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2/20/2007 1:08:00 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa: Calls Needed Again to Halt the Expansion of State Control of Your Children

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

February 20, 2007

Iowa: Calls Needed Again to Halt the
Expansion of State Control of Your Children

Dear Iowa members and friends,

Thank you for all your participation so far during this busy
legislative season! Now, your calls and emails are needed to voice
opposition to Senate Study Bill 1119. 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 22 at 11:30 a.m.

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


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

"Please oppose S.S.B. 1119. 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 state that you homeschool.

To contact the following members of the Senate Education Subcommittee
at the Iowa State Capitol, dial the Senate Switchboard at (515)
281-3371 and ask to leave a message for one of the following education
subcommittee members.

Sen. Staci Appel (Chair)

Sen. Nancy Boettger

Sen. Becky Schmitz


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.


Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

-> How many news articles did you read this morning over your

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