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10/11/2006 12:44:36 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wyoming--Discontinue Calls on "The Quality Child Care" Bill

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October 11, 2006

Wyoming--Discontinue Calls on "The Quality Child Care" Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

This is an update on your efforts regarding Wyoming legislation H.B.
92, "The Quality Child Care" bill.

Thank you for your calls and contacts. Your voices have been heard.

However, your calls and emails can be discontinued.

ACTION REQUESTED

We are asking now that you simply attend task force meetings in your
area if you can. There is no longer any need to call the task force.

You can find out where the task force is meeting in your community
here:
http://www.wyomingworkforce.org/news/articles/text_2006-09-27a.htm

BACKGROUND

Proponents of the bill believe that this program benefits children and
their parents by providing them with subsidized child care. However,
studies show that these types of programs are more costly and less
beneficial than the bill's supporters would have you believe.
Furthermore, and of more concern, is that this bill, if passed, may
provide the groundwork for passage of universal preschool legislation,
i.e. publicly funded preschool education for children three to five
years of age. Universal preschool has been used as a strategy by
proponents in other states to pave the way for attempts at mandatory
universal preschool--essentially the lowering of the compulsory age of
attendance. These cases have failed so far, but only because of
citizens' alert and resolute action.

REASONS TO OPPOSE VOLUNTARY UNIVERSAL PRESCHOOL EDUCATION

1) Education of four-year-olds in the public schools has been proven
ineffective. To see HSLDA's position paper on Mandatory Kindergarten
and Early Education visit:
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000000/00000028.asp

2) Creating a program for preschoolers to attend school will likely
lead to compulsory attendance of preschoolers in the future.

3) Education of preschoolers across the state will raise everyone's
taxes.

4) This will create a "constitutional right" for families to have a
public school education for their preschoolers.

5) This preschool educational program will seek to develop
preschoolers in their "emotional, social, regulatory and moral
capacities," which is a function better performed by the parents.

You can read an article about H.B. 92 here:
http://www.wyfamily.org/Unmasked.asp


In His and your service,


Michael Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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