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3/23/2010 10:28:16 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Kentucky--Please Call Now on Bill that Raises Compulsory School Age!

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Kentucky--Please Call Now on Bill that Raises Compulsory School Age!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

House Bill 301 was introduced earlier this year in the Kentucky
legislature to increase the graduation rate and to address the problem
public schools have with students dropping out. This bill has gone
through several changes, but it passed out of the House earlier this
month.

We need your calls in opposition of this bill, as it would raise the
compulsory school attendance age in Kentucky from 16 to 17 in 2013,
and then raise it again from 17 to 18 in 2014.

While most of the changes in House Bill 301 would not impact
homeschooling families, raising the compulsory school attendance age
would require parents to report to their local school district two
years longer than they are currently required to. This bill will also
impact you as a taxpayer, since more funding will be required to keep
those students in school who don't want to be there.

House Bill 301 is currently in the Senate Education Committee, and
they plan on discussing the bill at their meeting today. Please
contact as many committee members as you can, and urge them to oppose
House Bill 301. You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler
but as a concerned parent and taxpayer.

REQUESTED ACTION:

1) Please call and/or email the Senate Education Committee members
listed below and give them this message in your own words:

"Please oppose raising the compulsory attendance age in House Bill
301. Raising the compulsory attendance age takes away the right of
parents to decide whether their children are ready for college or the
workforce. If House Bill 301 is passed and the compulsory attendance
age is raised, this would force students into the school system who
don't want to be there and will do little to improve the local dropout
rate. This bill will cost too much with little or no results, wasting
taxpayers' money."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler but instead can
call as a concerned taxpayer and parent. Use the link below each
member's name to send an email to their office.

Senate Education Committee

Sen. Ken Winters [Chair]
Phone: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 870
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S001.htm

Sen. Vernie McGaha [Vice Chair]
Phone: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 656
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S015.htm

Sen. Walter Blevins
Phone: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 793
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S027.htm

Sen. David Givens
Phone: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 624
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S009.htm

Sen. Jimmy Higdon
Phone: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 623
Email: Jimmy.Higdon@lrc.ky.gov

Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr
Phone: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 625
Email: Alice.Kerr@lrc.ky.gov

Sen. Gerald A. Neal
Phone: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 718
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S033.htm

Sen. R.J. Palmer
Phone: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 714
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S028.htm

Sen. Tim Shaughnessy
Phone: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 621
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S019.htm

Sen. Elizabeth Tori
Phone: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 645
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S010.htm

Sen. Johnny Ray Turner
Phone: (502) 564-6136
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S029.htm

Sen. Jack Westwood
Phone: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 615
Email: Jack.Westwood@lrc.ky.gov


You can also call the Toll-Free Legislative Message Line at
1-800-372-7181 to leave a message for your state senator.


BACKGROUND:

Raising the compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18 would
subject Kentucky home educators to the demands of the homeschool law
two years longer than now required. (You do not need to share this
reason with your legislators.)

Raising the compulsory attendance age will not reduce the dropout
rate. In fact, the two states with the highest high school completion
rates, Maryland at 94.5% and North Dakota at 94.7%, compel attendance
only to age 16. The state with the lowest completion rate (Oregon:
75.4%) compels attendance to age 18. (Figures are three-year averages,
1996 through 1998.)

Twenty-nine states only require attendance to age 16. Older children
unwilling to learn can cause classroom disruptions and even violence,
making learning harder for their classmates who truly want to learn.

It would restrict parents' freedom to decide if their 16-year-old is
ready for college or the workforce. (Some 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 more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7918 .

House Bill 301 has already passed the House. If passed, the bill would
raise the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 17 on July 1, 2013 and
then from 17 to 18 on 2014.

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you may sign up at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7919 .

Thank you for your calls on behalf of continued freedom in Kentucky.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
Staff Attorney

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