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2/1/2006 2:41:33 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Hawaii--Hearing Friday on Mandatory Kindergarten Bill

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February 1, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The Hawaii legislature is attempting to require attendance in
kindergarten and to lower the compulsory attendance age from 6 to 5.
So far a total of five bills have been introduced this year, three in
the House and two in the Senate.

One of these bills, Senate Bill 2186 is scheduled for a hearing this
Friday. Please call all the members of the Education and Military
Affairs Committee listed below and urge them to vote against this
bill. The committee is to hear the bill on February 3, 2006, at 1:15
p.m. in Room 225.

Last year, many thought these proposals could not be stopped but your
calls were successful and the bills did not pass. Your calls and
emails are vital to help defeat these bills. With a little bit of
effort and persistence homeschoolers can be victorious again.

Action Requested:

1. Please call and email the Senate Education and Military Affairs
Committee members listed below and give them this message:

"Please oppose Senate Bill 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.

A study conducted just last year by Stanford University and the
University of California found that early attendance hinders the rate
at which young children develop social skills and display the
motivation to engage in classroom tasks.

Please oppose both Senate Bill 2186 and Senate Bill 2888."

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

Senate Education and Military Affairs Committee Members

Chairman
Senator Norman Sakamoto
Phone: 808-586-8585
Email: sensakamoto@Capitol.hawaii.gov


Vice-Chairman
Senator Gary L. Hooser
Phone: 808-586-6030
From Kauai, toll free 274-3141 + 66030
Email: senhooser@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland
Phone: 808-586-6130
Email: senchunoakland@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Clarence K. Nishihara
Phone: 808-586-6970
Email: sennishihara@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Shan S. Tsutsui
Phone: 808-586-7344
From Maui, toll free 984-2400 + 67344
Email: sentsutsui@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Bob Hogue
Phone: 808-587-7215
Email: senhogue@Capitol.hawaii.gov

2. Please continue to call and email the House Education Committee and
the House Finance Committee members listed online at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2814 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.

Additionally, a study conducted just last year by Stanford University
and the University of California found that early attendance hinders
the rate at which young children develop social skills and display the
motivation to engage in classroom tasks."

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

Background:

Currently there are three bills in the House--H.B. 2088, H.B. 2089,
and H.B. 2139--and two bills in the Senate--S.B. 2186 and S.B. 2888.
All of these bills require a homeschool parent to file the notice of
intent letter if their child is to turn 5 by January 1. Homeschool
parents will also be required to submit an annual progress report at
the end of their school year for their 5-year-old.

It is interesting to note that a research study conducted in 2005 by
Stanford University and the University of California found that
"attendance in preschool centers, even for short periods of time each
week, hinders the rate at which young children develop social skills
and display the motivation to engage classroom tasks, as reported by
their kindergarten teachers."

For more information on these bills online see
http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/HI/default.asp .

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

If you are not yet 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 put on
our email list to receive vital e-lerts you may sign up at
https://secure.hslda.org/hslda/elert/account.asp?Process=Subscribe .

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

Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2078

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