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2/18/2010 4:29:12 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
West Virginia--Please Call to Defend Freedom!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

West Virginia--Please Call to Defend Freedom!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your action is needed, once again, to defeat attempts to increase the
age of compulsory school attendance in West Virginia.

We have been informing you of the status of Senate Bill 343, which
would increase the compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 17. SB
343 has been referred to the Finance Committee. The House Education
Committee will discuss the issue of compulsory attendance tomorrow,
February 19.

Those in favor of raising the compulsory school attendance age feel
that it will increase graduation rates and reduce the number of
dropouts. However, statistics and studies show that raising the
compulsory school attendance age does not accomplish this result. In
fact, several states with the lowest compulsory school attendance ages
have the highest graduation rates. Please take action as requested
below to prevent unnecessary 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" (


Please call members of the House Education Committee as soon as
possible and ask them to oppose increasing the compulsory school
attendance age to 17. Because this legislation would affect all
students, you should not identify yourself as a homeschooler. Use the
following message in your own words:

"Please oppose all legislation that would increase the age of
compulsory school attendance. 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 their children are ready to leave
school--not the government. Many children are ready to leave school
at 16 and are able to get a GED or start college early. Increasing
the compulsory attendance age interferes with parents' ability to
decide what best meets the needs of their children. Furthermore, I'm
concerned this 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 taxpayer I oppose
increasing the age of compulsory attendance."

Members of the House Education Committee are listed below. Please be
sure to call your delegate if listed. Otherwise, please contact the
delegates as instructed:

If your last name begins with A-H call the following delegates;

Delegate Mary Poling, Chair
(304) 340-3265

Delegate Brady Paxton, Vice-Chair
(304) 340-3337

Delegate Walter Duke
(304) 340-3151

Delegate Linda Sumner
(304) 340-3180

Delegate Robert Beach
(304) 340-3153

Delegate Gerald Crosier
(304) 340-3188

Delegate Timothy Ennis
(304) 340-3126

Delegate Ron Fragale
(304) 340-3114

Delegate Tiffany Lawrence
(304) 340-3152

If your last name begins with I-Q call the following delegates.

Delegate Tom Louisos
(304) 340-3170

Delegate Ricky Moye
(304) 340-3162

Delegate David Perry
(304) 340-3117

Delegate Dave Pethtel
(304) 340-3158

Delegate Ralph Rodighiero
(304) 340-3154

Delegate Stan Shaver
(304) 340-3146

Delegate Margaret Smith
(304) 340-3123

Delegate Josh Stowers
(304) 340-3384

If your last name begins with R-Z call the following delegates

Delegate David Walker
(304) 340-3135

Delegate Larry Williams
(304) 340-3160

Delegate Troy Andes
(304) 340-3121

Delegate Ray Canterbury
(304) 340-3131

Delegate Lynwood Ireland
(304) 340-3195

Delegate William Romine
(304) 340-3226

Delegate Ruth Rowan
(304) 340-3157

Delegate John Shott
(304) 340-3179


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:

HSLDA is working closely with CHEWV to oppose this legislation.

We are standing with you to defend your freedom!


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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