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1/18/2007 4:44:37 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York--Calls Needed to Stop Reporting for 5-Year-Olds!

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January 18, 2007

New York--Calls Needed to Stop Reporting for 5-Year-Olds!

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The New York Assembly just introduced another bill that would lower
the age a child is required to attend school from 6 to 5, increasing
government control over your homeschooled child.

Assembly Bill 90 enables all school districts to require all children
to attend school if they will turn 5 on or before December 1 of that
school year.

While this bill has an "exception" provision for students who are
enrolled in non-public or homeschool programs, it would still require
all 5-year-olds to be "enrolled" in some educational program. As a
result, a parent would be required to file a notice of intent, the
Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP), quarterly reports and
annual assessment when their child reached 5 years of age. In essence
A.B. 90 would require a homeschool parent to file a year earlier than
they do now!

The bill has been referred to the Assembly Education Committee so we
would like you to contact the Committee members listed below. Please
call now to oppose lowering the compulsory attendance age from 6 to 5!

REQUESTED ACTION:

1. Please call or email the Chairman and your assemblyman if they are
on the Assembly Education Committee and give them this message in your
own words:

"Please oppose Assembly Bill 90. Lowering the compulsory school
attendance age from 6 to 5 takes away the right of parents to decide
whether their children are ready for school and would only waste
taxpayers' money."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler, instead you can identify
yourself as a concerned parent and taxpayer. To find the name of your
assemblyman, use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Chairman
518-455-4851
nolanc@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo
518-455-5402
arroyoc@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Michael Benedetto
518-455-5296
benedem@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman James F. Brennan
518-455-5377
brennaj@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Barbara M. Clark
518-455-4711
clarkb@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Jr.
518-455-5514
diazr@ assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Thomas P. DiNapoli
518-455-5192
dinapot@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Patricia A. Eddington
518-455-4901
eddingp@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Steve Englebright
518-455-4804
engles@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Aurelia Greene
518-455-5671
greenea@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper
518-455-5861
No Email Address

Assemblywoman Susan V. John
518-455-4527
johns@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Tom Kirwan
518-455-5762
kirwant@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman John W. Lavelle
518-455-4677
lavellj@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli
518-455-4826
magnarw@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman David G. McDonough
518-455-4633
McDonoD@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Joel M. Miller
518-455-5725
millerj@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman William L. Parment
518-455-4511
parmenw@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin
518-455-5585
paulina@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Philip Ramos
518-455-5185
ramosp@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Bill Reilich
518-455-4664
reilicw@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Bob Reilly
518-455-5931
reillyr@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino
518-455-5305
saladij@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman Teresa R. Sayward
518-455-5565
saywart@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney
518-455-5787
sweeney@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr.
518-455-5997
thielef@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Paul D. Tonko
518-455-5197
tonkop@assembly.state.ny.us

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg
518-455-3028
weisenh@assembly.state.ny.us


2. In order for all of the Committee members to receive calls and
emails about this bill we would appreciate it if your last name begins
with A-G you would contact those on the Education Committee with last
names A-G. Those whose last names beginning with H-P can contact
Committee members with last names H-P. Finally, those with last names
beginning with R-Z can contact those members of the Education
Committee with last names R-Z. Please call and/or email your group and
give them this message in your own words:

"Please oppose Assembly Bill 90. Lowering the compulsory school
attendance age from 6 to 5 takes away the right of parents to decide
whether their children are ready for school and would only waste
taxpayers' money."

If you have the time and ability to contact all 28 members of the
Education Committee feel free to do so. Again, do not identify
yourself as a homeschoolers; instead you can identify yourself as a
concerned parent and taxpayer.

BACKGROUND

This is another bill that has come out of the commitment that the
Board of Regents has made to push early education. If you remember
from emails we sent out last legislative session the Board of Regents
updated their policy statement entitled "Early Education for Student
Achievement in a Global Community" in late 2005.

Even after hearing from several hundred concerned parents during the
revision of that policy statement, the Board of Regents continues to
press on towards their goal of lowering the compulsory attendance age
to 5, and making school programs available for 4-year-olds.

Some of the problems with lowering the compulsory attendance are
listed below.

> Lowering the compulsory attendance age from 6 to 5 would subject New
York home educators to the requirements of the homeschool laws one
year earlier. Homeschool parents would be required to submit a notice
of intent, IHIP, and quarterly reports for their 5-year-old. (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.

> It would restrict parents' freedom to decide if their children are
ready for school. While this bill has an "exception" provision for
students who are enrolled in non-public or homeschools, it would still
require all 5-year-olds to be enrolled in a homeschool program. As a
result, a parent would now be required to file the IHIP, quarterly
reports and achievement tests when their child reached 5 years of age.
Consequently this would require homeschool parents to file for their
children a year earlier that they do now! This would not be genuine
exception.

> 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.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1421 .

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

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e-lerts you may sign up at
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Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in New York!

Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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