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2/2/2010 11:18:48 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Missouri--Act Now to Prevent Expansion of Compulsory School Attendance

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Missouri--Act Now to Prevent Expansion of Compulsory School Attendance

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Representative Sara Lampe is working to lower the age of compulsory
school attendance from age 7 to 5, and we need your help to stop her.

House Bill 1543 will come to the floor of the House of Representatives
in the very near future, and Lampe says she will try to amend it to
lower the compulsory attendance age. Her strategy is to tack her
amendment on and let it piggyback into law with the rest of the bill.

The bill itself is likely to pass because of its significance on
several educational issues, so it is vital that we work to prevent it
from being amended to expand compulsory attendance.

ACTION REQUESTED

Today send a letter or email to your representative asking him or her
to oppose any amendment lowering the age of compulsory attendance.
Express your views in your own words, but feel free to make use of the
points below. To find contact information for your representative, go
to our Legislative Toolbox http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .

When HB 1543 comes to the floor of the House, other amendments could
be offered that are harmful to freedom. Having a big crowd of
homeschoolers at the Capitol could help keep lawmakers "honest." The
date has not yet been scheduled, but please plan to come to the
capitol when we know the date. We may have 24 hours notice or less,
so please stay flexible!

Also please plan to attend a major homeschool rally at the Capitol in
Jefferson City on March 2. A large turnout by homeschool families will
convince lawmakers that we remain highly interested in what they do.
Families for Home Education will distribute more information about the
rally as the day grows closer.

BACKGROUND

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. The bill would restrict parents' freedom to
decide if their children are ready for school.

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 school.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2051.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.,
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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