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5/3/2010 3:56:25 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Carolina--Calls Needed: Driver's License Bill Threatens Families

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South Carolina--Calls Needed: Driver's License Bill Threatens Families

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls are needed today to stop a bad bill in the South Carolina
General Assembly which would prohibit issuance of a driver's license
to anyone under age 18 unless the person was enrolled in school, had
completed high school, or had obtained a GED. Last Thursday, the
House of Representatives completed the second reading of House Bill
3645 and voted 67 to 29 in favor of the bill. The House is expected
to give final consideration of the bill tomorrow.

House Bill 3645 would require school districts and homeschool
associations to maintain daily attendance records for homeschool
students (obviously from information first provided by the parent) and
notify the Department of Motor Vehicles if a child over age 15 but
under age 18 had seven or more unlawful absences, had been expelled,
or had dropped out of school. The Department of Motor Vehicles would
then suspend the child's driver's license.

This bill is basically a back-door approach to increasing South
Carolina's compulsory attendance age from 17 to 18. It would
effectively require families conducting home instruction for their
children to comply with the law for an additional year unless one of
the exceptions mentioned above applied.

Also disturbing is that this bill would put homeschool associations in
the business of daily monitoring of student attendance--a tremendous
administrative burden that the current law does not require. Except
in unusual circumstances, it is also highly unlikely that parents are
going to provide information to a homeschool association that will
result in the revocation of their children's driver's license.

State legislators need to know that you object to this unreasonable
expansion of state control over education and driving privileges. Let
your voice be heard today!

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please contact your state representative with this message in your
own words:

"Please vote against House Bills 3645. This bill would essentially
raise the compulsory attendance age in South Carolina from 17 to 18.
It would prohibit a child under age 18 from getting a driver's license
unless the child was enrolled in school, had completed school, or had
obtained a GED. Requiring students over age 17 to involuntarily
remain in school will have a disruptive and expensive effect on
education. Families in South Carolina should continue to have the
right to choose other options for children who have reached age 17."

You can find the name and telephone number of your state
representative by going to the South Carolina Legislature's website at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8211 .

2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact their state representatives
with this same message.

To review the text of House Bill 3645, go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8212 .

Please call your state representative before you close this email.


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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