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3/3/2008 4:54:05 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland--Calls Needed to Oppose Compulsory Attendance Bills (Number 2)

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Maryland--Calls Needed to Oppose
Compulsory Attendance Bills (Number 2)

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls are needed to stop two bills that would subject 16- and
17-year-olds to compulsory attendance. This would mean two more years
for homeschool families to be under the burden of homeschool
regulations. Each will be discussed in a separate e-lert for
clarity's sake. This is Number 2, House Bill 1040.

H.B. 1040 would apply the increased school attendance age of 18 only
in Prince George's County, but otherwise it is just as harmful as
Senate Bill 436.

H.B. 1040 will force compulsory attendance for all 16- and
17-year-olds living in Prince George's County. Parents alone know
whether it's best for their 16- and 17-year-olds to stay in a formal
education setting or follow some other path. The government cannot
know the needs of individual students. One size does not fit all when
it comes to school attendance.

Everyone will benefit if parents retain the authority to make
individual decisions for their children. H.B. 1040 wipes out parental
authority and makes the erroneous assumption that compelling school
attendance is the best answer for all 16- and 17-year-olds.

Please call before Wednesday, March 5 at 1 p.m., when the hearing is
scheduled in the House Ways and Means Committee.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please call members of the committee to express your opposition.

1. Call your own delegate, if he or she is on the committee (see list
below). Use our legislative toolbox to see who your senator is at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .

2. Whether or not your delegate is on the committee, call several
other committee members. If your name begins with A-G, call those we
have listed in group 1. If your last name begins with H-M, call group
2. If your last name begins with L-R, call group 3. Others call group
4. (These groupings are our own, not the legislature's.)

You can use the background information below to develop your own
thoughts, or your message can be as simple as:

"Please oppose House Bill 1040. This costly bill will force
unwilling, unmotivated older teens to remain in classrooms in Prince
George's County where they will cause disruption. Protect the right
of parents to decide what educational or vocational path their 16- and
17-year-olds should follow."

It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooling family,
since this bill undermines the rights of all parents.

Group 1
Sheila Hixson, Chair
(410) 841-3469

Ann Doory, Vice-Chair
(410) 841-3476

Joseph Bartlett
(410) 841-3080

Kumar Barve
(410) 841-3464

Jon Cardin
(410) 841-3833

Group 2
D. Page Elmore
(410) 841-3433

C. William Frick
(410) 841-3454

Ron George
(410) 841-3439

James Gilchrist
(410) 841-3744

Carolyn Howard
(410) 841-3919

Group 3
Jolene Ivey
(410) 841-3478

J. B Jennings
(410) 841-3698

Anne Kaiser
(410) 841-3036

Susan Krebs
(410) 841-3200

Peter Murphy
(410) 841-3247

Group 4
John Olszewski
(410) 841-3458

Craig Rice
(410) 841-3090

Justin Ross
(410) 841-3652

Melvin Stukes
(410) 841-3544

Frank Turner
(410) 841-3246

Jay Walker
(410) 841-3581


BACKGROUND


> Raising the compulsory attendance age will not reduce the dropout
rate. Some states with the lowest 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-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
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 school.

To view the text of this bill, please go to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4087

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3623 .

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely Yours,

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-> How long are you in for?

Some families are facing what seems like a lifelong commitment to
homeschooling, with children at both ends of the spectrum -- some
graduating and some just reaching school age. If you're going to
be "in" for a while, consider a lifetime membership with HSLDA.
It's a good deal for families with more than 10 years of
homeschooling ahead.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1936

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