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2/8/2008 10:06:49 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa: Calls Needed to Stop State Power Grab Over 16- and 17-Year-Olds

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Iowa: Calls Needed to Stop State Power Grab Over 16- and 17-Year-Olds

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls are needed immediately to stop the state from grabbing
power away from parents concerning what is best for 16- and
17-year-olds. Right now, when a young person turns 16, parents have
the authority to decide what is best--whether to continue in formal
education or pursue some other path.

Three bills will have a hearing on Monday that mandate a one-size-fits
all approach and force all 16- and 17-year-olds to stay in a formal
program of education. The government is not a parent. It cannot
know what is best for individual youngsters.


Please call all the House Education Subcommittee members below before
10:30 a.m. Monday, especially if they represent your district. Call
515-281-3221 and leave a message. Your message can be as simple as:

"Please vote no on H.S.B. 532, H.F. 2144, and H.F. 2039. The
government cannot know what is best for every youngster. Parents
should continue to have the long-standing authority to decide whether
a 16- or 17-year-old continues in formal education or follows another

It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler since these
bills affect all parents. Use our legislative toolbox to find the
name of your state representative: .

House Education Subcommittee members

Lisa Heddens

Cecil Dolecheck

Art Staed


> You may be told that H.F. 2144 contains an "exemption" for
homeschoolers. This bill should still be opposed. It is questionable
whether the wording really exempts homeschoolers, and even if it did,
it would be an easy target for a legislature to come back in at a
later date and remove the exemption.

> Raising the compulsory attendance age will not reduce the dropout
rate. In fact, many states with the highest high school completion
rates compel attendance only to age 16. Some states with low
completion rates compel attendance to age 18.

> Twenty-eight 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.

> Mandating attendance until age 18 would restrict parents' freedom to
decide if their 16- or 17-year-old is ready for college or the work
force. Some 16-year-olds who are not academically inclined benefit
more from valuable work experience than from being forced to sit in a

> Expanding the compulsory attendance age would inevitably cause a tax
increase to pay for more classroom space and teachers to accommodate
the additional students compelled to attend public school.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

-> How many news articles did you read this morning over your

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