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3/11/2010 5:22:49 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
West Virginia: Your Calls Made a Difference--But More Action is Needed!

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March 11, 2010

West Virginia--Your Calls Made a Difference - But More Action is
Needed!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Senate Finance Committee responded to your calls and amended HB
4593 to keep the compulsory attendance age at 16. However, your calls
are still needed to make sure the House accepts the Senate amendment.
The Senate is set to pass the amended version of the bill and send it
back to the House. The House must then either pass the Senate version
or call for a conference committee.

Please take action, as requested below, to defend freedom.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact the Speaker of the House, the majority leader, and your
legislator and ask them to accept the Senate amendment to HB 4593.

You can give the following message in your own words:

"Please accept the Senate amendment to HB 4593 and 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.
Please accept the Senate amendment."

Contact information is below:

Richard Thompson - Speaker of the House of Delegates
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3210
Business Phone: (304) 522-8699
Speaker.Thompson@verizon.net

Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3220
Business Phone: (304) 364-8411
E-mail: brent.boggs@wvhouse.gov

To find your own legislator visit: http://hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2

BACKGROUND

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" (
http://hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=7609 )

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/docs/nche/Issues/E/Early_Education.asp

HSLDA continues to work closely with CHEWV to defend your freedom!

Standing with you,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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