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4/19/2007 11:34:17 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Vermont--More Calls Needed to Oppose Prekindergarten Bill

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

April 19, 2007

Vermont--More Calls Needed to Oppose Prekindergarten Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

More calls are needed to stop expansion of government control over
children. If you have not contacted the Vermont Senate about House
Bill 534, you still have time to make your voice heard.

The Senate Education Committee is currently debating House Bill 534
which allows unlimited taxpayer dollars for education of 3- and
4-year-olds. This bill opens the door for lowering the compulsory
attendance age.

In addition, it will impose a greater financial burden on Vermont
taxpayers. Most importantly, this bill is potentially harmful to
Vermont children and families.

Experts agree that families are vital to positive childhood
development and that it is better for children to be in a nurturing
family environment than away from their parents in a formal
educational program during their early years. Studies have shown that
not only do children who participate in early childhood educational
programs not score higher on tests than children who begin their
formal education later, but they may also burn out earlier, and show
poor scholastic performance later in life.

It appears that the bill is poised to be rubber-stamped by the Vermont
Legislature. While Home School Legal Defense Association opposes this
type of legislation, Representative Carolyn Branagan has proposed an
amendment that would limit spending and improve the bill fiscally.
However, this amendment was rejected on House floor. Please take a
few moments to consider the actions we've requested below.


1) If you have not yet done so, contact all of the Senate Education
Committee members (listed below), and, in your own words, give them
the following message:

"Please oppose the expansion of state-funded prekindergarten programs.
House Bill 534 will cost taxpayers millions of dollars to fund
programs that do not produce long-term positive results and that
create a dangerous framework for lowering the compulsory attendance

You do not need to mention that you are a homeschooler. This issue
affects all families, as all Vermont residents pay taxes that will
increase along with prekindergarten spending. Though it would be best
for the committee to kill the bill, at the very least, they need to
add Representative Branagan's amendment to it.

2) Contact your own Senator as well. You can find your Senator's
contact information at this link (listed by
district). If the bill passes the committee, your Senator will vote
on it.

Senate Committee on Education (call, email, fax, or snail mail)

Senator Donald "Don" Collins of Franklin District (D), Chair
23 Broadway Street, Swanton, VT 05488
Phone: 802-868-7975
Fax: 802-868-9816

Senator Bill Doyle of Washington District (R), Vice-Chair
186 Murray Road, Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: 802-223-2851
Fax: 802-635-2356

Senator Harold Giard of Addison District (D)
1786 Crown Point Road , Bridport, VT 05734
Phone: 802-758-2577

Senator Alice Nitka of Windsor District (D), Clerk
P.O. Box 136 , Ludlow, VT 05149
Phone: 802-228-8432
Email: OR

Senator Robert Starr of Essex-Orleans District (D)
958 VT RTE 105W, North Troy, VT 05859
Phone: 802-988-2877
Starr's Transportation
Box 319, North Troy, VT 05859
Work Phone: 802-988-2281


Reasons to Oppose Voluntary Universal Preschool Education

1) Education of 4-year-olds in the public schools has been proven
ineffective. See HSLDA's position paper on Mandatory Kindergarten and
Early Education visit:

2) Creating a program for pre-schoolers to attend school will likely
lead to compulsory attendance of pre-schoolers in the future.

3) Education of pre-schoolers across the state will raise everyone's

4) This will create a "constitutional right" for families to have a
public school education for their pre-schoolers.

5) Prekindergarten educational programs seek to develop young children
in early emotional, social, academic, and moral growth--this is a
function better performed by the parents.

Blessings to you and your family!

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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