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4/7/2006 4:58:59 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--Calls Needed To Stop Compulsory Age Increase to 18

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April 7, 2006

New Hampshire--Calls Needed To Stop Compulsory Age Increase to 18

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Action is needed quickly to stop a bill that would expand compulsory
attendance to a student's 18th birthday.

The final vote on Senate Bill 268 is set for Wednesday, April 12.
Your representative needs to hear your voice!

Contrary to what many have said, homeschooled youngsters would be
subject to compulsory attendance two additional years, along with
others, if this bill passes.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please call your Representative 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.

Your message can be as simple as, "Please vote against Senate Bill
268, which would raise the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18.
This bill is unnecessary. It restricts parental choice and wastes
taxpayer money."

Use our legislative toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox to get
contact information for your representative.

BACKGROUND:

Raising the compulsory attendance age will not reduce the dropout
rate. In fact, the two states with the highest 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 work force. 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 would be an inevitable tax increase to pay
for more classroom space and teachers to accommodate the additional
students. 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 .


Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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