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2/8/2007 4:10:38 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota--Call to Stop the Expansion of State Control over Your Children

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February 8, 2007

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

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Your calls are urgently needed to stop a bill that would expand
compulsory school attendance to a student's 18th birthday.

Senate Bill 199 was approved today by the Senate Education Committee,
and could be voted upon by the full Senate as early as Monday.

If passed, this will require homeschoolers to notify the state two
more years and
be under their supervision.

S.B. 199 has been introduced by the Senate Education Committee at the
request of Governor Mike Rounds. The members of the Senate Education
Committee need to hear from families who oppose this expensive and
unnecessary expansion of state control over education. Legislators
need to know that families in South Dakota want to continue to make
their own decisions about work and school choices for children who
have reached the age of 16.


ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please contact your own state senator and urge him or her to vote
against Senate Bill 199 with this message:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 199 which would raise South Dakota's
compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18. This bill restricts
the right of parents to choose educational or work options for their
children. This bill will also waste taxpayer dollars in requiring the
attendance of students who are unwilling to remain in school."

Please do not identify yourself as a homeschooling family, since this
issue is broader than just homeschooling.

To find the name of your state senator, use HSLDA's Legislative
Toolbox at: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3729

To view the text of Senate Bill 199, please visit:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3728

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 Senate
with this same message.

BACKGROUND:

> 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.)

> Twenty-nine states only require attendance 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.

> It would restrict parents' freedom to decide if their 16-year-old is
ready for college or the work force. (Some 16-year-olds who are not
academically inclined benefit more from valuable work experience than
from being forced to sit in a classroom.)

> 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 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.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3623 .

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
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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