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2/15/2007 4:56:04 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Michigan: Calls Needed to Oppose Expansion of State Control Over Education

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February 15, 2007

Michigan: Calls Needed to Oppose
Expansion of State Control Over Education

Dear HSLDA members and friends in Michigan,

This is the second part in our strategy to let the Michigan
Legislature know that the citizens are opposed to expanding the
compulsory attendance ages. Last week and earlier this week we sent
out e-lerts to urge you to contact the sponsors of this legislation as
well as the governor. Now the focus is on your state senators and
representatives.

Three bills have been introduced in the Michigan Legislature which
would expand the age of compulsory attendance for children in the
state. Senate Bill 162 will lower the compulsory attendance age from 6
to 5. It will also make kindergarten mandatory. Senate Bill 11 and
House Bill 4042 would raise the age of compulsory attendance from
where it is currently at age 16 to age 18. If these bills passed,
students in Michigan would be subject to government control for an
additional three years!

These bills have gained momentum in the Michigan Legislature and we
need you to call both your senator and representative to let them know
of your opposition to this expansion of state control of education.

We are working closely with Dennis Smith of INCH and the Home School
Legislative Action Committee and legislators to initiate this massive
phone and email blitz to Michigan representatives and senators.

REQUESTED ACTION:

Please call or email your own state senator and representative now
through Thursday, February 22 and give them this message:

"Please oppose S.B. 162, S.B. 11, and H.B. 4042. By expanding the age
of compulsory attendance, these bills take from the parents the
ability to choose what is best for their child. Government involvement
at a young age is an ineffective substitute to parental care. On the
other end, parents are not able to choose work or an educational
option for their teenager. Finally, this bill will waste taxpayer
dollars by forcing more children into school even though their may be
a better alternative open to them."

You do not need to identify that you homeschool--just that you are a
concerned parent and taxpayer.

You can find information on your representative by using our
Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox/.


BACKGROUND:

For more information on compulsory attendance legislation please go to
our website at
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/E/Early_Education.asp.

Thanks for taking the time to call!

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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