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2/15/2007 2:02:14 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Montana--Calls Needed to Oppose Expansion of State Control Over Education

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February 15, 2007

Montana--Calls Needed to Oppose
Expansion of State Control Over Education

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

House Bill 651 poses another threat to your homeschool freedom by
raising the compulsory school attendance age. This legislation would
raise the compulsory attendance age from 16 or completion of the 8th
grade to age 17 or graduation from high school. This means that
parents would be required to comply with the homeschool law for at
least an additional year. Legislators need to know that you oppose
this expansion of state control over your homeschool!

This bill is scheduled to be considered by the House Education
Committee on Monday, February 19, at 3 p.m. in Room 137 of the Capitol
in Helena. Please contact members of the committee TODAY and express
your opposition to House Bill 651.

REQUESTED ACTION:

1. Please contact the members of the House Education Committee listed
below and your own state representative with this message:

"Please vote against House Bill 651, which would raise the compulsory
school attendance age in Montana. Requiring older students to attend
school when they won't want to do so will have a disruptive effect on
education and increase disciplinary problems in school. Also,
additional teachers will have to be hired and school facilities built
to accommodate the additional students, all at taxpayer expense."

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

Rep. Rick Jore, (C): 12th House District - Chairman
(406) 644-2542
RICKJORE@HOTMAIL.COM

Rep. Roger Koopman, (R): 70th House District - Vice Chairman
(406) 587-7555
KOOPMAN@IMT.NET

Rep. Holly Raser, (D): 98th House District - Vice Chairman
(406) 542-7018
Or (406) 542-7018
REPRASER98@BRESNAN.NET

Rep. Norma Bixby, (D): 41st House District
(406) 477-6602
Or (406) 477-6602
Use the online message form available at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=3755

Rep. Mark Blasdel, (R): 10th House District
(406) 857-2010
MBLASDEL@BRESNAN.NET

Rep. Ed Butcher, (R): 29th House District
(406) 462-5627
Or (406) 462-5615
SENATORBUTCHER@AFTCO.NET

Rep. Douglas Cordier, (D): 3rd House District
(406) 892-3991
BCDC@DIGISYS.NET

Rep. George Everett, (R): 5th House District
(406) 752-0102
IXOYE777@CENTURYTEL.NET

Rep. Wanda Grinde, (D): 48th House District
(406) 252-3343
WSGRINDE@AOL.COM

Rep. Robin Hamilton, (D): 92nd House District
(406) 549-9954
ROBINLHAMILTON@BRESNAN.NET

Rep. Bob Lake, (R): 88th House District
(406) 363-4091
Or (406) 363-4091
LAKEMILL@MONTANA.COM

Rep. Michael Lange, (R): 55th House District
(406) 651-2084
MLANGE6@HOTMAIL.COM

Rep. Jesse O'Hara, (R): 18th House District
(406) 761-0088
Use the online message form available at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=3755

Rep. John Ward, (R): 84th House District
(406) 458-5025
HD84WARD@WMCONNECT.COM

Rep. Franke Wilmer, (D): 64th House District
(406) 599-3619
FRANKE.WILMER@GMAIL.COM

You may also call any of the representatives at:
(406) 444-4800.

2. Please forward this email to every homeschooling family you know
who is not a member of HSLDA and urge them to contact the Committee
members and their own state representative.

3. Please attend the hearing on this bill when it comes before the
House Education Committee on February 19. Information about presenting
testimony and the current status of proceedings can be found at
www.mtche.org and www.badbills.com.

To find the name of your state representative, use HSLDA's Legislative
Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2055 .

You may view the text of House Bill 651 at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=3759

Please contact these representatives today!

Sincerely,


Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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