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2/9/2007 1:41:15 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa: Call to Stop the Expansion of State Control of Your Children

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

February 9, 2007

Dear Iowa members and friends,

Your calls and emails are needed to voice opposition to House Study
Bill 115. If enacted, this bill will create and fund a statewide
pre-school program for 4-year-old children (and possibly younger, as
space allows). This bill is scheduled for a committee hearing on
February 13 at 8 a.m.

It is vital that you lend your opposition to this bill, not only
because it supplants parental care with ineffective and inefficient
government involvement, but also because voluntary preschool programs
are the first step towards a mandatory lowering of the compulsory
attendance age.

REQUESTED ACTION

Please call and email the members of the Iowa House Education
Subcommittee assigned to this bill, and deliver the following message:

"Please oppose H.S.B. 115. Government involvement at such a young age
is an ineffective substitute to parental care. Additionally, this
program will likely result in efforts to lower the compulsory
attendance age, further eroding parental rights. Finally, this bill
will waste taxpayer dollars, since there is nothing to indicate that
early schooling results in any educational advantage for the child."

You do not need to identify that you homeschool.

To contact the following members of the House Education Subcommittee
at the Iowa State Capitol, dial the House Switchboard at (515)
281-3221 and ask to leave a message for one of the following education
subcommittee members.

Mary Mascher
Mary.Mascher@legis.state.ia.us

Royd Chambers
Royd.Chambers@legis.state.ia.us

Elesha Gayman
Elesha.Gayman@legis.state.ia.us

Jodi Tymeson
Jodi.Tymeson@legis.state.ia.us

Roger Wendt
Roger.Wendt@legis.state.ia.us

BACKGROUND

Reasons For Opposing Lower Pre-School 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.

> A significant impact of expanding the attendance age would be an
inevitable tax increase to pay for more classroom space.

> Lowering the voluntary attendance age almost always leads to
attempts to lower the compulsory attendance age, which would subject
Iowa home educators to more years of fulfilling the requirements of
the homeschool statute. (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.

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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