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3/10/2010 6:03:31 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
West Virginia: Call IMMEDIATELY to Stop Compulsory Attendance Age Increase!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
March 9, 2010

West Virginia--Calls Needed IMMEDIATELY to Prevent Compulsory
Attendance Age Increase!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Senate Finance Committee is poised to pass HB 4593, which would
increase the age of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 17,
imposing an additional year of government control over your
homeschool. While the bill would create a number of programs intended
to help students who might otherwise drop out of school, there is no
reason to increase the compulsory school attendance age. Increasing
the age of compulsory school attendance is a bad idea and the Finance
Committee needs to hear from you.

HSLDA has provided draft language for the committee to consider that
would exempt home educators from this increase. However, because this
legislation would affect all students, you need not identify yourself
as a homeschooler.


Please call and email members of the Senate Finance Committee tomorrow
before 3:00 PM and ask them to leave the compulsory attendance age
alone. Use the following message in your own words:

"Please keep the compulsory school age at 16. 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 parent's
ability to make the decision that is best for each child based on
their individual circumstances. I am aware that HB 4593 provides for
other programs that may be helpful. However as a West Virginia
taxpayer I oppose increasing the age of compulsory school attendance.
Please amend HB 4593 or oppose it."

If your last name begins with A-I please contact your senator and 1-6;
if your names begins with J-Q contact your senator and 7-12; if your
name begins with R-Z Contact your Senator and numbers 13-17.

1. Walt Helmick (D - Pocahontas)
(304) 357-7980

2. Brooks McCabe (D - Kanawha)
(304) 357-7990

3. Edwin Bowman
(304) 357-7918

4. H. Truman Chafin
304) 357-7808

5. Larry J. Edgell
(304) 357-7827

6. Douglas E. Facemire
(304) 357-7845

7. John Pat Fanning
(304) 357-7867

8. Mike Green
(304) 357-7831

9. Robert H. Plymale
(304) 357-7937

10. Roman Prezioso
(304) 357-7961

11. John Unger II
(304) 357-7933

12. Erik Wells
(304) 357-7841

13. Randy White
(304) 357-7906

14. Donna J. Boley
(304) 357-7905

15. Karen L. Facemyer
(304) 357-7855

16. Jesse O. Guills
(304) 357-7959

17. Dave Sypolt
(304) 357-7914


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 result. 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" ( ).

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 continues to work closely with CHEWV to oppose this legislation.

We are standing with you to defend your freedom!

Standing with you,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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