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5/29/2009 11:22:35 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Nevada--Calls Needed Now to Legislators to Support Governor's Veto of SB 378

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May 29, 2009

Nevada--Calls Needed Now to Legislators to Support Governor's Veto of
SB 378

Dear Nevada HSLDA Members and Friends,

Yesterday, Senate Bill 378, authorizing the State Department of
Education to develop a plan to fund early childhood education,
including requirements for prekindergarten programs, and other
matters, was VETOED BY THE GOVERNOR. However, the legislature can
override the Governor's veto if both the Senate and Assembly obtain a
2/3's majority vote.

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 Senator and Assembly member by phone, fax, and
email and give him or her the follow message in your own words:

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Please vote to support the Governor's veto of SB 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 senator and assemblyman's contact information at the
following website: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6365

Additionally, please visit http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6365 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 to 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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