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1/18/2010 2:27:33 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wyoming: Action Needed to Defend Freedom in Wyoming

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WYOMING: ACTION NEEDED TO DEFEND FREEDOM IN WYOMING

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Wyoming House Education Committee is scheduled to meet in Caspar
(NOT Cheyenne) TOMORROW to discuss LSO 194. The legislation would
require homeschoolers in the state to submit to an additional two
years of reporting to the government. We are asking you to take
action to defend your freedom!

To read the legislation you can visit:
http://hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=7526

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Please attend the hearing of the House Education Committee on
Tuesday, January 19th, 2010, to demonstrate your opposition to LSO
194. Contact other homeschooling families who are not members of HSLDA
and urge them to attend this hearing as well. State lawmakers must see
that homeschoolers are willing to fight for their freedoms. The
hearing will be held at Wyoming Contractors Association/McMurry
Training Center 2220 Bryan Stock Trail Big Four Room in Caspar.

If you choose to testify you can see the link below for background to
help you develop your message. Your message can be as simple as,
"Please oppose LSO 194, which raises the compulsory attendance age
from 16 to 18. This bill is unnecessary. It takes away appropriate
parental decision making authority and wastes taxpayer money."

2) Please contact members of the Education Committee and ask them to
oppose LSO 194. This bill affects all students, so it is not necessary
to identify yourself as a homeschooler. You can find contact
information for the Education Committee by going to:
http://hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=7527

You may also use our legislative toolbox at http://hslda.org/toolbox
to obtain contact information for your representative.

BACKGROUND:

Raising the compulsory attendance age will not reduce the dropout
rate. Two states with among the highest high school completion rates,
Maryland at 94.5% and North Dakota at 94.7%, compel attendance only to
age 16.

Twenty-nine states only require attendance to age 16. Older children
unwilling to learn can cause classroom disruptions and even violence,
making learning harder for their classmates who truly want to learn.
This bill if passed would restrict parents' freedom to decide if their
16-year-old is ready for college or the work force. Some 16-year-olds
who are not academically inclined benefit more from valuable work
experience than from being forced to sit in a classroom.

Another significant impact would be an inevitable tax increase to pay
for more classroom space and teachers to accommodate the additional
students. 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 visit:
http://www.hslda.org/docs/display.asp?folder=2549 .

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.

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-> You can only do so much...

No one can be everywhere at once. And you can't be at home,
teaching your children, while monitoring your state's legislature.
Through electronic legislative services, HSLDA is monitoring state
legislation for you -- watching and listening carefully for any
proposed laws that could erode your right to homeschool.
Join HSLDA today-we'll watch out for your future.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1942

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