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3/23/2007 12:12:17 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Michigan: Calls Needed to Oppose Expansion of State Control Over Education

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

March 22, 2007

Michigan: Calls Needed to Oppose Expansion of State Control Over

Dear HSLDA members and friends in Michigan,

Three bills currently in the Michigan Legislature would expand the age
of compulsory attendance for children in the state by an additional
three years. This means three more years for public school officials
to have authority over homeschoolers!

Senate Bill 162 would lower the compulsory attendance age from 6 to 5.
It would 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.

Unfortunately, these bills have continued to gain popularity. In fact,
some Republicans have come out in support of them. We need your calls
and emails to let the Education Committee members know that you oppose
this expansion of state control.

We are working closely with INCH, legislative staff, and the Home
School Legislative Action Committee.


1. Please call or email, over the next two weeks, as many members as
you can of the House Education Committee and give them this message:

"Please oppose H.B. 4042. Please oppose any effort to raise the age of
compulsory school attendance. It only serves as a waste of taxpayers'
money; it would force unwilling, disruptive students into the

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


Tim Melton (D), Committee Chair, 517-373-0475,
Mary Valentine (D), Majority Vice-Chair, 517-373-3436,
Kathy Angerer (D), 517-373-1792,
Terry L. Brown (D), 517-373-0476,
Barb Byrum (D), 517-373-0587,
Brenda Clack (D), 517-373-8808,
Marc R. Corriveau (D), 517-373-3816,
Robert Dean (D), 517-373-2668,
Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D), 517-373-0852,
Steven Lindberg (D), 517-373-0498,
Andy Meisner (D), 517-373-0478,
Fred Miller (D), 517-373-0159,
Gino Polidori (D), 517-373-0847,
Bettie Cook Scott (D), 517-373-1776,
John Moolenaar (R), Minority Vice-Chair, 517-373-1791,
Judy Emmons (R), 517-373-0834,
Jacob Hoogendyk (R), 517-373-1774,
Glenn Steil Jr. (R), 517-373-0840,
Tom Pearce (R), 517-373-0218,
Dave Hildenbrand (R), 517-373-0846,
Tonya Schuitmaker (R), 517-373-0839,
Marty Knollenberg (R), 517-373-1783,
Paul E. Opsommer (R), 517-373-1778,

2. Please call or email the members of the Senate Education Committee
and give them this message:

"Please oppose S.B. 11 and S.B. 162. 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 there 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.


Gerald Vanwoerkom, (517) 373-1635,
Nancy Cassis, (517) 373-1758,
Gretchen Whitmer, 517-373-1734,
John Gleason, 517-373-0142,


For more information on compulsory attendance legislation please go to
our website at

Thanks for taking the time to call or email!


Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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