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9/25/2008 1:41:21 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA: Act Now to Stop Costly Federal Early Education Spending Bill

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September 25, 2008

HSLDA: Act Now to Stop Costly Federal Early Education Spending Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Action is needed now to stop a harmful early education bill, H.R.
2343, the Education Begins at Home Act. Despite the bill's seemingly
homeschool-friendly title, the legislation is actually yet another
"big government" encroachment into the sphere of education.

H.R. 2343 seeks to expand the Head Start Early Home Visitation program
to supposedly "educate" parents of children from infants to
5-year-olds on parenting strategies. If passed, this bill would
literally open the door for government employees to enter private
homes to impose unelected officials' educational agendas, which may
prove offensive and contrary to many families' moral and religious
beliefs. Although at this point enrollment in the home visitation
program is voluntary, government programs almost always grow beyond
their original scope when bills are amended.

This intrusive and unnecessary legislation comes at a whopping
starting cost of more than $190 million--a burden that will be
incurred by already struggling American taxpayers.

Action Requested

Please call your U.S. representative today and urge him or her to
oppose H.R. 2343, the Education Begins at Home Act. It is not
necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler. You can say
something as simple as the following:

"I am a constituent and I strongly oppose H.R. 2343. The government
should not be involved in funding questionable early education
programs, especially at a time of financial uncertainty when our
hard-earned tax dollars could be better spent elsewhere."

You can reach your U.S. representative by calling the Capitol
Switchboard at 202-224-3121, or by using our Legislative Toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .

This bill has been placed on the House calendar and could come up for
a vote anytime this week, or even during the weekend as Congress
rushes to finish legislative priorities before they adjourn.

Background

For more information on H.R. 2343 and the dangers of early education,
please visit http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5552 .

Sincerely,

J. Michael Smith
HSLDA President

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