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1/25/2007 11:49:04 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
West Virginia--Calls Needed to Oppose Expansion of State Control Over Children

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January 25, 2007

West Virginia--Calls Needed to Oppose
Expansion of State Control Over Children

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

Education Subcommittee B of the West Virginia House of Representatives
will meet today to discuss House Bill 2088. If enacted, this bill will
raise the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18.

To view the bill, go to http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3646 .

ACTION REQUESTED

Contact as many of the West Virginia House Education Committee members
as possible BY 1 p.m. TODAY to oppose House Bill 2088.

Please give them the following message in your own words:

"I oppose raising the age of compulsory attendance in West Virginia
because
it will:

> Not accomplish the intended objective of increasing high school
completion rates;
> Create classroom difficulties by overburdening teachers and
administrators;
> Place new and unnecessary burdens and restriction on the liberty of
all parents;
> Unnecessarily restrict the liberty of 16-year-olds who, with their
parent's permission, wish to enroll in post secondary education or
pursue a vocational calling;
> Redirect funds needed from other more important programs."

You do not need to mention that you are a homeschooler. This issue
affects all parents in West Virginia and it is not necessary that we
make this a "homeschool" issue, even though it does affect
homeschooling.

Members of House Education Subcommittee B:

Brady Paxton

E-mail: bpaxton@mail.wvnet.edu
District: 13
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3337


Robert D. Beach

E-mail: rbeach@mail.wvnet.edu
District: 44
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3153



Robert D. Beach

E-mail: rbeach@mail.wvnet.edu
District: 44
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3153


Thomas W. Campbell

E-mail: wvdeltc@mail.wvnet.edu
District: 28
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3129


Ray Canterbury

E-mail: rcanter1@mail.wvnet.edu
District: 28
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3131


Gerald L. Crosier

E-mail: gcrosier@mail.wvnet.edu
District: 26
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3188


Ron Fragale

E-mail: rfragale@mail.wvnet.edu
District: 41
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3114


Patrick Lane

E-mail: patlane@mail.wvnet.edu
District: 32
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3275


Linda Longstreth

E-mail: llongstr@mail.wvnet.edu
District: 43
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3124


Charlene Marshall

E-mail: chmarsh@mail.wvnet.edu
District: 44
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3186


Dale Stephens

E-mail: dalestephens@adelphia.net
District: 16
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3395

Danny Wells

E-mail: dwells@mail.wvnet.edu
District: 30
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3287


Larry A. Williams

E-mail: lwillia1@mail.wvnet.edu
District: 45
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3160


Sharon Spencer

E-mail: delspencer@aol.com
District: 30
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3218



BACKGROUND

1. Statistics show that raising the compulsory attendance age will not
reduce the dropout rate. In fact, the two states with the highest
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.)

2. Twenty-nine states require school attendance only 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.

3. Another significant impact of expanding the compulsory attendance
age is an inevitable tax burden 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.

4. A study by Cornell University on raising the age of compulsory
attendance found that there was no correlation between passing a law
to raise the age of compulsory attendance and high school completion
rates. The study shows that specific programs targeted at at-risk
youth can help improve completion rates, but a law raising the age of
attendance does not. To read the report visit
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3626.

Thank you for your vigilance on behalf of all West Virginia parents!

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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