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3/13/2009 5:15:00 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland--Calls Needed to Oppose Discriminatory Compulsory Attendance Bills

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Maryland--Calls Needed to Oppose
Discriminatory Compulsory Attendance Bills

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls are needed immediately to stop two bills that would subject
families to another year of government regulation of their education
and discriminate against homeschool graduates.

House Bill 1223, and the identical Senate Bill 857, change the age at
which compulsory school attendance stops from 16 to 17. Parents alone
know whether it's best for their 16-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.

There is an exemption for students who graduate from a Maryland high
school or get a GED--but no exemption for students who complete their
secondary education in a homeschool setting. Studies show that
homeschool students perform better on tests. Why should the students
who perform best not be exempted? Worse, there is a distinct
possibility that a law treating homeschool graduates as if they
weren't "really" graduates could spur a new wave of discrimination
against our young people who are applying for college or jobs.

You may be told homeschoolers are exempt from the increased compulsory
age. Not so. The bill says, in effect, that homeschool students are
exempted from the higher compulsory age if they keep on complying with
the homeschool law. This is basically meaningless. If one can only
be exempted from a law by complying with it, it is no exemption.

Please call before Tuesday, March 17 at 1 p.m., when hearings are
scheduled in both the House and the Senate.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please call members of the committees to express your opposition.

1. Call your own delegate and senator, if he or she is on one of the
committees (see list
below). Use our Legislative Toolbox to see who your delegate is at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .

2. Whether or not your delegate is on the committee, call the other
committee members. If your name begins with A-G, call those we have
listed in group 1. If your last name begins with H-M, call group 2.
If your last name begins with L-R, call group 3. Others call group 4.


You can use the background information below to develop your own
thoughts, or your message can be as simple as:

"(If you are talking to a senator) Please oppose Senate Bill 857... or
(if you are talking to a delegate) please oppose House Bill 1224 ....
This multimillion dollar proposal 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
paths their 16-year-olds should follow."

It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooling family,
since this bill undermines the rights of all parents.

CONTACT INFORMATION

SENATE EDUCATION, HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Group 1

Joan Carter Conway
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/05sen/html/msa12413.html ),
Chair (410) 841-3145, (301) 858-3145

Roy P. Dyson
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/05sen/html/msa02013.html ),
Vice-Chair (410) 841-3673, (301) 858-3673

Group 2

Richard F. Colburn
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/05sen/html/msa12161.html )
(410) 841-3590, (301) 858-3590
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3590 (toll free)

Janet Greenip
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/05sen/html/msa12232.html )
(410) 841-3568, (301) 858-3568
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3568 (toll free)

Group 3

David C. Harrington
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/05sen/html/msa14738.html )
(410) 841-3745, (301) 858-3745
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3745 (toll free)

Andrew P. Harris
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/05sen/html/msa02793.html )
(410) 841-3706, (301) 858-3706
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3706 (toll free)

Group 4

Michael G. Lenett
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/05sen/html/msa14609.html )
(410) 841-3151, (301) 858-3151
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3151 (toll free)

Paul G. Pinsky
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/05sen/html/msa12156.html )
(410) 841-3155, (301) 858-3155
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3155 (toll free)

James C. Rosapepe
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/05sen/html/msa12300.html )
(410) 841-3141, (301) 858-3141
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3141 (toll free)

HOUSE WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE

Group 1

Sheila E. Hixson
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa12241.html ),
Chair (410) 841-3469, (301) 858-3469

Ann Marie Doory
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa12214.html ),
Vice-Chair (410) 841-3476, (301) 858-3476

Joseph R. Bartlett
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa02764.html )
(410) 841-3080, (301) 858-3080
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3080 (toll free)

Kumar P. Barve
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa12183.html )
(410) 841-3464, (301) 858-3464
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3464 (toll free)

Joseph C. Boteler III
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa13982.html )
(410) 841-3365, (301) 858-3365
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3365 (toll free)

Jon S. Cardin
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa13984.html )
(410) 841-3833, (301) 858-3833
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3833 (toll free)

Group 2

D. Page Elmore
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa14004.html )
(410) 841-3433, (301) 858-3433
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3433 (toll free)

C. William Frick
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa14748.html )
(410) 841-3454, (301) 858-3454
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3454 (toll free)

Ronald A. George
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa14645.html )
(410) 841-3439, (301) 858-3439
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3439 (toll free)


James W. Gilchrist
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa14617.html )
(410) 841-3744, (301) 858-3744
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3744 (toll free)

Carolyn J. B. Howard
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa12243.html )
(410) 841-3919, (301) 858-3919
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3919 (toll free)

Jolene Ivey
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa14621.html )
(410) 841-3478, (301) 858-3478
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3478 (toll free)

Group 3

Anne R. Kaiser
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa13987.html )
(410) 841-3036, (301) 858-3036
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3036 (toll free)

Peter F. Murphy
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa14628.html )
(410) 841-3247, (301) 858-3247
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3247 (toll free)

LeRoy E. Myers, Jr.
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa13975.html )
(410) 841-3321, (301) 858-3321;
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3321 (toll free)

John A. Olszewski, Jr.
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa14580.html )
(410) 841-3458, (301) 858-3458
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3458 (toll free)

Craig L. Rice
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa14630.html )
(410) 841-3090, (301) 858-3090
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3090 (toll free)

Justin D. Ross
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa13993.html )
(410) 841-3652, (301) 858-3652
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3652 (toll free)


Group 4
Christopher B. Shank
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa02786.html )
(410) 841-3636, (301) 858-3636
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3636 (toll free)

Melvin L. Stukes
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa14634.html )
(410) 841-3544, (301) 858-3544
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3544 (toll free)

Frank S. Turner
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa12313.html )
(410) 841-3246, (301) 858-3246
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3246 (toll free)

Jay Walker
( http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa14638.html )
(410) 841-3581, (301) 858-3581
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3581 (toll free)

BACKGROUND

> The graduation "exception" applies to students who have obtained a
"Maryland High School Diploma." This means a public school or
state-issued diploma.

> Raising the compulsory school attendance age will not reduce the
dropout rate. Some states with the lowest completion rates compel
attendance to age 18.

> More than 20 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 17 would restrict parents' freedom to
decide if their 16-year-old is ready for college or the work force.
Some 16-year-olds who are not academically inclined benefit more from
valuable work experience than from being forced to sit in a classroom.

>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. The fiscal note attached to this bill indicates
Maryland taxpayers should expect to pay probably at least $40 million
more per year.

For more information on compulsory school attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3623 .

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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