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2/7/2007 4:15:53 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Kansas--Call to Stop the Expansion of State Control over Your Children

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February 7, 2007

Kansas--Call to Stop the Expansion of State Control over Your Children

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Your action is needed to oppose Senate Bill 207, a bill that would
lower the starting age of compulsory school attendance statewide. This
bill was introduced on January 29, and is scheduled for a hearing by
the full Senate Education Committee on Thursday, February 8.

HSLDA opposes any legislation lowering the compulsory attendance age
because it further erodes parental rights in making decisions which
affect the educational preparedness of their children.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please call and email the Senate Education Committee members listed
below and deliver this message in your own words:

"Please oppose Senate Bill 207. This bill restricts a parent's right
to choose when a child is ready for formal education. This bill will
also waste taxpayer dollars, since there is nothing to indicate that
early schooling results in any educational advantage for the child."

It is not necessary that you identify yourself as a homeschooler.
Instead, you should identify yourself as a concerned parent and
taxpayer.

Jean Schodorf, Chairperson
Phone: 785-296-7391
Email: schodorf@senate.state.ks.us

John Vratil, Vice Chairperson
Phone: 785-296-7361
Email: vratil@senate.state.ks.us

Barbara Allen
Phone: 785-296-7353
Email: allen@senate.state.ks.us

Pat Apple
Phone: 785-296-7380
Email: apple@senate.state.ks.us

Carolyn McGinn
Phone: 785-296-7377
Email: mcginn@senate.state.ks.us

Ralph Ostmeyer
Phone: 785-296-7399
Email: ostmeyer@senate.state.ks.us

Roger Pine
Phone: 785-296-7372
Email: pine@senate.state.ks.us

Ruth Teichman
Phone: 785-296-7394
Email: teichman@senate.state.ks.us

Janis Lee, Ranking Minority Member
Phone: 785-296-7366
Email: lee@senate.state.ks.us

Greta Goodwin
Phone: 785-296-7381
Email: goodwin@senate.state.ks.us

Chris Steineger
Phone: 785-296-7375
Email: steineger@senate.state.ks.us

2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact the members of the Education
Committee with this same message.

BACKGROUND:

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. The bill 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 school.

To view the text of this bill, please go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3727

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2051 .

Please call today!

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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As a member of HSLDA, you have 80,000 families standing with you
to protect and advance homeschool freedoms in the United States
and foreign countries.

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