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4/11/2006 2:26:28 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--Compulsory Attendance Bill Hearing Thursday--Keep Calling!

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April 11, 2006

Colorado--Compulsory Attendance Bill Hearing Thursday--Keep Calling!

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We need your calls to the House Education Committee members, as Senate
Bill 73 is scheduled to be heard Thursday, April 13 at 1:30 p.m.

This bill will put your homeschool under government control for thee
more years--ages 6, 16, and 17.

This is an uphill fight. But God can deliver as we practice the "widow
at the judge's door" principle. Remember, the account in Luke 18:1-7?
"Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should
always pray and not give up. He said: 'In a certain town there was a
judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a
widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me
justice against my adversary.' For some time he refused. But finally
he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men,
yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets
justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming! And
will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to
him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?' "

At the CHEC Capitol Day, hundreds of homeschoolers visited their
representatives and urged them to vote against Senate Bill 73. Home
School Legal Defense Association supplied a flier for everyone at the
rally with our concerns regarding Senate Bill 73. Hopefully these
personal visits will help derail this bill.

So keep up the pressure. We need to wear the lawmakers out. We will
win this battle yet!

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please contact the representatives below on the House Education
Committee and give them this message:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 73, which expands the compulsory
attendance age. This bill is unnecessary. It restricts parental choice
and wastes taxpayer money."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler.

If the Committee members ask where the bill is, say, "Ask Senator
Tapia." You can contact the members of the Senate Appropriations
Committee by calling the numbers listed below:

Sponsor:
Senator Tapia
303-866-2581

Rep. Merrifield - Chair - 303-866-2932
Rep. Paccione - Vice Chair - 303-866-2917

Rep. Benefield - 303-866-2950
Rep. King - 303-866-2191
Rep. Larson - 303-866-2914
Rep. Massey - 303-866-2747
Rep. McKinley - 303-866-2398
Rep. Penry - 303-866-3068
Rep. Pommer - 303-866-2780
Rep. Rose - 303-866-2955
Rep. Solano - 303-866-2918
Rep. Todd - 303-866-2919
Rep. White - 303-866-2949

BACKGROUND:

Lowering the compulsory attendance age from 7 to 6 and raising it from
16 to 17 would subject Colorado home educators to the requirements of
the homeschool statute one year earlier and one year later than now
required. (You do not need to share this reason with your
legislators.)

Many education experts have concluded that beginning a child's formal
education too early may actually result in burnout and poor scholastic
performance later.

Lowering the compulsory attendance age erodes the authority of parents
who are in the best position to determine when their child's formal
education should begin.

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
would be an 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=2791, or you can see
our previous e-lert at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2828 .

Sincerely,


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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-> Extreme makeovers are for extreme circumstances...

Most homeschools don't need an extreme makeover, but there is
something to be said for attention to detail and recognition of
accomplishments. Watch the media and you'll soon see that not
everyone wants home educators and homeschooling to look good.
HSLDA works hard to shed light on the good work of home educators
so it's obvious that we don't need someone "making-over" our
homeschools. Join HSLDA and help us show the world that we're fine
as we are . . . thank you!

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1943

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