From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/21/2007 5:06:37 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Idaho: Calls Needed to Stop Tax-Funded Early Education Program

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Idaho: Calls Needed to Stop Tax-Funded Early Education Program

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Senate Bill 1079 is likely to be heard on the Idaho Senate Floor this
week. This bill does two things: (1) permits public schools to offer
the program for 4-year-olds and (2) sets a budget to fund these
programs from taxpayer money. HSLDA is working closely with Idaho
Coalition of Home Educators (ICHE) to oppose this bill.

For 23 years HSLDA has been battling the slow advancement and
expansion of compulsory attendance age. The National Education
Association and various child welfare organizations have been pushing
to get children under the supervision of the state at as an early age
as possible. Senate Bill 1079 is another example of the proverbial
"foot in the door"; once the program is established for 4-year-olds,
the next step is to mandate enrollment of 4-year-olds. Research has
shown that early education does not make smart students (see
background below).


Please contact your state senator and give him this message:

"Please oppose Senate Bill 1079. We believe this is a waste of
taxpayer money because it is proven that early childhood education
programs have no long-term academic benefit. Parental involvement is
the key factor for early childhood development, not the state."

You can ask for your senator and leave a message by calling the
legislative switchboard at (208) 332-1000 or toll free at (800)
626-0471. You can also use our legislative toolbox at to find your senator's contact


> According to the 2005 NAEP test scores, children from states that
have low compulsory attendance ages (5-6) did not score any higher
than children from the other states, and in some subjects their
average was actually lower.

> 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 report published February 6, 2007 by the Goldwater Institute
examines Stanford 9 test scores and finds Arizona kindergarten
programs initially improve learning but have no measurable impact on
reading, math, or language arts test scores by fifth grade.

The data show that students in schools with all-day kindergarten
programs have statistically significant higher 3rd-grade test scores,
but there is no impact on 5th-grade scores. This finding is consistent
with previous research. Forcing children into school early delivers
short-term benefits at best.

> Another significant impact of expanding the mandatory schooling is
the 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


Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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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!

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