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4/5/2007 5:08:28 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa: Call to Stop the Expansion of State Control of Your Children

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April 5, 2007

Iowa: Call to Stop the Expansion of State Control of Your Children

Dear Iowa members and friends,

Your calls and emails are urgently needed to block a program that
will sweep thousands of 4-year olds away from their mothers and into
the arms of the government.

House File 877 and its companion bill, Senate File 350, would create a
statewide pre-school program for 4-year-old children (and possibly
younger, as space allows).

House File 877 has passed the House and now awaits a vote in the
Senate. Senate File 350 has already been given a positive report by
the Senate Education Committee. It, too, awaits a vote in the Senate.

These bills would supplant parental care with ineffective and
inefficient government involvement. The government makes a poor
mother.

REQUESTED ACTION

Please call and email your state senator and deliver the following
message:

"Please oppose House File 877 and Senate File 350. Government
involvement at such a young age is an ineffective substitute for
parental care. These bills will waste taxpayer dollars, since there is
nothing to indicate that early schooling results in any long-term
educational advantage for the child."

You do not need to mention that you homeschool.

To contact the following members of the Iowa Senate, call the Senate
switchboard at (515) 281-3371.

BACKGROUND

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.

> 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 higher 3rd-grade test scores, but the difference
disappears by the 5th grade. This finding is consistent with previous
research. Forcing children into school early delivers short-term
benefits at best.

> The federal government's financial watchdog, the General Accounting
Office, has criticized early education programs for years because
there is no evidence they deliver long-lasting benefits.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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