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4/11/2006 5:17:48 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--Compulsory Attendance Bill--Correction to Previous E-lert

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April 11, 2006

Colorado--Compulsory Attendance Bill--Correction to Previous E-lert

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Please disregard the previous e-lert on Senate Bill 73. This e-lert
contains correct information concerning the amended legislation.

We now 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.

Colorado Senate Bill 73 passed the Senate and has been introduced in
the House and referred to the Education Committee as of Tuesday, March
28, 2006. This bill would lower the compulsory attendance age from 7
to 6 and raise it from age 16 to 18.

This means children in these ages will be subject to state control 3
more years! Homeschoolers, for instance, operating under satellite
schools will have to be enrolled in these private schools 3 more
years.

Although the bill passed the Senate, it passed with amendments that
would exclude homeschoolers operating under the homeschool law, from 2
of the 3 years of expansion.

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. HSLDA
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.

You can contact the members of the House Education Committee by
calling the numbers listed below:

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:

1) Lowering the compulsory attendance age from 7 to 6 and raising it
from 16 to 18 is a waste of taxpayer's money.

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

3) 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.

4) 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.)

5) 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.

6) 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.

7) 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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