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1/22/2007 2:38:51 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wyoming--Calls Needed to Oppose 'Quality Child Care' Bill

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January 22, 2007

Wyoming--Calls Needed to Oppose 'Quality Child Care' Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

On January 9, 2007, House Bills 95 and 96 were introduced in the
Wyoming Legislature. House Bill 95 creates a "quality child care
system" to subsidize child care for families who qualify for financial
assistance. House Bill 96 allocates more than $12.3 million dollars
over the next year and a half to fund this system.

This legislation is not needed and could pave the way for universal
preschool and/or mandatory kindergarten legislation and a lower
compulsory attendance age. (See "Background" below.) Studies also
show that sending children to daycare too early can do more harm than
good.

House Bill 95 is currently in the Joint Labor, Health and Social
Services Committee, and is on their agenda for today, Monday, January
22, 2007. Calls and emails are needed to committee members to oppose
this legislation. You do not need to identify yourself as a
homeschooler.

To view House Bill 95, go to http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3629
To view House Bill 96, go to http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3630

ACTION REQUESTED

Contact the Wyoming Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee
members to oppose House Bill 95 and 96. You do not need to mention
that you are a homeschooler. This issue affects all parents in
Wyoming and it is not necessary that we make this a "homeschool"
issue, even though it does affect homeschooling.

Please give them the following message in your own words: "House Bill
95 and 96 are not good for Wyoming--they create more regulation in an
area that doesn't need it and create a dangerous framework for
lowering the compulsory attendance age and universal preschool."


Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee Members:

Representative Jack Landon, Jr. (Chairman, Republican)
307-672-8431
jlandon@house.wyoming.com

Representative Ken A. Esquibel (Democrat)
307-630-6096
kesquibel@wyoming.com

Representative Liz Gentile (Democrat)
307-473-9062
lgentile@wyoming.com

Representative Timothy P. Hallinan (Republican)
307-682-0936
tphallinan@bresnan.net

Representative Elaine D. Harvey (Republican)
307-548-7866
harvey00@tctwest.net

Representative Jerry Iekel (Republican)
307-674-6407
jiekel@house.wyoming.com

Representative Thomas E. Lubnau II (Republican)
307-682-1313
tlubnau@vcn.com

Representative Lori Millin (Democrat)
307-635-3670
lorimillin@bresnan.net

Representative William "Jeb" Steward (Republican)
307-327-5116
jebsteward@union-tel.com

Senator Charles K. Scott (Republican, Chairman)
307-473-2512
charlesscott@wyoming.com

Senator Pat Aullman (Republican)
307-883-0175
paullman@wyoming.com

Senator John A. Barrasso MD (Republican)
307-265-7205
barrasso@senate.wyoming.com

Senator Bob Fecht (Republican)
307-634-5219
bob@robertfecht.com

Senator John M. Hastert (Democrat)
307-875-6967
jhastert2@wyoming.com

BACKGROUND

> Education of 4-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/elink.asp?id=3631 )
> Creating a program for preschoolers to attend school will probably
lead to compulsory attendance of preschoolers in the future.
> Education of preschoolers across the state will raise everyone's
taxes.
> The preschool educational program seeks to develop preschoolers in
their "emotional, social, regulatory and moral capacities" which is a
function that is better performed by the parents.


Thank you for your vigilance on behalf of all Wyoming parents!

Sincerely,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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