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3/20/2006 5:15:22 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Minnesota--Calls Needed to Stop Increased Control Over Homeschooling

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March 20, 2006

Minnesota--Calls Needed to Stop Increased Control Over Homeschooling

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Senate File 2124 would increase the reporting requirements for
Minnesota by two years, by lowering the required age for starting
school from 7 to 5. Though this bill has been in the Education
Committee for a year, it has just recently been revived, and is
scheduled for a committee hearing tomorrow. We have a short window of
time to make a difference!

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please call the Education Committee today and urge each senator to
vote against S.F. 2124. Tell them, "This bill is unnecessary. It
restricts parental choice and wastes taxpayer money. Please vote 'No'
on SF 2124!"

Education Committee:

Senator Steve Kelley, Chairman
(651) 297-8065
Senator Rod Skoe, Vice-Chair
(651) 296-4196
Senator Gen Olson, Ranking Minority Member
(651) 296-1282
Senator Michele Bachmann
(651) 296-4351
Senator Tarryl Clark
(651) 296-6455
Senator David Hann
(651) 296-1749
Senator Geoff Michel
(651) 296-6238
Senator Tom Saxhaug
651.296-4136
Senator LeRoy Stumpf
(651) 296-8660
Senator David Tomassoni
(651) 296-8017

BACKGROUND:

> Lowering the compulsory attendance age from 7 to 5 subjects
Minnesota home educators to the requirements of the homeschool statute
two years earlier than now required. (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.

> 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/docs/nche/Issues/E/Early_Education.asp

Sincerely,

Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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