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5/7/2009 4:59:23 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Nevada--Calls Needed Now to Stop Early Education Bill

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May 7, 2009

Nevada--Calls Needed Now to Stop Early Education Bill

Dear Nevada HSLDA Members and Friends,

Yesterday, Senate Bill 378, an initiative to fund early childhood
education, passed out of the Assembly Education Committee. The bill
requires the State Department 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

Please contact your assembly member by phone, fax, and email and give
him or her the following message in your own words:

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Please vote against Senate Bill 378, which requires the Department of
Education to write a plan for early education programs in the public
schools that have not been proven to be effective. This is a waste of
taxpayers' dollars. It will also increase the pressure to lower the
compulsory school attendance age, which will restrict parents' role in
the education of their children in the future.
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Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler.

You can find your assemblyman's contact information at the following
website: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6356

Additionally, 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.

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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