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3/4/2008 2:14:48 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa: More Calls Needed to Stop State Power Grab Over 16- and 17-Year-Olds

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Iowa: More 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.

The hearing on House File 2144 originally scheduled for last week will
be held tomorrow, before the House Education Committee. The bill
mandates a one-size-fits-all approach and would 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.

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.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call House Education Committee members below before 3 p.m.
Wednesday. If your last name begins with A-G, call those in group 1.
If your last name begins with H-M, call group 2. If your last name
begins with N-S, call group 3. If your last name begins with T-Z,
call group 4.

Also call your own representative if listed below, regardless of what
group he is in. Use our Legislative Toolbox to find the name of your
state representative: http://www.hslda.org/toolbox.

Call 515-281-3221 and leave a message. Your message can be as simple
as:

"Please vote no on H.F. 2144. 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 path."

It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler, since
these bills affect all parents.

House Education Committee members

GROUP 1

Roger Wendt (D, District 2), Chair

Mary Mascher (D, District 77), Vice Chair

Mike May (R, District 6), Ranking Member

Ako Abdul-Samad (D, District 66)

Carmine Boal (R, District 70)

GROUP 2

Polly Bukta (D, District 26)

Royd Chambers (R, District 5)

Dennis Cohoon (D, District 88)

Cecil Dolecheck (R, District 96)

Ro Foege (D, District 29)

Greg Forristall (R, District 98)

GROUP 3

Elesha Gayman (D, District 84)

Lisa Heddens (D, District 46)

Jeff Kaufmann (R, District 79)

Doris Kelley (D, District 20)

Linda Miller (R, District 82)

Eric Palmer (D, District 75)

GROUP 4

J. Scott Raecker (R, District 63)

Art Staed (D, District 37)

Jodi Tymeson (R, District 73)

Tami Wiencek (R, District 21)

Cindy Winckler (D, District 86)

Philip L. Wise (D, District 92)

BACKGROUND

> 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 easy for a legislature to come back 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
classroom.

> 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

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