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4/6/2006 2:35:15 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Hawaii--Calls needed to stop Government Nanny Bills

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April 6, 2006

Hawaii--Calls needed to stop Government Nanny Bills

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

There are two government nanny bills which have made their way through
the House and Senate that focus on early education for children as
young as 4 years old.

Senate Bill 3101 is currently in the House. This bill would establish
an "early learning task force" to develop and expand early education
programs for 4 and 5-year-old children.

House Bill 3237 creates the Office of Early Learning in the Department
of Education with the goal of developing, implementing and sustaining
a comprehensive early learning system for all young children from
birth to 5.

These bills drastically increase Hawaii's spending on early education
programs and demonstrate an effort to get very young children into the
public education system.

We are concerned that it is only a matter of time before these
voluntary programs become mandatory, particularly with Hawaii's
history on compulsory education bills. Please call your Senator and
Representative today and urge them to vote against S.B. 3101 and H.B.
3237.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Please call and email your Representative and give him or her this
message in your own words:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 3101. Creating the Early Learning
Task Force would only waste taxpayer money. Most studies have shown
that any educational gains are lost by the 3rd grade.

Additionally, a recent study found attendance at preschool programs,
even for short periods of time, hindered young children's social
skills. "

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

Use our legislative toolbox to find your representative at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .

2) Please call and email your Senator and give him or her this message
in your own words:

"Please vote against House Bill 3237. Creating the Office of Early
Learning would only waste taxpayer money. Most studies have shown that
any educational gains are lost by the 3rd grade.

Additionally, a recent study found attendance at preschool programs,
even for short periods of time, hindered young children's social
skills. "

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

Use our legislative toolbox to find your senator at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .

BACKGROUND:

Under Senate Bill 3101 the early learning task force would implement
standards for age and developmentally appropriate curriculum. While
these standards would only be for public programs at this time, the
task force would be required to submit a report over the next two
years to proposed legislation to advance early education.

S.B. 3101 appropriates $250,000 for the early learning task force in
2006-2007 as well as $1,000,000 for junior kindergarten services.
Another $300,000 in this bill is appropriated for Families for
Resources and Early Access to Learning (Families for REAL) a 10-week
program for parents and children age birth to 5 in the public school
system. There is an additional appropriation of $700,000 for Early
Head Start and Head Start in this bill, too.

One of the goals of the Office of Early Learning created by House Bill
3237 will be to ensure voluntary access to early learning programs for
all children age 4. Additionally, the Office of Early Learning is to
implement a plan to motivate and promote the value of and
participation in early childhood learning programs for parent and the
general public.

Currently H.B. 3237 appropriates an unspecified amount for the
operation of the Office of Early Learning and $2.4 million for four
pilot programs, one in each county. These pilot programs are to
include:
1) parenting, caregiver, and family childcare education with social
and emotional training;
2) play and learn group and parent participation preschool programs;
3) summer transition programs for children entering kindergarten or
junior kindergarten.

For more information on these bills online see
http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/HI/default.asp .

Both of these bills seek to spend several million dollars for early
childhood care and education while claiming that this will have a
long-term impact on their development. However, most studies have
shown that any educational gain made by placing young children in
school is lost by the 3rd grade.

A 2005 study conducted by Stanford University and the University of
California found attendance at preschool programs hindered young
children's social skills.

This study reported that "attendance in preschool centers, even for
short periods of time each week, hinders the rate at which young
children develop social skills and display the motivation to engage
classroom tasks, as reported by their kindergarten teachers." The
negative behavior that was demonstrated by this study included
"children's externalizing behaviors (such as, aggression, bullying,
acting up), interpersonal skills (such as, sharing and cooperation),
and self control in engaging classroom tasks."

Additional information can be found at
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/E/ECE_BG_US_041220_1.pdf

If you are not yet a member of HSLDA and would like to help us fight
for greater homeschool freedom in Hawaii please visit
http://www.hslda.org/join/apply.asp .

Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in Hawaii.

Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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