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2/2/2006 4:38:53 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Hawaii--Another Mandatory Kindergarten Hearing

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February 2, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Another mandatory kindergarten bill, House Bill 2089, is scheduled for
a hearing tomorrow. Please call all the members of the House Education
Committee listed below, if you have not already done so this week. The
committee is to hear the bill on February 3, 2006, at 2 p.m. in
conference room 309.

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:

Please call and email the House Education Committee members listed
below and give them this message:

"Please oppose House Bill 2089. 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 House Bills 2088, 2089 and 2139."

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

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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like this level of protection?

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1100

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