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2/23/2006 11:18:18 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota--Calls Needed to Stop Compulsory Attendance Age Decrease

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February 23, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Calls are needed this morning to stop South Dakota House Bill 1234
which would lower the age of compulsory attendance from 7 to 5.

The Senate Education Committee voted to kill the bill, but a
parliamentary procedure was used to bring the bill to the senate
floor. It will be voted on today! It has already passed the House,
so this is our final opportunity to defeat this bill. If this bill
passes, homeschoolers will be required to submit to state requirements
2 additional years.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please call your state senator immediately and ask him or her to vote
against H.B. 1234. You can express your opposition in your own words.
Be concise and courteous. Here is an example:

"Please vote against House Bill 1234, which would lower the age at
which children must start school from 7 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
homeschooler.

You can use our legislative toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2827 to find your senator.

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 also 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.

Under current law, 6 is the nominal age of compulsory attendance, but
parents have a right to waive compulsory attendance for their
6-year-old, so attendance is not actually required until age 7.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum "Mandatory Kindergarten Is Unnecessary" at
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000000/00000028.asp .

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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