From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/15/2006 11:51:50 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Alabama--CORRECTED: Calls Needed to Stop Compulsory Attendance Bill

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

March 15, 2006

Alabama--CORRECTED: Calls Needed to Stop Compulsory Attendance Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We inadvertently listed the wrong committee members in our e-lert this
morning for House Bill 259. The list of committee members below has
been corrected.

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 is receiving a hearing today at 1:30 p.m. in the House Education
Committee. A favorable recommendation from the Committee would send
this bill to the full House for a vote.

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 would require parents whose children are enrolled in a church
school to pay tuition fees and remain compliant with their church
school's requirements until the child turns 18 years old. Parents who
educate their child under the provisions of the private tutor statute
would have to maintain attendance and academic records until the child
turns 18 years old. This is an unnecessary expansion of state control
over education.

Please call members of the House Education Committee now to stop this
bad bill!


1. Please call (no time to write) as many members of the House
Education Committee as possible and urge them to vote against House
Bill 259 with 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.

The contact information for the members of the House Education
Committee is as follows:

Rep. Yvonne Kennedy (D), Chairman
(334) 242-7737

Rep. Terry Spicer (D), Vice Chairman
(334) 242-7773

Rep. Albert Morton (R), Ranking Minority Member
(334) 242-7763

Rep. Scott Beason (R)
(334) 242-7720

Rep. Barbara Boyd (D
(334) 242-7692

Rep. Randy Davis (R)
(334) 242-7724

Rep. Priscilla Dunn (D)
(334) 242-7702

Rep. Lea Fite (D)
(334) 242-7728

Rep. H. Mac Gipson (R)
(334) 242-7695

Rep. Randy Henshaw (D)
(334) 242-7733

Rep. Jim McClendon (R)
(334) 242-7749

Rep. Joseph Mitchell (D)
(334) 242-7735

Rep. Jerry Oden (R)
(334) 242-7722

Rep. Sue Schmitz (D)
(334) 242-7704

Rep. Tommy Shearer (D)
(334) 242-7694

To find the name of your state representative, use HSLDA's Legislative
Toolbox at .

2. Please forward this email 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.


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


Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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