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3/24/2011 12:03:56 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Connecticut--Calls Needed to Your State Senator

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Connecticut--Calls Needed to Your State Senator

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Bad news! Senate Bill 930, legislation that would eliminate a parent's
right to determine whether a 6-year-old must attend school, was
approved by the Joint Education Committee on March 17, 2011. It is now
on the Senate calendar for a vote any day now. Your calls are needed
today to stop this unwarranted infringement on the right of parents to
direct the education of their children.

As originally introduced, Senate Bill 930 would have eliminated
completely the option that parents now have not to send a 6-year-old
to school. The amended version of this bill passed by the Joint
Education Committee would permit a parent to keep a 6-year-old out of
school only if (1) a physician certified that the child should not
attend school until age 7 or (2) the child had been identified as
having a developmental delay. Even with these exceptions, the parent
would not be permitted to exercise his or her independent judgment as
to when a child should begin formal instruction.

This bill has a lot of momentum and is moving quickly through the
legislature, mostly because there has been hardly any opposition to
it. But hundreds of telephone calls and emails can turn this bill
around. Members of the Senate need to know that Connecticut families
do not want the state to exercise more control over their children's
education.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please call or email your state senator with this message or
something similar in your own words:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 930, which would eliminate the right
of parents to exercise independent judgment as to whether to send a
6-year-old to school. Current law permits parents to wait until the
child is 7. Parents, not others, are in the best position to determine
when their child is ready for formal education."

Please do not identify yourself as a homeschooling family, since this
issue is broader than just homeschooling. It affects all families in
Connecticut with young children.

To contact your state senator, go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10689 .

2. Please forward this email to every homeschooling family you know
who is not a member of HSLDA and urge them to contact their state
senators with this same message.

To view the text of Senate Bill 930, please visit
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10690 .

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10691 .

Please contact your state senator today!

Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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-> Who are the nation's best lobbyists?

We don't know that this has ever been determined; but we do know
that HSLDA's Federal Relations Department is the only
national organization lobbying on behalf of homeschoolers on
Capitol Hill.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1102

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