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5/2/2007 12:01:06 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Vermont--More Action Needed to Oppose Prekindergarten Bill

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May 2, 2007

Vermont--More Action Needed to Oppose Prekindergarten Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

More calls are needed to stop expansion of government control over
children. The Senate Education Committee has referred House Bill 534
to its Appropriations Committee for further consideration of its cost
to taxpayers.

It has been reported to us that the Senate Appropriations Committee
has concerns that this bill costs too much. Therefore, we have a
chance to kill House Bill 534 if the callers opposing the bill
emphasize its high cost and its being a waste of taxpayers' money.

House Bill 534 allows unlimited taxpayer dollars for education of 3-
and 4-year-olds, and 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.

All Vermont senators need to hear from concerned families.

ACTION REQUESTED

1) Please call the senators listed below. If your last name begins
with the letter A-G, please contact members 1-8, if H-N, contact
members 9-16; if O-T, contact members 17-22; if U-Z, contact members
23-29. 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. I do not
support House Bill 534."

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.

1. Sen. Robert Starr (D)
(802) 988-2281

2. Sen. George Coppenrath (R)
(802) 633-2377

3. Sen. Vincent Illuzzi (R)
(802) 334-2807

4. Sen. Alice Nitka (D)
(802) 228-8432

5. Sen. Claire Ayer (D)
(802) 545-2142

6. Sen. Susan Bartlett (D)
(802) 888-5591

7. Sen. John Campbell (D)
(802) 295-1111

8. Sen. Bill Carris (D)
(802) 773-9111

9. Sen. Donald "Don" Collins (D)
(802) 868-7975

10. Sen. James Condos (D)
(802) 238-3809

11. Sen. Ann Cummings (D)
(802) 223-6043

12. Sen. William Doyle (R)
(802) 223-2851

13. Sen. Ed Flanagan (D)
(802) 862-3203

14. Sen. Harold Giard (D)
(802) 758-2577

15. Sen. Robert Hartwell (D)
(802) 362-5757

16. Sen. M. Jane Kitchel (D)
(802) 684-3482

17. Sen. Sara Branon Kittell (D)
(802) 827-3274

18. Sen. Virginia "Ginny" Lyons (D)
(802) 863-6129

19. Sen. Mark MacDonald D)
(802) 433-5867

20. Sen. Hull Maynard (R)
(802) 773-3000

21. Sen. Richard McCormack (D)
(802) 234-5497

22. Sen. Hinda Miller (D)
(802) 660-4880

23. Sen. Kevin Mullin (R)
(802) 747-3312

24. Sen. Douglas Racine (D)
(802) 434-2013

25. Sen. Philip Scott (R)
(802) 223-5288

26. Sen. Richard Sears (D)
(802) 442-6156

27. Sen. Peter Shumlin (D)
(802) 387-4447

28. Sen. Diane Snelling (R)
(802) 482-4382

29. Sen. Jeanette White (D)
(802) 387-4379

BACKGROUND

Reasons to oppose voluntary universal preschool education include:

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: http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000000/00000028.asp

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
taxes.

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.

Thank you!


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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