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2/24/2009 10:48:15 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
North Dakota--Calls Needed: Bad Bill Passes Senate!

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February 24, 2009

North Dakota--Calls Needed: Bad Bill Passes Senate!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Bad news! On February 18, 2009, by a vote of 26 to 20 the North
Dakota Senate passed Senate Bill 2202 which would lower the compulsory
school attendance age in North Dakota from 7 to 6. If this bill
passes the House of Representatives, parents intending to conduct a
home education program for their children will be required to begin
complying with North Dakota's homeschool law a year earlier than now
required.

HSLDA opposes any legislation lowering the compulsory attendance age
because it further erodes parental rights in making decisions which
affect the educational preparedness of their children.

Your state representatives need to know that you object to this
expansion of state control over education. Let your voice be heard
today!

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please contact your state representative with this message:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 2202. This bill restricts a parent's
right to choose when a child is ready for formal education. This bill
will also waste taxpayer dollars, since there is nothing to indicate
that early schooling results in any educational advantage for the
child."

You can find the name and telephone number of your state
representative by going to the North Dakota legislature's website at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=6153 . You may also call the
legislative telephone message center at (701) 328-3373.

2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact their state representatives
with this same message.

BACKGROUND:

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

Lowering the compulsory attendance age erodes the authority of parents
who are in the best position to determine when their child's formal
education should begin. The bill would restrict parents' freedom to
decide if their children are ready for school.

Another significant impact of expanding the compulsory attendance age
would be an inevitable tax increase to pay for more classroom space
and teachers to accommodate the additional students compelled to
attend public school.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2051 .

To review the text of Senate Bill 2202, go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=6154 .


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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