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2/8/2007 4:01:15 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Mexico: Calls Still Needed to Stop Expanded State Control Over Homeschools

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New Mexico: Calls Still Needed to Stop
Expanded State Control Over Homeschools

February 8, 2007

Dear New Mexico members and friends,

Unfortunately, the compulsory attendance Senate bill that we asked you
to oppose, passed and is now on its way to be voted on in the House.
In addition, House Bill 584 is scheduled for a committee hearing
tomorrow. As a reminder, these two companion bills would raise the
compulsory attendance age from 17 years to 18 years. If these bills
pass, you would be required to notify the state of your homeschooling
and have your homeschooled child under the state's jurisdiction an
extra year. These bills must be stopped!

We are now asking that you call your own senator and representative as
soon as possible to voice your opposition.

REQUESTED ACTION

Please call your senator and representative and give them this
message:

"Please oppose any effort to raise the age of compulsory school
attendance. It only serves as a waste of taxpayer's money; it would
force unwilling, disruptive students into the classroom."

You do not need to mention that you homeschool.

How to find your Senator/Representative:

Go to http://legis.state.nm.us/lcs/legislatorsearch.asp, and type in
your ZIP code, or call the New Mexico Legislature's main switchboard
at (505) 986-4300 and ask for your senator or representative.

BACKGROUND

Reasons for opposing higher compulsory attendance age:

> Raising the compulsory attendance age will not reduce the dropout
rate. In fact, the two states with the highest high school completion
rates (Maryland, 94.5%, and North Dakota, 94.7%) compel attendance
only to age 16, but the state with the lowest completion rate (Oregon,
75.4%) compels attendance to age 18. (These figures are three-year
averages, 1996 through 1998.)

> Most states (28) only require attendance to age 16. Older children
who do not want to learn cause classroom discipline problems,
disruptions, and violence, making learning harder for those who truly
want to learn.

> When California raised the age of compulsory attendance, the
disruption caused by unwilling students was so significant that new
schools had to be set up just to handle these students and their
behavior problems, all at the expense of the taxpayer. Unwilling
students who are forced back into the classroom are unlikely to
benefit from one year of additional schooling.

> It would require homeschool families to submit to one more year of
governmental red tape, and be exposed to one more year of the threat
of legal action or subpoena in the event of an accusation of a
violation.

> It would take away the parental freedom to decide if a 17-year-old
is ready for college or the workforce. Some 17-year-olds who are not
academically inclined benefit more from valuable work experience than
being forced to sit in a classroom.

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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-> You can only do so much...

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