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2/6/2006 1:13:14 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota--Calls Needed to Oppose Change to Compulsory Attendance

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

February 6, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Calls are needed immediately to stop House Bill 1234 (H.B. 1234) which
would lower the age of compulsory attendance from 6 to 5. It also
eliminates the waiver that automatically allows 6-year-olds to wait
until age 7 to enter school. If this bill became law, families would
be subject to the requirements of the homeschool statute two years
earlier than now required. H.B. 1234 is scheduled for a hearing
before the House Education Committee on Tuesday, February 7 at 10 a.m.

Many education experts have concluded that beginning a child's formal
education before they are academically and socially ready may damage
their confidence and self-esteem causing poor scholastic performance

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.

In addition, it is certain that your tax bill will increase to pay for
more classroom space and teachers to accommodate the additional
students compelled to attend public schools.

Action Requested:

Please call all the members of the House Education Committee
immediately--especially if one is your representative--and ask them to
vote against this bill on Tuesday morning. You can express your
opposition in your own words. Be concise and courteous. Here is an

"Please vote against House Bill 1234, which would lower the compulsory
attendance age from 6 to 5. This bill will raise taxes, will force
students to start school too early, and will take away parental
freedom to determine when their children should start school."

This bill affects all students, so do not identify yourself as a

House Education Committee Members:

Representative Phyllis M Heineman--Chair
Home: 605-339-2167
Fax: 605-339-7015

Representative Ed McLaughlin--Vice Chair
Home: 605-343-8713
Capitol: 605-224-0411
Business: 605-343-8713
Fax: 605-348-6708

Representative Jim Bradford
Home: 605-867-5369
Capitol: 605-441-8805
Business: 605-867-5174

Representative Thomas J Brunner
Home: 605-257-2336
Business: 605-257-2153
Fax: 605-257-2336

Representative Michael Buckingham
Home: 605-343-7657
Capitol: 605-224-0411
Business: 605-394-5050
Fax: 605-394-5054

Representative Burt Elliott
Home: 605-225-7136
Business: 605-725-8100

Representative Thomas R Hills
Home: 605-642-5620

Representative Paul Nelson
Home: 605-983-5014
Capitol: 605-223-2462
Fax: 605-983-5014

Representative Al Novstrup
Home: 605-226-2505
Capitol: 605-360-9711
Business: 605-360-9711
Fax: 605-226-8508

Representative Ryan P Olson
Home: 605-258-2398
Capitol: 605-773-3851
Business: 605-280-2398
Fax: 801-409-8499

Representative Elaine Roberts
Home: 605-331-5788
Capitol: 605-224-0411

Representative Donna Schafer
Home: 605-624-4819
Capitol: 605-224-4200

Representative Thomas J Van Norman
Home: 605-964-8665
Business: 605-964-6686
Fax: 605-964-1166

Representative Keri K Weems
Home: 605-274-2525
Capitol: 605-224-4200
Fax: 605-274-2525

Representative Hal G Wick
Home: 605-332-1360
Capitol: 605-224-5951
Fax: 605-332-4365

You can use our legislative toolbox at to find your representative.


For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum "Mandatory Kindergarten Is Unnecessary" at

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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