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5/22/2007 4:46:11 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Nevada: Call to Stop the Expansion of State Control over Your Children

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May 22, 2007

Nevada: Call to Stop the Expansion of State Control over Your Children

Dear Nevada HSLDA members and friends:

S.B. 312 would increase state control over your children by expanding
the compulsory school attendance age from 17 to 18 years. This means
that all homeschoolers would be subject to the homeschool statute
requirements for an additional year.

This bill has already passed the Senate, as well as the Assembly
Committee on Education. It could face a vote on the Assembly floor at
any time. We need your calls to stop this dangerous legislation!

REQUESTED ACTION

Please call your assemblyman and give this message:

"Please vote against S.B. 312. Please oppose any effort to raise the
age of compulsory school attendance. It only serves as a waste of
taxpayers' money; it would force unwilling, disruptive students into
the classroom."

You do not need to identify that you homeschool.

To find contact information for your assemblyman, use our Legislative
Toolbox by clicking here:
http://capwiz.com/hslda/state/main/?state=NV&view=myofficials

Reasons For Opposing Lower Compulsory Attendance Age:

> Raising the compulsory attendance age from 17 to 18 would subject
home educators to the requirements of the homeschool statute one year
later than now required. (You do not need to share this reason with
your legislators.)

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

> Twenty-nine states only require attendance to age 16. Older children
unwilling to learn can cause classroom disruptions and even violence,
making learning harder for their classmates who truly want to learn.

> It would restrict parents' freedom to decide if their 17-year-old is
ready for college or the workforce. (Some 17-year-olds who are not
academically inclined benefit more from valuable work experience than
from 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 raised 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
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/E/Early_Education.asp

Thanks for taking the time to call or email!

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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