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2/15/2006 2:48:34 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Carolina-Calls Needed-Stop Change in Compulsory Attendance Age

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February 15, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Your calls are needed to defeat Senate Bill 1005 which would lower the
compulsory attendance age in South Carolina from five to four. This
bill is presently in the Senate Education Committee. We need your help
to stop this bill in its tracks before it gains any momentum.

Current law permits a parent to sign a document electing not to have a
child under six attend school. Senate Bill 1005 would preserve this
election for parents, but future legislation may eliminate this
option, thereby making school attendance for four year olds mandatory.
Senate Bill 1005 is clearly a step in the wrong direction.

HSLDA opposes any legislation lowering the compulsory attendance age
because it further erodes parental rights in making decisions which
affect the educational preparedness of their children.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please contact as many members of the Senate Education Committee as
possible with this message:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 1005 lowering the compulsory
attendance age from five to four. This bill unnecessarily expands the
state's role in education. It will also waste taxpayer dollars, since
there is nothing to indicate that early schooling results in any
educational advantage for the child."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler, as this issue is broader
than homeschooling.

Members of the Committee are as follows:

Sen. John Courson (R), Chairman
(803) 256-7853
EDU@scsenate.org

Sen. Robert Hayes (R)
(803) 212-6410
set@scsenate.org

Sen. Linda Short (D)
512 Gressette Building
LHS@scsenate.org

Sen. Michael Fair (R)
(803) 212-6420
CP@scsenate.org

Sen. Darrell Jackson (D)
(803) 212-6048
DJ1@scsenate.org

Sen. Ray Cleary (R)
(803) 212-6032
CLEARYR@scsenate.org

Sen. Nikki Setzler (D)
(803) 212-6140
NGS@scsenate.org

Sen. William Mescher (R)
(803) 212-6320
SGE@scsenate.org

Sen. Kay Patterson (D)
(803) 212-6048
KAY@scsenate.org

Sen. Harvey Peeler (R)
(803) 212-6430
MED@scsenate.org

Sen. Ralph Anderson (D)
(803) 212-6108
RA@scsenate.org

Sen. Randy Scott (R)
(803) 212-6024
SCOTTR@scsenate.org

Sen. John Matthews (D)
(803) 212-6056
JWM@scsenate.org

Sen. Luke Rankin, Sr. (R)
(803) 212-6132
LR@scsenate.org

Sen. Chauncy Gregory (R)
(803) 212-6330
SFG@scsenate.org

Sen. Phil Leventis (D)
(803) 212-6000
PL@scsenate.org

Sen. Scott Richardson (R)
(803) 212-6040
SR1@scsenate.org

2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact members of the committee with
this same message.

BACKGROUND:

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. This bill would potentially 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 school.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2051.

To view the text of the bill, please visit
http://www.scstatehouse.net/sess116_2005-2006/bills/1005.doc

Sincerely,


Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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