From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/7/2008 4:18:39 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Kansas--Action Needed to Stop Expansion of State Control Over Children!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Kansas--Action Needed to Stop
Expansion of State Control Over Children!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Last week the Kansas Senate used an "emergency action" to rush through
a vote on S.B. 399, the bill that will expand state control over
children from 7 down to 6--including homeschooled children. As the
sponsors expected, the rushed vote went in their favor, 36-3.

Calls are needed now to members of the House Education
Committee--before they hold their public hearing on the bill at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, March 12.


1. Please call members of the committee. If your name begins with
A-G, call those in group 1. If it begins with H-M, call group 2. If
it begins with N-S, call group 3. If it begins with T-Z, call group

2. Also, if your own representative is on the list below, be sure to
call him or her in addition. Use our Legislative Toolbox to find your
representative's name.

3. Your message can be as simple as:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 399. Not all 6-year-olds are ready
for school. Only parents can make that decision. Studies show that the
benefits of starting school early are temporary. The costs of this
bill outweigh the benefits."

Or you can use information below to develop your own message.

House Education Committee Members


Ann Mah

Shirley Palmer

Eber Phelps

Ed Trimmer

Valdenia Winn


Sheryl Spalding

Bill Wolf

Sue Storm, Ranking Minority Member

Marti Crow

Geraldine Flaharty

Judith Loganbill


Don Hill

Benjamin Hodge

Steve Huebert

Bill Otto

Ted Powers

Marc Rhoades


Clay Aurand, Chairperson

Deena Horst, Vice-chairperson

Pat Colloton

Barbara Craft

Owen Donohoe

John Faber


Senate Bill 399 would make every child 6 years of age subject to
compulsory school attendance. That means that homeschool students will
be subject to state control one full additional year. The bill
establishes a new level of state control over 6-year-olds and
undermines parental authority to make decisions on an individual
basis. Compulsory attendance starts at age 7 now.

Studies show that some children fail because they are forced into
school too young. And sometimes they never recover. Rather than
forcing a clumsy and expensive one-size-fits-all approach,
parents--and parents alone--should have the right to decide whether a
5-year-old is mature enough emotionally, physically and socially to
start school. Studies have also shown that the academic benefits of
starting school earlier disappear after the child has been in school a
few more years.

According to the 2005 NAEP, test scores of children from states which
have low compulsory school attendance ages (5-6) did not score any
higher than children from the other states, and in some subjects their
average was actually lower.

Many education experts have concluded that beginning a child's formal
education too early may actually result in burnout and poor scholastic
performance later.

A report published February 6, 2007 by the Goldwater Institute
examines Stanford 9 test scores and finds Arizona kindergarten
programs initially improve learning but have no measurable impact on
reading, math, or language arts test scores by fifth grade.

The data show that students in schools with all-day kindergarten
programs have statistically significant higher 3rd-grade test scores
but there is no impact on 5th-grade scores. This finding is consistent
with previous research. Forcing children into school early delivers
short-term benefits at best.

Another significant impact of expanding the mandatory schooling is
the 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

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

-> Who are the nation's best lobbyists?

We don't know that this has ever been determined; but we do know
that HSLDA's National Center for Home Education is the only
national organization lobbying on behalf of homeschoolers on
Capitol Hill.

More reasons to join HSLDA...

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