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2/7/2011 2:31:50 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa--Calls Needed to Oppose Compulsory School Attendance Expansion

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Iowa--Calls Needed to Oppose Compulsory School Attendance Expansion

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls are needed immediately to stop a bill that would subject
families to two more years of government regulation of their
education.

House File 116 would extend the age at which compulsory school
attendance stops from 16 to 18. Parents alone know whether it's best
for their 16-year-olds to stay in a formal education setting or follow
some other path. The government cannot know the needs of individual
students. One size does not fit all when it comes to school
attendance.

Please call before Wednesday, February 9, when a hearing is scheduled
in a House Education subcommittee.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please call and email members of the committee to express your
opposition.

1. Contact your own representative, if he or she is on the committee
(see list below). Use our Legislative Toolbox to see who your
representative is at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox

2. Whether or not your representative is on the committee, call the
other committee members.

You can use the background information below to develop your own
thoughts, or your message can be as simple as:

"Please oppose House File 116. This multimillion dollar proposal will
force unwilling, unmotivated older teens to remain in classrooms where
they will cause disruption. Protect the right of parents to decide
what educational or vocational paths their 16-year-olds should
follow."

It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooling family,
since this bill undermines the rights of all parents.

3. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA, and urge them to contact members of the committee.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Representative Ron Jorgensen
(515) 281-3221 (House switchboard)
Ron.Jorgensen@legis.state.ia.us

Representative Curtis Hanson
(515) 281-3221 (House switchboard)
Curt.Hanson@legis.state.ia.us

Representative Kevin Koester
(515) 281-3221 (House switchboard)
kevin.koester@legis.state.ia.us

BACKGROUND

> Raising the compulsory school attendance age will not reduce the
dropout rate. Some states with the lowest completion rates compel
attendance to age 18.

> More than 20 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.

> Mandating attendance until age 18 would restrict parents' freedom to
decide if their 16-year-old is ready for college or the work force.
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 school.

>The bill gives public schools and accredited private schools--but not
homeschool families--the power to waive compulsory attendance for 16-
and 17-year-olds.

For more information on compulsory school attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3623

The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators and HSLDA are united in
opposing this bill.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely Yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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