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2/5/2010 10:50:01 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
West Virginia--Please Keep Calling to Defeat Increased Government Regulation!

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West Virginia--Please Keep Calling
to Defeat Increased Government Regulation!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Thank you for your effort to defend freedom in West Virginia. Because
of your calls, the Senate Education Committee decided to delay a vote
on Senate Bill 343 until next Tuesday, February 9. If passed, this
bill would increase the compulsory school attendance age from 16 to
17. We have heard reports that there are a high number of calls in
opposition to SB 343. One staff member reported that people are giving
reasons why they oppose the bill instead of just saying they are
against it.

Your calls are making a difference. Many senators agree that
increasing the compulsory school attendance age does not bring
positive results. However, calls are still needed to defeat this
burdensome piece of legislation.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call members of the Senate Education Committee before Tuesday,
February 9, and ask them to vote against SB 343 and oppose increasing
the compulsory school attendance age. Because this legislation would
affect all students, you should not identify yourself as a
homeschooler. Use the following message in your own words:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 343. Increasing the compulsory
attendance age will neither increase graduation rates nor decrease
dropout rates. It will, however, raise taxes and unnecessarily subject
families to government control for an additional year. Parents should
be the ones making decisions about when children should leave school
not the government. Many children are ready to leave school at 16 and
are able to do just fine by getting a GED or starting college early.
This bill would interfere with parents' ability to make the decision
that is best for each child based on their individual circumstances.
Furthermore, I'm concerned that this bill will increase taxes and turn
classrooms into jail cells, further eroding the quality of education
provided in West Virginia's public schools. As a West Virginia tax
payer I oppose this bill. Please vote no on SB 343."

Members of the Senate Education Committee are listed below. If your
name begins with A-K call the last seven senators (8-14), and if your
name begins with L-Z call the first seven Senators (1-7). Please be
sure to call your senator also if listed below.

Senator Robert Plymale - Chair
304-357-7937
robert.plymale@wvsenate.gov

Senator Erik Wells - Vice-Chair
304-357-7841
erik.wells@wvsenate.gov

Senator Richard Browning
304-357-7807
richardbrowning@verizon.net

Senator Larry Edgell
304-357-7827
larry.edgell@wvsenate.gov

Senator Dan Foster
304-357-7866
daniel.foster@camc.org

Senator Mike Green
304-357-7831
mike.green@wvsenate.gov

Senator William Laird
304-357-7849
william.laird@wvsenate.gov

Senator Michael Oliverio II
304-357-7919
michael.oliverio@wvsenate.gov

Senator Ron Stollings
304-357-7939
ron.stollings@verizon.net

Senator John Unger II
304-357-7933
john.unger@wvsenate.gov

Senator Randy White
304-357-7906
randy.white@wvsenate.gov

Senator Clark Barnes
304-357-7973
clark.barnes@wvsenate.gov

Senator Donna Boley
304-357-7905
donnaboley@suddenlink.net

Senator Jesse Guills
304-357-7959
jesse.guills@wvsenate.gov

BACKROUND

Those in favor of raising the compulsory school attendance age feel
that it will help graduation rates and reduce the number of dropouts.
However, statistics and studies show that raising the compulsory
school attendance age does not accomplish this. In fact, several
states with the lowest compulsory school attendance ages have the
highest graduation rates. This bill unnecessarily imposes government
regulation on the authority of parents to make decisions about what is
in the best interest of their children. To learn more you can read
the following article "Raise the Bar, Not the Age"
(http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7639)

Additional reasons to oppose increasing the compulsory school
attendance age:

Children who are compelled to stay in school against their will cause
classroom disruptions and even violence, making learning harder for
their classmates who truly want to learn.

This bill restricts parents' ability to decide if their 16-year-old is
ready for college or the workforce. Many 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 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 upper age limit 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 additional information, visit our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7640

HSLDA continues to work closely with CHEWV to oppose this legislation.

We are standing with you to defend your freedom!

Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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