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3/13/2006 4:59:27 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rhode Island--Calls Needed to Prevent Expanding Attendance Age

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March 13, 2006

Rhode Island--Calls Needed to Prevent Expanding Attendance Age

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Calls are needed immediately to stop Rhode Island House Bill 7384
which would lower the age of compulsory attendance from age 6 to 5,
and would require every child to attend a recognized or accredited
kindergarten program prior to first grade.

If this bill became law, families would be subject to the requirements
of the homeschool statute one year earlier. The Rhode Island House
Health, Education and Welfare Committee will hold a hearing on this
bill on Wednesday, March 15, in House Room 135.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please call your state representative immediately if he or she is on
the Health, Education and Welfare Committee, and ask him or her to
oppose H.B. 7384. You can express your opposition in your own words.
Be concise and courteous. Here is an example:

"Please vote against House Bill 7384, which would lower the age at
which children must start school from 6 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 there is no need to identify
yourself as a homeschooler.

You can use our legislative toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2906 to find your representative.

The following representatives are on the Rhode Island House Health,
Education and Welfare Committee:

Chairperson Joseph M. McNamara,
(401) 941-8319
rep-mcnamara@rilin.state.ri.us

Vice Chairperson Peter T. Ginaitt,
(401) 732-2695
rep-ginaitt@rilin.state.ri.us

Secretary Arthur Handy
(401) 785-8996)
rep-handy@rilin.state.ri.us

Grace Diaz,
(401) 467-8413
rep-diaz@rilin.state.ri.us

Charlene Lima,
(401) 222-6595
rep-lima@rilin.state.ri.us

John J. Loughlin Jr.
(401) 732-2695
rep-loughlin@rilin.state.ri.us

Rene R. Menard,
(401) 765-1499
rep-menard@rilin.state.ri.us

Paul E. Moura,
(401) 222-6690
rep-moura@rilin.state.ri.us

Richard W. Singleton,
(401) 333-8106
rep-singleton@rilin.state.ri.us

Susan Story,
(401) 245-5083
rep-story@rilin.state.ri.us

Raymond J. Sullivan Jr.,
(401) 828-9207
rep-sullivan@rilin.state.ri.us

Stephen R. Ucci,
(401) 275-5559
rep-ucci@rilin.state.ri.us

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.

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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-> How long are you in for?

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graduating and some just reaching school age. If you're going to
be "in" for a while, consider a lifetime membership with HSLDA.
It's a good deal for families with more than 10 years of
homeschooling ahead.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1936

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