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1/29/2007 5:43:13 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Calls Needed Immediately to Stop Reporting for 6-year-olds!

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January 29, 2007

Oregon--Calls Needed Immediately to Stop Reporting for 6-year-olds!

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

A bill has been introduced in the Oregon Senate that would lower the
age a child is required to attend school from 7 to 6, increasing
government control over your homeschooled child.

Senate Bill 392 would require all children to be in school once they
turn 6 years old. This would mean that parents would have to submit
their homeschool notice to their local Education Service District
(ESD) a year earlier. Additionally, since the Oregon Administrative
Rules require homeschool parents to test their children in the 3rd,
5th, 8th, and 10th year a child has been in school, if the compulsory
attendance age is lowered, you might have to begin testing your
children a year earlier then you had to before.

Senate Bill 392 has been referred to the Education and General
Government Committee and is scheduled for a public hearing and a
possible work session tomorrow, January 30, so we would need you to
contact the Committee members listed below immediately. Please call
now to oppose lowering the compulsory attendance age from 7 to 6!

REQUESTED ACTION:

1. Please call and email the Education and General Government
Committee members listed below and give them this message in your own
words:

"Please oppose Senate Bill 392. Lowering the compulsory school
attendance age from 7 to 6 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.

Education and General Government Committee

Senator Vicki L Walker, Chair (also sponsor of bill)
Phone: 503-986-1707
Email: sen.vickiwalker@state.or.us

Senator Jeff Kruse, Vice-Chair
Phone: 503-986-1701
Email: sen.jeffkruse@state.or.us

Senator Rick Metsger
Phone: 503-986-1726
Email: sen.rickmetsger@state.or.us

Senator Frank Morse
Phone: 503-986-1708
Email: sen.frankmorse@state.or.us

Senator Ben Westlund
Phone: 503-986-1727
Email: sen.benwestlund@state.or.us

BACKGROUND

This bill has been introduced at the request of the Oregon Department
of Education and is likely part of the bigger movement across the
country to lower the compulsory attendance age.

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

> Lowering the compulsory attendance age from 7 to 6 would subject
Oregon home educators to the requirements of the homeschool laws one
year earlier. Homeschool parents would be required to submit the
notice of intent to their local ESD one year earlier than they do now.
Additionally, the Oregon Department of Education could possibly change
the definition of when the "first year" begins for testing purposes
from 7 on September 1 to 6 on September 1, effectively requiring
parents to test in grades 3, 5, 8, and 10 a year earlier than they do
now. (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.

> 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 Oregon please
visit http://www.hslda.org/join/apply.asp .

If you would like to be put on our email list to receive vital
e-lerts you may sign up at
https://secure.hslda.org/hslda/elert/account.asp?Process=Subscribe .

Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in Oregon!

Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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-> Extreme makeovers are for extreme circumstances...

Most homeschools don't need an extreme makeover, but there is
something to be said for attention to detail and recognition of
accomplishments. Watch the media and you'll soon see that not
everyone wants home educators and homeschooling to look good.
HSLDA works hard to shed light on the good work of home educators
so it's obvious that we don't need someone "making-over" our
homeschools. Join HSLDA and help us show the world that we're fine
as we are . . . thank you!

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1943

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