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2/23/2006 2:48:10 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Alabama--Calls Needed to Oppose Compulsory Attendance Age Bill

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February 23, 2006

Alabama--Calls Needed to Oppose Compulsory Attendance Age Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Your calls are needed today to stop a bill that would raise the
compulsory attendance age in Alabama from 16 to 18. Alabama House Bill
259, which would make this change in the law, has already received a
second reading in the House Education Committee and is poised to go to
the full House for a vote. We are told that the vote may come as soon
as today or tomorrow.

If this bill is passed, it would mean that students receiving home
instruction through a church school or private tutor would be subject
to the compulsory attendance requirements for two additional years.
This is an unnecessary expansion of state control over education.

Please call your state representative now to stop this bad bill!

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please contact your state representative and urge him to vote
against House Bill 259 by giving him this message:

"Please vote against House Bill 259 which would raise Alabama's
compulsory school attendance age. This bill restricts the right of
parents to choose educational or work options for their children. This
bill will also waste taxpayer dollars in requiring the attendance of
students who are unwilling to remain in school."

Please do not identify yourself as a homeschooling family, since this
issue is broader than just homeschooling.

To find the name of your state representative, use HSLDA's Legislative
Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2860 .

2. Please forward this e-mail to every homeschooling family you know
who is not a member of HSLDA and urge them to contact their state
representatives with this same message.

BACKGROUND

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.

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=2051 .

Sincerely,

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