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4/9/2007 1:26:00 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois: Calls Needed to Protect Parental Rights

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Illinois: Calls Needed to Protect Parental Rights

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We need your calls to protect parental rights in Illinois.

SB 543 will infringe on parent rights by taking away a parent's choice
to withdraw her child from kindergarten if the parent believes her
child is not ready for school.

SB 543 has passed the Senate and is now in the House. This bill would
extend the truancy laws to those who are in kindergarten by defining
"dropout" as including any child enrolled in kindergarten (ages 5 and
6) whose parents have removed him from school because they do not
believe he is ready to attend. This bill will limit parental freedom
to choose what is best for their children.

We are working closely with Ralph Garcia and the Christian Home
Educators Coalition to oppose these bills.

REQUESTED ACTION

Please call your representative and give this message:

"Please vote against SB 543. This bill takes control away from the
parents and gives it to the state by making children start school
before they are ready. SB 543 interferes with a parent's right to make
educational choices in the best interest of their child."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler.

You can find the name and telephone number of your state
representative by using HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at
http://capwiz.com/hslda/state/main/?state=IL&view=myofficials


BACKGROUND

> 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
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/E/Early_Education.asp

Thank you for standing with us in this fight for parental rights.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka


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