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2/11/2011 4:06:13 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Kentucky--Call Now to Oppose Bill that Raises Compulsory School Age

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Kentucky--Urgent-Please Call Now to Oppose
Bill that Raises Compulsory School Age!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The Kentucky House passed House Bill 225 yesterday and has sent it to
the Senate. Among other things, this bill would 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 some parts of House Bill 225 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 February 7, raising the compulsory attendance age will
cost the state over $26 million a year.

While House Bill 225 has been sent to the Senate, it could be attached
to a current Senate bill or be pushed through on its own. At this time
there is no known hearing for the bill, but it could be heard in the
Senate Education Committee as early as Tuesday. Therefore, we would
like you to contact your state senator, the Senate leadership, and as
many committee members as you can to urge them to oppose House Bill
225. You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler but as a
concerned parent and taxpayer.

REQUESTED ACTION:

1) Please call and email your state senator and give him or her this
message in your own words:

"Please oppose House Bill 225 which would raise the compulsory
attendance age in Kentucky. Raising the compulsory attendance age
takes away the right of parents to decide whether their children are
ready for vocational programs, college, or the workforce. If House
Bill 225 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 dropout rate. Raising the compulsory
attendance age in Kentucky will cost too much with little or no
results, wasting taxpayers' money."

To find the name and contact information for your state
representative, use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at
http://capwiz.com/hslda/dbq/officials . You can find email addresses
for nearly all of the senators here:
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/whoswho/email.htm .
You can also call the Toll-Free Legislative Message Line at
1-800-372-7181 to leave a message for your state senator.

2) Please call and email the Senate leadership listed below and give
them this message in your own words:

"Please oppose House Bill 225 which would raise the compulsory
attendance age in Kentucky. Raising the compulsory attendance age
takes away the right of parents to decide whether their children are
ready for vocational programs, college, or the workforce. If House
Bill 225 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 dropout rate. Raising the compulsory
attendance age in Kentucky will cost too much with little or no
results, wasting taxpayers' money."

Use the link below each member's name to send an email to their
office.

Sen. David L. Williams (R)
Senate President
Capitol Phone: (502) 564-3120
Home Phone: (270) 433-7777
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S016.htm

Sen. Katie Kratz Stine (R)
President Pro Tempore
Capitol Phone: (502) 564-3120
Home Phone: (859) 781-5311
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S024.htm

Sen. Robert Stivers (R)
Majority Floor Leader
Capitol Phone: (502) 564-2450
Home Phone: (606) 598-8575
Email: Robert.Stivers@lrc.ky.gov

Sen. R.J. Palmer (D)
Minority Floor Leader
Capitol Phone: (502) 564-2470
Home Phone: (859) 737-2945
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S028.htm

Sen. Dan Seum (R)
Majority Caucus Chairman
Capitol Phone: (502) 564-2450
Home Phone: (502) 749-2859
Email: Dan.Seum@lrc.ky.gov

Sen. Johnny Ray Turner (D)
Minority Caucus Chairman
Capitol Phone: (502) 564-6136
Home Phone: (606) 889-6568
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S029.htm

Sen. Carroll Gibson (R)
Majority Whip
Capitol Phone: (502) 564-2450
Home Phone: (270) 230-5866
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S005.htm

Sen. Jerry Rhoads (D)
Minority Whip
Capitol Phone: (502) 564-2470
Home Phone: (270) 825-2949
Email: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Mailform/S006.htm

3) Please call and/or email the Senate Education Committee members
listed below and give them this message in your own words:

"Please oppose House Bill 225 which would raise the compulsory
attendance age in Kentucky. Raising the compulsory attendance age
takes away the right of parents to decide whether their children are
ready for vocational programs, college, or the workforce. If House
Bill 225 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 dropout rate. Raising the compulsory
attendance age in Kentucky will cost too much with little or no
results, wasting taxpayers' money."

Use the link below each member's name to send an email to their
office.

Senate Education Committee Members

Sen. Ken Winters (Chair)
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Legislator/S001.htm

Sen. Vernie McGaha (Vice Chair)
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Legislator/S015.htm

Sen. Walter Blevins
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Legislator/S027.htm

Sen. Jared Carpenter
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Legislator/S034.htm

Sen. David Givens
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Legislator/S009.htm

Sen. Denise Harper Angel
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Legislator/S035.htm

Sen. Jimmy Higdon
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Legislator/S014.htm

Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Legislator/S012.htm

Sen. Gerald A. Neal
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Legislator/S033.htm

Sen. Jack Westwood
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Legislator/S023.htm

Sen. Mike Wilson
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Legislator/S032.htm

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 more than $26.5 million
annually, beginning in 2015. 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 .

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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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