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3/15/2006 11:13:46 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--Calls Needed to Stop Increase in Attendance Age

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

March 15, 2006

New Hampshire--Calls Needed to Stop Increase in Attendance Age

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Calls are needed immediately to stop Senate Bill 268 which would raise
the age of compulsory attendance from 16 to 18. If this bill became
law, families would be subject to Department of Education requirements
for two more years. The full Senate is expected to vote on the bill
Thursday, March 16. It has already passed the House.


Please call your senator immediately and ask him to oppose SB 268.
This bill affects all students, so it is not necessary to identify
yourself as a homeschooler.

Your message can be as simple as, "Please vote against Senate Bill
268, which would raise the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18.
It will raise taxes, but statistics show it will not reduce juvenile
crime or the dropout rate, and it will not increase the graduation

Use our legislative toolbox at to get
contact information for your senator


Proponents of raising the compulsory attendance age claim it will lead
to a higher graduation rate. But the state with the highest
graduation rate in the country, New Jersey, at 89%, only requires
attendance to age 16. In addition, Hawaii requires attendance to age
18 but has one of the nation's lowest graduation rates at 63%.

The facts demonstrate that forcing unwilling students to stay in
school longer does not increase graduation rates. Furthermore, it
does not reduce juvenile crime.

In addition, it is certain that your tax bill will increase. When
California raised its compulsory attendance age, taxpayers were forced
to pay for a whole new school system to handle the numerous problems
these unruly, unwilling students caused.

You may be told there is a "homeschool" exception to the higher
compulsory attendance age. That is simply not correct. Even students
who are being homeschooled would be required to comply with legal
requirements until age 18.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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