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1/18/2011 3:59:49 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Montana--Compulsory Attendance Age Bill Defeated

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Montana--Compulsory Attendance Age Bill Defeated

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Good news! Yesterday the Senate Education Committee voted 5-5 in an
effort to pass Senate Bill 44 out of committee. This tie vote
essentially killed the bill. There is a procedure by which the full
Senate could force it to the Senate floor, but this is highly
unlikely.

Senate Bill 44 would have increased the compulsory school attendance
age in Montana from 16 to 18, graduation from high school, or receipt
of a GED as the time when a student was permitted to leave school.
Parents would have been locked into another two years of homeschooling
at a time when the child may have wished to pursue other educational
options or begin a vocation.

Many thanks to Steve White of the Montana Coalition of Home Educators
and others who testified against this bill and contacted members of
the Senate Education Committee. This legislative victory is due
directly to the efforts of homeschoolers who expressed their
opposition to this unwarranted attempt to expand state control over
education.

To view the text of this bill, please go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10028

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10029


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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