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3/7/2006 10:42:29 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Idaho--Calls Needed to Prevent Expansion of Compulsory Attendance Age

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March 7, 2006

Idaho--Calls Needed to Prevent Expansion of Compulsory Attendance Age

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Senate Bill 1241, an early education bill, will be heard at 10 a.m.
today. Calls are needed immediately in order to stop this attempt to
expand the compulsory attendance law. This is the last bill that is
still alive out of five bills that would lead to mandatory
kindergarten.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please call your senator and give him this message:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 1241, which will mandate early
education programs in our schools that have not been proven to be
effective. This is a waste of taxpayers' dollars. It will also
increase the pressure to expand compulsory attendance, which will
restrict parents' choice in the education of their children."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler.

You can contact your senator by calling the Legislative Switchboard at
(208) 332-1000 or toll free at 1-800-626-0471.

2. Leave the above message with the Senate Education Committee
Chairman, Senator John Goedde (who can be contacted by calling the
Legislative Switchboard).

BACKGROUND:

Senator Schroeder has brought S.B. 1241 up for a hearing. This bill,
for the first time, would permit public schools to offer
pre-kindergarten programs to students as young as four years of age.
This is a first step in ultimately lowering even further the
compulsory age for all students including those taught at home.

While the bill purports to make these programs optional, history shows
us that there will be subsequent pressure to make them mandatory,
universal, and funded with taxpayer dollars.

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.

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=2791.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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