From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


10/20/2008 5:19:21 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Jersey: Calls to Stop Expansion of Government Control Over Homeschoolers

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

New Jersey: Calls Needed Immediately to Stop Expansion
of Government Control Over Homeschoolers

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls are needed immediately to defend parental freedom against a
bill set for hearing in the Assembly Appropriations Committee this
Thursday, October 23. A. 375 aims to expand state control over young
people by expanding the compulsory school attendance age from 16 to

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.

And the price of this experiment will include higher taxes for New
Jersey residents.


Please contact the members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee
before Thursday and express your opposition to these bills. Your
message can be as simple as:

"Please oppose Assembly Bill 375. This costly bill will force
unwilling, unmotivated older teens to remain in classrooms 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. If your name
begins with A-G, call group 1. If it begins with H-M, call group 2.
If O-S, call group 3. T-Z call group 4. Also, call your own
assemblyman, if he is listed below, regardless of what group he is in.
(Use our Legislative Toolbox if you don't know the name of your
assemblyman: ).

Group 1

Nellie Pou, Chair
(973) 247-1555

Valerie Huttle, Vice-Chair
(201) 541-1118 (Englewood)
(201) 928-0100 (Teaneck)

Dawn Marie Addiego
(609) 654-1498

Group 2

Peter Barnes
(732) 548-1406

Herb Conaway
(856) 461-3997

Michael Doherty
(908) 835-0552

Group 3

Louis Greenwald
(856) 435-1247

Reed Gusciora
(609) 292-0500

Richard Merkt
(973) 895-9100

Group 4

Ruben Ramos
(201) 714-4960

Samuel Thompson
(732) 583-5558

John Wisniewski
(732) 316-1885


>You may be told this legislation does not affect homeschooling. It
does. It would subject homeschool families to two additional years of
government mandates with respect to family education.

>You may be told homeschool students who graduate are exempt. This is
not correct. The bill only exempts those who have graduated "from
high school." Under New Jersey law, homeschooling is considered an
education "elsewhere than at school." Since the bill's graduation
language only clearly exempts those who have graduated from "high
school" , i.e., public and private school students, it is possible--or
even likely--that a judge interpreting the language would decide the
exemption does not apply to those who receive instruction elsewhere
than at school.

>Expanding the compulsory attendance age would inevitably cause tax
increases to pay for more classroom space and teachers to accommodate
the additional students compelled to attend public school.

> Raising the compulsory attendance age will not reduce the dropout
rate. Some of 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 or 17-year-old is ready for college or the work
force. Some 16- or 17-year-olds who are not academically
inclined benefit more from valuable work experience than from being
forced to sit in a classroom.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at .

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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