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2/23/2007 4:58:38 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota--Calls Needed to Stop the Expansion of State Control over Your Child

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South Dakota--Calls Needed to Stop the
Expansion of State Control over Your Children

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Your calls are again needed to stop a bill that would expand
compulsory school attendance to a student's 18th birthday.

Senate Bill 199 was passed this morning by the House Education
Committee. Since it has already been approved by the Senate, this is
one of the last opportunities we have to prevent this legislation from
being signed into law, which would force, public, private and
homeschool students to submit to government oversight for two more
years with regard to school attendance. Please let your legislators
know that families in South Dakota want to continue to make their own
decisions about work and school choices for children who have reached
the age of 16.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please call as many members of the House Education Committee as
possible and urge them to vote against Senate Bill 199 with this
message:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 199, which would raise South Dakota's
compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18. This bill restricts
the right of parents to choose educational or work options for their
children. This bill will also waste taxpayer dollars in requiring the
attendance of students who are unwilling to remain in school."

To reach your representative, call the House switchboard after 7 a.m.
on Monday at (605) 773-3851.

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

To find the name of your state representative, use HSLDA's Legislative
Toolbox at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3785 .

To view the text of Senate Bill 199, please visit:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3686

BACKGROUND:

> Raising the compulsory attendance age will not reduce the dropout
rate. In fact, the two states with the highest high school completion
rates, Maryland at 94.5% and North Dakota at 94.7%, compel attendance
only to age 16. The state with the lowest completion rate (Oregon:
75.4%) compels attendance to age 18.(Figures are three-year averages,
1996 through 1998.)

> Twenty-nine states only require attendance to age 16. Older children
unwilling to learn can cause classroom disruptions and even violence,
making learning harder for their classmates who truly want to learn.

> It would restrict parents' freedom to decide if their 16-year-old is
ready for college or the work force. (Some 16-year-olds who are not
academically inclined benefit more from valuable work experience than
from being forced to sit in a classroom.)

> Another significant impact of expanding the compulsory attendance
age would be an 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 http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3623 .

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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-> How many of your friends would pay your legal fees?

As a member of HSLDA, you have 80,000 families standing with you
to protect and advance homeschool freedoms in the United States
and foreign countries.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1106

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