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12/11/2009 11:27:41 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Massachusetts--Legislature Seeks to Raise Compulsory School Attendance

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December 11, 2009

Massachusetts--Legislature Seeks to Raise Compulsory School Attendance

Dear Members and Friends,

After spending over a year "studying" the drop-out rate in
Massachusetts, a government commission has release its report
recommending, among other things, that the age of compulsory school
attendance be raised to 18 and lowered to age 5. The Graduation and
Dropout Prevention and Recovery Commission was created in August of
2008 in accordance with Massachusetts Senate Bill 2766.

As a result, there are now several bills in the Joint Committee on
Education that would expand the compulsory attendance age. The
committee is considering three bills that would increase the maximum
age of compulsory attendance from 16 to 18 and another bill that would
lower the minimum age of compulsory attendance from 6 to 5.

If passed, these bills would increase government control over children
and further restrict parents' rights to direct the upbringing and
education of their children. These are rights that have been
recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court as fundamental constitutional
rights, and must be protected.

HSLDA is tracking these bills and will keep you informed as to any
significant changes. Please view HSLDA's analysis of these bills and
other legislation in Massachusetts at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7336 .

To view the Graduation and Dropout Prevention and Recovery
Commission's full report visit http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7337
.

Thank you for your support of homeschool freedom in Massachusetts!


Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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