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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

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

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 .


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
it will:

> Not accomplish the intended objective of increasing high school
completion rates;
> Create classroom difficulties by overburdening teachers and
> 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

Members of House Education Subcommittee B:

Brady Paxton

District: 13
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3337

Robert D. Beach

District: 44
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3153

Robert D. Beach

District: 44
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3153

Thomas W. Campbell

District: 28
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3129

Ray Canterbury

District: 28
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3131

Gerald L. Crosier

District: 26
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3188

Ron Fragale

District: 41
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3114

Patrick Lane

District: 32
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3275

Linda Longstreth

District: 43
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3124

Charlene Marshall

District: 44
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3186

Dale Stephens

District: 16
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3395

Danny Wells

District: 30
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3287

Larry A. Williams

District: 45
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3160

Sharon Spencer

District: 30
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3218


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

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


Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel

-> How long are you in for?

Some families are facing what seems like a lifelong commitment to
homeschooling, with children at both ends of the spectrum -- some
graduating and some just reaching school age. If you're going to
be "in" for a while, consider a lifetime membership with HSLDA.
It's a good deal for families with more than 10 years of
homeschooling ahead.

More reasons to join HSLDA...

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