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3/27/2006 3:02:36 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Florida--Calls Needed Immediately!

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March 27, 2006

Florida--Calls Needed Immediately!

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

House Bill 403, if passed, would allow school districts to raise the
compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18. The bill was recently
referred to the PreK-12 Committee and is scheduled to be heard
tomorrow, March 28, at 1 p.m.

We need you to call the members of the PreK-12 Committee and ask them
to vote against this legislation.

This bill requires your children to be under the state's jurisdiction
for two more years. This means, if you are under the homeschool law,
you would have to test or evaluate your children for two more school
years. If your homeschool is operating under the private school law,
you will have to be covered by a private school for two more years.

Your calls helped defeat similar bills in the past. We need your calls
again to defeat these new threats to homeschool freedom.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please call as many members of the House PreK-12 Committee as you can
and give them this message:

"Please vote against funding House Bill 403 which would expand the
compulsory attendance age. This bill is unnecessary. It restricts
parental choice and wastes taxpayer money."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler.

> Representative Sheri McInvale is the sponsor of this bill.

You can call Representative McInvale at (850) 488-0660.

You can contact the House PreK-12 Committee at (850) 414-6694. Their
names are listed below:

Rep. Rafael Arza, chair
Rep. Joe H. Pickens, vice chair
Rep. Loranne Ausley
Rep. Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff
Rep. Marti Coley
Rep. Frank Farkas
Rep. Kenneth Allan Gottlieb
Rep. Stan Mayfield
Rep. Dave Murzin
Rep. Curtis B. Richardson
Rep. Anthony Trey Traviesa

BACKGROUND:

Raising the compulsory attendance age will not reduce the dropout
rate. In fact, the two states with the best 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.

It would restrict parents' freedom to decide if their 16-year-old is
ready for college or the workforce. Some 16-year-olds who are not
academically inclined benefit more from valuable work experience than
from being forced to sit in a classroom.

Another significant impact of expanding the compulsory attendance age
is the 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/elink.asp?id=2802 .

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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