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4/30/2009 3:29:07 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Nevada: Calls Needed Now to Stop Early Education Bill

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Nevada: Calls Needed Now to Stop Early Education Bill

Dear Nevada HSLDA Members and Friends,

Senate Bill 378, an initiative to fund early childhood education, has
passed out of both the Health and Education and Finance committees and
is headed to the Senate floor for a vote. The bill requires the State
Board of Education to develop a plan for early childhood education,
requirements for prekindergarten programs and other matters.

The state Department of Education is pushing this bill so they can get
money from the federal stimulus package, which will result in unfunded
mandates that will be too expensive to fund by taxpayers in the
future.

While this bill does not affect homeschoolers right now, history
demonstrates that what is initially optional in the educational arena
inexorably becomes mandatory in due course. Early childhood education
advocates have been clear in announcing their goal of mandatory
preschool for all children, including homeschoolers.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please contact your senator by phone, fax and email and give him or
her this message in your own words:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 378, which will mandate in our
schools early education programs that have not been proven to be
effective. This is a waste of taxpayers' dollars. It will also
increase the pressure to expand compulsory attendance, which will
restrict parents' choice in the education of their children."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler.

Please visit http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6355 to submit your
opinion about this bill. At the right hand side of the page, click on
the option entitled "Share your opinion on legislative bills." Please
write a short comment in opposition of this bill. Contact information
required to submit an opinion will be kept confidential by the
Legislative Counsel Bureau but will allow legislators to know who is
writing to them from their district. Using this method notifies the
entire Assembly and Senate of your opinion on a bill.

Phone numbers for legislators can be found at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6356

BACKGROUND

While the bill purports to make these programs optional, history shows
us that there will be subsequent pressure to make them mandatory,
universal, and funded with taxpayer dollars.

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 school attendance age erodes the authority of
parents who are in the best position to determine when their child's
formal education should begin.

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 schools.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6357 .

Sincerely,

J. Michael Smith
HSLDA President

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