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3/26/2007 11:12:25 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Florida: Calls Needed Now to Stop Expansion of State Control Over Homeschooling

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

March 26, 2007

Florida: Calls Needed Now to Stop Expansion
of State Control Over Homeschooling

Dear Florida members and friends,

Tomorrow morning the House Committee on 21st Century Competitiveness
will have a hearing for H.B. 277, a bill that would extend state
control over children for another two years. H.B. 277 would extend the
age of compulsory attendance from 16 to 18 years. In addition, the
bill would not allow minors to renew their licenses until they prove
they were attending school.


Please call as many members of the Committee on 21st Century
Competitiveness as you can and give them this message:

"Please vote against H.B. 277. Raising the compulsory attendance age
only serves as a waste of taxpayers' money; it would force unwilling,
disruptive students into the classroom, and take away the right of
parents to decide whether their 16-year-old is ready for valuable work
experience or college."

You do not need to mention that you homeschool.


David Simmons, Chair, (850) 488-2231
Seth McKeel, Vice Chair, (850) 488-9890
Martin David Kiar, (850) 487-1588
Faye B. Culp, (850) 488-2770
Joseph A. Gibbons, (850) 488-0145
Dick Kravitz, (850) 488-1304
Rick Kriseman, (850) 488-9337
Stephen L. Precourt, (850) 488-0256
Anthony Trey Traviesa, (850) 488-9910


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

> Most states (28) only require attendance to age 16.Older children
who do not want to learn cause classroom discipline problems,
disruptions, and violence, making learning harder for those who truly
want to learn.

> Unwilling students who are forced back into the classroom are
unlikely to benefit from one year of additional schooling.

> It would require homeschool families to submit to two more years of
governmental red tape, and be exposed to two more years of the threat
of legal action or subpoena in the event of an accusation of a

> It would take away the parental freedom to decide if a 16-year-old
is ready for college or the workforce. Some 16-year-olds who are not
academically inclined benefit more from valuable work experience than
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 increased the upper age limit
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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like this level of service?

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