From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/6/2006 5:00:16 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--More Calls Still Needed to Stop Compulsory Attendance Bill

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

March 6, 2006

Colorado--More Calls Still Needed to Stop Compulsory Attendance Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

In our last e-lert we asked you to request that the Senate
Appropriations Committee not bring Senate Bill 073 up for a vote, but
we have discovered that it is better to ask the committee not to fund
the bill.


Please contact the senators below on the Senate Appropriations
Committee and give them this message:

"Please vote against funding Senate Bill 073, 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.

If the committee members ask where the bill is, say, "Ask Senator
Tapia." You can contact the members of the Senate Appropriations
Committee by calling the numbers listed below:

Committee Chair:
Senator Tapia

Committee Vice-Chair:
Senator Keller

Senator Brophy-opposes S. 73--no need to call

Senator Groff

Senator Grossman
303-866- 4852

Senator Lamborn

Senator Owen

Senator Teck

Senator Veiga

Senator Williams


Lowering the compulsory attendance age from 7 to 6 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

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 best 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:, or you can see
our previous e-lert at .


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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