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9/15/2009 12:16:47 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wisconsin--Calls Needed to Oppose Early Education Bill

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Wisconsin--Calls Needed to Oppose Early Education Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Please call now to tell the Wisconsin legislature to vote NO on a bill
that would make kindergarten mandatory. A.B. 119 would penalize many
families who want to wait until their child turns 6 to start school.

The penalty? Rather than entering public school as a first grader,
their 6-year-old would be forced to enter as a kindergartner. Since
basically no one would want this to happen, it's a back doorway to
lowering the compulsory school attendance age.

It would be a very small step after that to make all 5-year-olds
subject to compulsory education--including homeschoolers.

Early childhood education advocates have been clear in announcing
their goal of mandatory preschool for all children, including
homeschoolers.

Tomorrow, September 16, the full Assembly is scheduled to vote on A.B.
119.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please call your assembly member and give this message:

"Please vote against Assembly Bill 119, which makes kindergarten
mandatory. Kindergarten should stay voluntary. Making it mandatory is
a poor use of taxpayers' dollars. It does not deliver long-term
benefits to students. It's a back doorway to lowering the age of
compulsory school attendance."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler.

The legislative hotline toll-free is (800) 362-9472. Ask to speak with
your state representative.

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.

Lowering the compulsory attendance age from 6 to 5 would subject
Wisconsin home educators to the requirements of the homeschool statute
one year earlier than now required. (You do not need to share this
reason with your legislators.)

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.

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. When California raised the age of compulsory
attendance, unwilling students were so disruptive that new schools had
to be built just to handle them and their behavior problems, all at
the expense of the taxpayer.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/E/Early_Education.asp

Sincerely

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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