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3/10/2011 4:29:11 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wisconsin--"Intermittent Attendance," Daytime Curfew Ordinance Threats

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Wisconsin--"Intermittent Attendance," Daytime Curfew Ordinance Threats

Dear Wisconsin Members and Friends:

Efforts to impose daytime curfews, as well as efforts to create a new
crime called "intermittent attendance" are popping up in towns across
the state.

"Intermittent attendance" is not defined. It is probably intended to
refer to homeschool families who try out various lawful educational
settings for their children before settling on homeschooling. If
intermittent attendance is a crime, a parent's flexibility in changing
his child's educational setting could be jeopardized.

Daytime curfews make it a crime for young people to move about
normally during the daytime. Even with exceptions, they create an
atmosphere of fear that inhibits young people from exercising
fundamental freedoms. Sometimes a daytime curfew is referred to as
"prohibited daytime loitering by minors."

ACTION REQUESTED

Keep a close eye on your municipal government. Read agendas for coming
meetings. Stay in touch with any municipal officials you know.

If you learn of any effort to impose a daytime curfew or criminalize
"intermittent attendance," let us know promptly. HSLDA opposes
daytime curfews and efforts to take away the freedom of parents to
choose from among lawful educational options.

SUN RIVER

Sun River recently adopted a daytime curfew without the knowledge of
the homeschool community. It is section 9.24.090 of the municipal
code. Contact us if you live in Sun River and would like to work with
others to repeal it.

MIDDLETON

Middleton also recently adopted a daytime curfew without the knowledge
of the homeschool community. It is ordinance 16.04(2)(b). If you live
in Middleton and would like to participate in an effort to repeal it,
please contact us.

STOUGHTON

The Stoughton City Council recently proposed an ordinance
criminalizing "intermittent attendance carried on for the purpose of
defeating the intent" of the compulsory attendance laws. The absence
of definitions and vagueness of this language would allow judges to
interpret it just as they please.

It is not the vagueness, only, but the concept itself that is
objectionable. State law allows families several ways to satisfy
compulsory attendance requirements. But the liberty to pick from
among lawful options must remain with the parents. When parents want
to try out various options, it may occasionally inconvenience school
administrators. But this is a small price to pay for respecting
fundamental parental rights.

The same proposed ordinance would also create a daytime curfew. When
the homeschool community became aware of the proposed ordinance, the
council referred the ordinance to the Public Safety Committee for its
March 23 meeting. Alderman Steve Tone is following up on this.

If you have a relationship with anyone on the Stoughton City Council
(other than Steve Tone) or the Public Safety Committee, please
consider contacting them and asking them to oppose both the
criminalizing of "intermittent attendance" and the daytime curfew
proposal.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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