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2/1/2008 2:50:44 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Michigan: More Calls Needed to Oppose State Control Over Homeschooling

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February 1, 2008

Michigan: More Calls Needed to Stop the
Expansion of State Control Over Homeschooling

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends in Michigan,

H.B. 4042, the bill which expands government jurisdiction over
children, is still moving forward. It passed the House Education
Committee on a 12-6 vote in spite of the calls they received in
opposition.

As a result, it has gone to the Michigan State House to be voted on by
all the members. We need even more calls to the legislature than
before!

Please take a moment to contact your state representative and express
your opposition to H.B. 4042.

REQUESTED ACTION:

Please call and email your Michigan representative today through
Wednesday, February 6, 2008, and give him or her this message:

"Please vote against H.B. 4042, which will raise the age of compulsory
school attendance. It only serves as a waste of taxpayer's money by
forcing unwilling, disruptive students into the classroom. Studies of
all 50 states show that raising compulsory attendance ages does not
increase graduation rates."

You can find information on your representative by using our
Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4709 .

You do not need to identify that you homeschool--just that you are a
concerned parent and taxpayer.

Be sure to put the message in your own words.

BACKGROUND

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 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 16-year-old is
ready for college or the workforce. (Some 16-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 legislation please go to
our website at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4710 .

Thanks for taking the time to call or email!

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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