone 808-586-8520
E-mail repstevens@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Kameo Tanaka
Phone 808-586-6160
From Maui, toll free 984-2400 + 66160
E-mail reptanaka@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Clift Tsuji
Phone 808-586-8480
From the Big Island,
toll free 974-4000 + 68480
E-mail reptsuji@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Glenn Wakai
Phone 808-586-6220
E-mail repwakai@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Ryan I. Yamane
Phone 808-586-6150
E-mail repyamane@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Kyle T. Yamashita
Phone 808-586-6330
From Maui, toll free 984-2400 + 66330
E-mail repyamashita@Capitol.hawaii.gov

3. Please call the sponsors of Senate Bill 2186 listed below to give
them this message:

"Please withdraw your support for S.B. 2186. Lowering the compulsory
school attendance age from 6 to 5 and making kindergarten mandatory
takes away the right of parents to decide whether their children are
ready for school and would only waste taxpayers' money."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler, instead you can identify
yourself as a concerned parent and taxpayer.

Senate Bill 2186 Sponsors

Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland
Phone 808-586-6130
E-mail senchunoakland@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Brian Kanno
Phone 808-586-6830
E-mail senkanno@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Carol Fukunaga
Phone 808-586-6890
E-mail: senfukunaga@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Background:

House Bill 2088 will require any child who will turn 5 by January 1st
to attend a public or private school or be homeschooled. Kindergarten
or junior kindergarten will be mandatory if the child is 5 by that
date. Senate Bill 2186 is identical to this bill.

House Bill 2089 will require a child who turns 5 by January 1st to
attend school. While kindergarten is mandatory for a child who is 5,
attendance in junior kindergarten is not. H.B. 2089 also removes
guidelines which state when a child may attend kindergarten.

House Bill 2139 is the same as H.B. 2089 but keeps the current
guidelines as to when a child may attend kindergarten.

> Lowering the compulsory attendance age from six to five would
subject Hawaii home educators to the requirements of the homeschool
laws one year earlier. (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.

> It would restrict parents' freedom to decide if their children are
ready for school.

> 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.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1421 .

If you are not a member of HSLDA and would like to help us fight for
greater homeschool freedom in Hawaii please visit
http://www.hslda.org/join/apply.asp . If you would like to be on our
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http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2803 .

Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in Hawaii.

Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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