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3/23/2011 12:25:25 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rhode Island--Please Call Now to Oppose Compulsory School Age Increase

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Rhode Island--Please Call Now to Oppose Compulsory School Age Increase

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

A bill that would place young people under compulsory education for an
additional two years is going to be heard in the House Education and
Welfare Committee today after 4:00 p.m. Compulsory school attendance
in Rhode Island ends at age 16 right now. House Bill 5061 would raise
that age limit to 18.

The committee will probably vote on the bill within a few days. They
need to hear from you that making an additional two years of a young
person's life subject to state mandate is not acceptable.


1. Please call your representative if he or she is a committee member
(see list below). Use our Legislative Toolbox at to find out who your representative is.
Even representatives whom you think already oppose the bill need to
hear from you.

2. If your representative is not on the committee, call the
chairperson, the vice chairperson, and secretary (see below).

3. Your message can be as simple as:

"Please vote NO on HB 5061. Parents, not state officials, know whether
their 16-year-old young adult should pursue formal education or some
other preparation for life responsibilities. The additional cost of
forcing unwilling young adults into a formal school setting should not
be added to the current taxpayer burden."

This bill would undermine the freedom of all parents. It is not
necessary for you to identify yourself as a homeschooler.


Representative Joseph M. McNamara Chairperson
(401) 941-8319

Representative Grace Diaz Vice Chairperson
(401) 467-8413

Representative Samuel A. Azzinaro Secretary
(401) 596-1434

Representative David A. Bennett Member
(401) 648-1171

Representative Maria E. Cimini Member
(401) 421-1404

Representative Arthur J. Corvese Member
(401) 353-8695

Representative Daniel P. Gordon Jr. Member
(401) 252-9882

Representative Arthur Handy Member
(401) 785-8996

Representative James N. McLaughlin Member
(401) 333-4946

Representative Patricia L. Morgan Member
(401) 222-2259

Representative Deborah Ruggiero Member
(401) 423-0444

Representative Patricia A. Serpa Member
(401) 828-5687

Representative Lisa P. Tomasso Member
(401) 965-2719


Not all 16- and 17-year-olds belong in a formal school setting. Some
would be better off in a work training program or apprenticeship,
obtaining valuable work experience. This decision belongs to parents,
not state officials.

Pushing unwilling older students into the classroom will disrupt the
other students who truly want to learn. Since many 17-year-olds have
the size and strength of adults, classrooms could become even more

Raising the compulsory age does not help young people. Some of the
states with the highest graduation rates have the lowest compulsory
attendance cut-off age. Most states have a compulsory attendance
cut-off age of 16 or less.

Taxes would inevitably rise to pay for more classroom space and
teachers. When California raised the upper age limit of compulsory
attendance, taxpayers were forced to pay for the building of new
schools just to handle the older, unwilling students and their
behavior problems.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at

Thank you for your calls on behalf of freedom in Rhode Island.


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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