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3/17/2006 11:25:33 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York--Calls needed to stop school for 5-year-olds

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March 17, 2006

New York--Calls needed to stop school for 5-year-olds


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The New York Assembly just introduced a bill that would lower the age
at which a child is required to attend school from 6 to 5.

Assembly Bill 10297 enables all school districts to require all
children to attend school if they will turn 5 on or before December 1
of that school year. While this bill claims to have an "exemption" for
homeschool and nonpublic school students, the exemption has no effect
because the bill requires that the student be "enrolled" in a
homeschool or nonpublic school to be exempt.

Therefore, all homeschoolers will have to submit a notice of intent
for their 5-year-olds as well as an Individualized Home Instruction
Plan (IHIP) and quarterly reports in order to claim that the child is
"enrolled" in a homeschool program. There is no exemption.

We need your calls now to the Assembly Education Committee members
right away. Since this bill will lower the compulsory attendance age
for all students you do not need to let them know you are a
homeschooler.

REQUESTED ACTION

1. Please call and email the Assembly Education Committee members
listed below to give them this message in your own words:

"Please oppose Assembly Bill 10297. Lowering the compulsory school
attendance age from 6 to 5 takes away the right of parents to decide
whether their children are ready for school and would only waste
taxpayers' money."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler; instead you can identify
yourself as a concerned parent and taxpayer.

Assembly Education Committee Members

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Chairman
518-455-4851
nolanc@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo
518-455-5402
arroyoc@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Michael Benedetto
518-455-5296
benedem@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman James F. Brennan
518-455-5377
brennaj@assembly.state.ny.us

Sponsor of bill
Assemblywoman Barbara M. Clark
518-455-4711
clarkb@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Jr.
518-455-5514
diazr@ assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Thomas P. DiNapoli
518-455-5192
dinapot@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Patricia A. Eddington
518-455-4901
eddingp@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Steve Englebright
518-455-4804
engles@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Aurelia Greene
518-455-5671
greenea@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper
518-455-5861
No Email Address

Assemblywoman Susan V. John
518-455-4527
johns@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Tom Kirwan
518-455-5762
kirwant@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman John W. Lavelle
518-455-4677
lavellj@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli
518-455-4826
magnarw@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman David G. McDonough
518-455-4633
McDonoD@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Jimmy Meng
518-455-5411
mengj@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Joel M. Miller
518-455-5725
millerj@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Louis A. Mosiello
518-455-3662
mosiell@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman William L. Parment
518-455-4511
parmenw@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin
518-455-5585
paulina@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Philip Ramos
518-455-5185
ramosp@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Bill Reilich
518-455-4664
reilicw@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Bob Reilly
518-455-5931
reillyr@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino
518-455-5305
saladij@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Teresa R. Sayward
518-455-5565
saywart@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney
518-455-5787
sweeney@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr.
518-455-5997
thielef@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Paul D. Tonko
518-455-5197
tonkop@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg
518-455-3028
weisenh@assembly.state.ny.us


BACKGROUND

This is the bill that we have been expecting since the Board of
Regents refused to hear the concerns of parents this past fall. If you
remember, we sent out an e-lert in October urging you to contact that
Board of Regents and comment on the revisions to their policy
statement entitled "Early Education for Student Achievement in a
Global Community." You can view that e-lert online at
http://www.hslda.org/elert/archive/2005/10/20051018120133.asp .

After hearing from several hundred concerned parents they continued to
press on towards their goal of lowering the compulsory attendance age
to 5, and implementing a state-wide pre-kindergarten program for 3 and
4-year-old children in every school district.

> Lowering the compulsory attendance age from 6 to 5 would subject New
York home educators to the requirements of the homeschool laws one
year earlier. Homeschool parents would be required to submit a notice
of intent, IHIP, and quarterly reports for their 5-year-old. (You do
not need to share this reason with your legislators.)

> 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.

> It would restrict parents' freedom to decide if their children are
ready for school.

> 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.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1421 .

If you are not yet a member of HSLDA and would like to help us fight
for greater homeschool freedom in New York please visit
http://www.hslda.org/join/apply.asp . Join or renew online between now
and March 18 and you can save up to an additional $30 off membership!

If you would like to be put on our e-mail list to receive vital
e-lerts you may sign up at
https://secure.hslda.org/hslda/elert/account.asp?Process=Subscribe .

Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in New York!

Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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