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5/25/2010 3:58:31 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon-- Lowering Compulsory Attendance Age Senate Committee Topic May 26

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Oregon-- Lowering Compulsory Attendance
Age Senate Committee Topic on May 26

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

On Wednesday, May 26 at 11:15 a.m., the Oregon Senate Interim
Committee on Education and General Government will host a "Discussion
of the Minimum K-12 Attendance Age in Oregon." The only organizations
invited to participate in the discussion are public school officials.
No live testimony from the general public will be allowed. This issue
has come up in the past, but was defeated on the House floor.

At this time, no action is needed. However, we invite you to watch the
proceedings on Wednesday. You may go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8366 and then select "2010 Oregon
Legislative Interim Committee Dates" at the top of the page. Selected
the correct date, and then click on "Senate Education & General
Government."

Below is a message that was sent from Mr. Rodger Williams of The
Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network to members of the
Senate and will be presented tomorrow at the meeting.

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May 25, 2010

Senate Interim Committee on Education and General Government

Dear Senators:

Today you are discussing lowering the compulsory attendance
requirement from age 7 on September 1 to age 6 or maybe lower. I would
ask you to please consider the effect this change would have on those
children who are not ready for school at age 6.

Parents of the vast majority of Oregon's 6-year-olds consider their
children ready for the structured environment of the public school. So
those children are enrolled in first grade.

But there are other parents who know their children are not ready at
age 6 to enter school. These children may be socially, cognitively or
even physically too immature. They would face expectations for
performance beyond their capabilities and the stark probability of
failure in first grade.

Beyond that these 6-year-olds would face the prospect of continued
trouble in later grades and the eventual loss of confidence in their
abilities -- all because they started school too young.

The current law allows those who are ready for school at 6 to enter,
and allows those who are not to gain another year of maturity.
Changing the law would force parents of vulnerable children to put
them into an impossible, no-win first grade situation. Let the parents
decide based on their own knowledge of their children's strengths and
weakness.

We support keeping the compulsory attendance age at 7.

Respectfully,

Rodger Williams
OCEANetwork Legislative Coordinator

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Thank you for your stand for home education freedom in Oregon.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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