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10/9/2008 10:45:08 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA: Update on Costly Federal Early Education Spending Bill

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October 8, 2008

HSLDA: Update on Costly Federal Early Education Spending Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Congress has recessed and left Washington, D.C. H.R. 2343, the
Education Begins at Home Act, never came up for a vote on the House
floor. Thank you for your calls. They were successful and helped to
educate members of Congress and their staff about the concerns with
this bill.

It is no longer necessary to call your representative about H.R. 2343.
We will keep you updated if Congress returns for a lame duck session
after Election Day, and if they schedule H.R. 2343 for a vote on the
House floor at that time.

However, if you see your U.S. representative or senator or their staff
in your state at a campaign event, please use that opportunity to tell
them about your concerns with H.R. 2343, and with the federal
government expanding its role in early education.

Thank you for standing with us for liberty.

Sincerely,

Mike Smith
HSLDA President

BACKGROUND

H.R. 2343, the Education Begins at Home Act, seeks to expand the Head
Start Early Home Visitation program to supposedly "educate" parents of
children from newborns to 5-year-olds on parenting strategies.

Despite the bill's seemingly homeschool friendly title, the
legislation is actually yet another "big government" encroachment into
the sphere of education. The federal government will give grant money
to the states to create and expand early education programs. If
passed, this bill would literally open the door for government
employees to work from inside 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 by future Congresses. 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.

Some have expressed concern that this program would help struggling
families and is strictly voluntary, and thus should not be opposed by
homeschoolers. However, the history of the federal government's role
in education is one in which programs start off small and mushroom far
beyond their original scope. If the federal government provides funds
to the states to create or expand early education, the potential would
exist for the states to create early education programs that may not
be voluntary. In addition, it is our philosophy that churches and
private entities should help struggling families, not the government.
When the government gets involved, it is almost always more expensive,
burdensome, and fraught with peril to individual freedom, than having
private organizations provide the same help.

H.R 2343 has been placed on the House Calendar, and could be quickly
scheduled for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives if Congress
decides to come back for a lame duck session after Election Day.
While this is unlikely, it is a certainty that we will see another
version of H.R. 2343 and more early education proposals in the 111th
Congress next year.

For more information on H.R. 2343 and the dangers of early education,
please visit http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5606 .

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