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3/27/2006 3:20:33 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Michigan--Bad Legislation Looming Ahead

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March 27, 2006

Michigan--Bad Legislation Looming Ahead

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Governor Jennifer Granholm has recently announced plans to increase
the compulsory attendance age for Michigan students from 16 to 18. She
believes this will solve the dropout problem Michigan public schools
are currently experiencing. She even claimed during appearances in
Detroit and Clinton Townships that students would not be able to
compete in the global marketplace if this increase in the compulsory
attendance age doesn't occur.

This of course would mean two more years of government control over
homeschooling. Presently, the public school districts' authority over
homeschoolers ends when a child reaches the age of 16.

Furthermore, 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.)

In addition, Gov. Granholm believes that Michigan needs to have a core
curriculum requirement for their public schools. "We're one of the few
states that right now doesn't have a core curriculum--and that's not
acceptable," states Granholm. The plan would require students to take
four years of English and math, three years of science and social
science, one year of health and physical education, a year of visual
or performing art, and an online class.

While the core curriculum requirement would not directly affect
homeschoolers, it may pose a problem for Michigan homeschool high
school graduates trying to get into Michigan colleges.

This potential two-year increase in the compulsory attendance age must
not happen. Keep your eye out for HSLDA e-lerts with further
instructions on how you can help stop this initiative.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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