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1/29/2007 4:51:27 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas: Call to Stop the Expansion of State Control of Your Children

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Texas: Call to Stop the Expansion of State Control of Your Children

January 29, 2007

Dear Texas members and friends,

As in last session, a bill has been introduced in the Texas
legislature which would increase the control that government has over
children by mandating that children must begin school when they are
only 5 years old. If passed, Senate Bill 52 would lower the compulsory
attendance age from 6 years to 5 years. This would mean that all
children, including homeschoolers, would be subject to the authority
of truant officers one more year.

We hope your calls will cause the sponsor to NOT bring this bill up
for a vote.

REQUESTED ACTION

Please call the sponsor of the bill, Sen. Judith Zaffirini, (512)
463-0121, and give her this message:

"Please abandon your efforts to lower the age of compulsory school
attendance in Senate Bill 52. It forces children to school before they
are ready and takes the important decision of when each child is ready
for school away from the parents, who best know their child's needs."

You do not need to identify that you homeschool.

Reasons For Opposing Lower Compulsory Attendance Age:

> 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 from 6 to 5 would subject
Texas home educators to the requirements of the homeschool statute one
year earlier. (You do not need to share this reason with your
legislators.)

> 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.

> 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. When California increased 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.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/E/Early_Education.asp .


Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.
Senior Counsel

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