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3/25/2010 3:02:11 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Kentucky--Please Continue to Call Now on Bill that Raises Compulsory School Age!

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

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

House Bill 301 passed out of the Senate Education Committee but was
amended. Among other things, the bill would now raise the compulsory
school attendance age in Kentucky from 16 to 17 in 2015, and then
raise it again from 17 to 18 in 2016.

While most of 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. According to the fiscal note statement that was written up for
the House on March 1, raising the compulsory attendance age will cost
the state over $13 million a year.

House Bill 301 has been sent to the Senate Rules Committee. At this
time there is no known hearing for the bill. However, we would like
you to contact as many committee members as you can, and urge them to
oppose House Bill 301. If your state senator is not on the Rules
Committee, we encourage you to contact him or her as well. 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 Rules 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 Rules Committee

Sen. David L. Williams (R) [Chair]
Phone: (502) 564-3120
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S016.htm

Sen. Robert Stivers (R) [Vice Chair]
Phone: (502) 564-2450
Email: Robert.Stivers@lrc.ky.gov

Sen. Carroll Gibson (R)
Phone: (502) 564-2450
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S005.htm

Sen. Jerry P. Rhoads (D)
Phone: (502) 564-2470
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S006.htm

Sen. Dan "Malano" Seum (R)
Phone: (502) 564-2450
Email: Dan.Seum@lrc.ky.gov

Sen. Katie Kratz Stine (R)
Phone: (502) 564-3120
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S024.htm

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

Sen. Ed Worley (D)
Phone: (502) 564-2470
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S034.htm

2) Please call and/or email your state senator and give him or her
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."

Again, you do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler but
instead can call as a concerned taxpayer and parent.

To find the name and contact information for your state
representative, use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7941 . You can find email addresses
for nearly all of the senators here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7942 .

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.

According the House fiscal note statement the estimated cost of
raising the compulsory attendance age would be $13 million annually.
However, this estimate does not include the cost of additional
services for these students, additional personnel that will be needed,
the matching cost for retirement of these personnel. There are several
other indeterminable costs associated with this bill if it were to be
passed.

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, 2015 and
then from 17 to 18 on 2016.

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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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