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3/30/2006 11:12:38 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--Calls Needed to Stop Compulsory Attendance Bill

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March 30, 2006

New Hampshire--Calls Needed to Stop Compulsory Attendance Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The New Hampshire Legislature is attempting to curb parental rights by
mandating state control over a child's education for an additional two
years by raising the age of compulsory attendance from 16 to 18.

Senate Bill 268 has passed the Senate and is now in the House. The
House Education Committee will be conducting a public hearing April 4,
2006. They need to hear your voice! If this bill became law,
families would be subject to Department of Education requirements for
another two years.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please call your representative if he or she is on the House Education
Committee and ask him or her to oppose S.B. 268. This bill affects
all students, so it is not necessary to identify yourself as a
homeschooler. Use our legislative toolbox to find your representative
at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .

Your message can be as simple as, "Please vote against Senate Bill
268, which would raise the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18.
It won't work and it costs too much."

Members of the House Education Committee:

Stephen R. L'Heureux--Chairman
Phone: (603)668-2708
email: stephen.l'heureux@leg.state.nh.us

David W. Hess--Vice Chairman
Phone: (603)485-9027
email: dave.hess@leg.state.nh.us

Debra A. Naro
Phone: (603)536-3789
email: danaro@adelphia.net

Michael A. Balboni
Phone: (603)598-3851
email: mabalboni@earthlink.net

Mark S. Carter
Phone: (603)924-4206
email: mcarter@aseasf.com

Barbara J. Hagan
Phone: (603)644-1200
email: barbara.hagan@leg.state.nh.us

Paul C. Ingbretson
Phone: (603)989-3092
email: paul.ingbretson@leg.state.nh.us

Clifford A. Newton
Phone (603) 332-1006

W. Packy Campbell
Phone: (603)859-6273
email: packyc@worldpath.net

Timothy E. Easson
Phone: (603)755-3466
email: timothy.easson@leg.state.nh.us

Michael B. Asselin
Phone: (603)642-7205
email: masselin@gza.com

William J. Remick
Phone: (603)788-2444
email: pam-bill@verizon.net

Nancy F. Stiles
Phone: (603)926-6467
email: nancy.stiles@leg.state.nh.us

John L. Ward
Phone: (603)444-6945
email: jlward@cisunix.unh.edu

Clair A. Snyder
Phone: (603)742-4777
email: snyderclair@aol.com

Charles B. Yeaton
Phone: (603)736-9087
email: cyeaton@metrocast.net

Claudette R. Jean
Phone: (603)883-3824
email: crjean2@verizon.net

Claire D. Clarke
Phone: (603)796-2268

Deanna P. Rush
Phone: (603)485-4288
email: DeannaRush@cs.com

J Timothy Dunn
Phone: (603)357-7993
email: tim.dunn@leg.state.nh.us

Kimberley S. Casey
Phone: (603)772-8506
email: caseycorps@aol.com

Emma L. Rous
Phone: (603)868-7030
email: emma.rous@leg.state.nh.us


BACKGROUND:

Proponents of raising the compulsory attendance age claim it will lead
to a higher graduation rate. But the state with the highest
graduation rate in the country, New Jersey, at 89%, only requires
attendance to age 16. In addition, Hawaii requires attendance to age
18 but has one of the nation's lowest graduation rates at 63%.

The facts demonstrate that forcing unwilling students to stay in
school longer does not increase graduation rates. Furthermore, it
does not reduce juvenile crime.

In addition, it is certain that your tax bill will increase. When
California raised its compulsory attendance age, taxpayers were forced
to pay for a whole new school system to handle the numerous problems
these unruly, unwilling students caused.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/E/Early_Education.asp .

You may be told there is a "homeschool" exception to the higher
compulsory attendance age. That is simply not correct. Even students
who are being homeschooled would be required to comply with legal
requirements until age 18.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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