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2/2/2006 5:17:09 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--Calls Needed Immediately to Oppose Compulsory Attendance Bill

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February 2, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Despite receiving many calls Senator Tapia will not withdraw his
compulsory attendance bill.

The bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education Committee on
Thursday, February 9. We need you to call the Senate Education
Committee to prevent this bill from being supported.

Action Requested:

Please call the Senate Education Committee members and give them this
message:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 73, 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.

You can contact the members of the Senate Education Committee by
calling the numbers listed below:

Committee Chair: Senator Windels 303-866-4840
Committee Vice-Chair: Senator Bacon 303-866-4841
Members: Senator Evans 303-866-4881
Senator Jones 303-866-6364
Senator Spence 303-866-4883
Senator Tupa 303-866-4872
Senator Williams 303-866-3432

Background:

Lowering the compulsory attendance age from seven to six and raising
it from 16 to 17 would subject Colorado home educators to the
requirements of the homeschool statute one year earlier and one year
later than now required. (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.

Raising the compulsory attendance age will not reduce the dropout
rate. In fact, the two states with the highest 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 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.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2791 , or you can see
our previous e-lert at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id= 2816 .

Sincerely,


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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