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2/22/2010 5:04:14 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland--Calls Needed to Oppose Discriminatory Compulsory Attendance Bill

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Maryland--Calls Needed to Oppose
Discriminatory Compulsory Attendance Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Calls are needed immediately to stop Senate Bill 239, a bill that
would subject families to another year of government regulation of
their education (from age 16 to age 17), and discriminate against
homeschool graduates.

At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Senate Education, Health and
Environmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on SB 239 (bad
weather interfered with the originally scheduled hearing date). Your
call will let the committee know that families do not want an
expansion of government control over their educational decisions.

Parents alone know whether it's best for their 16-year-olds to stay in
a formal education setting or follow some other path. The government
cannot know the needs of individual students. One size does not fit
all when it comes to school attendance.

ACTION REQUESTED

Call your own senator, if he or she is on the committee (see list
below). Use our Legislative Toolbox to see who your senator is at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .

Your message can be as simple as: "Please oppose Senate Bill 239. This
multimillion dollar proposal will force unwilling, unmotivated older
teens to remain in classrooms where they will cause disruption.
Protect the right of parents to decide what educational or vocational
paths their 16-year-olds should follow."

It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooling family,
since this bill undermines the rights of all parents.

SENATE COMMITTEE CONTACT INFORMATION

Joan Carter Conway, Chair
(410) 841-3145, (301) 858-3145

Roy P. Dyson, Vice-Chair
(410) 841-3673, (301) 858-3673

Richard F. Colburn
(410) 841-3590, (301) 858-3590

David C. Harrington
(410) 841-3745, (301) 858-3745

Andrew P. Harris
(410) 841-3706, (301) 858-3706

Michael G. Lenett
(410) 841-3151, (301) 858-3151

Paul G. Pinsky
(410) 841-3155, (301) 858-3155

Edward R. Reilly
(410) 841-3568, (301) 858-3568

James C. Rosapepe
(410) 841-3141, (301) 858-3141

BACKGROUND

The bill exempts students who graduate from a Maryland high school, an
out-of-state high school, or get a GED--but not students who complete
their secondary education in a homeschool setting!

Studies show that homeschool students perform better on academic
tests. Why should the students who perform best not be exempted upon
graduation?

Worse, there is a possibility that a law treating homeschool graduates
as if they weren't "really" graduates could spur a new wave of
discrimination against our young people who are applying for college
or jobs.

You may be told homeschoolers are exempt from the increased compulsory
Age increase. Not so. The bill says, in effect, that homeschool
students are exempted from the higher compulsory age if they keep on
complying with the homeschool law. This is meaningless. If one can
only be exempted from a law by complying with it, it is no exemption
at all.

Raising the compulsory school attendance age will not reduce the
dropout rate. Some states with the lowest completion rates compel
attendance to age 18.

For more information on compulsory school attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3623 .

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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As a member of HSLDA, you have 80,000 families standing with you
to protect and advance homeschool freedoms in the United States
and foreign countries.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1106

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