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4/27/2011 3:40:17 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Alabama: Calls Needed to Oppose Compulsory Attendance Age Bill

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Alabama: Calls Needed to Oppose Compulsory Attendance Age Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls are needed to stop a bill that would expand state control
over education in Alabama. Current law requires school attendance
beginning at age 7. House Bill 6 would lower this to age 6. This would
add another year of homeschooling for every child, regardless of the
child's level of maturity or readiness to begin formal instruction at
age 6.

Unfortunately, House Bill 6 passed the Alabama House of
Representatives on April 19. It is now in the Senate where it is being
considered by the Senate Education Committee. This bill has a lot of
momentum behind it at this time, but hundreds of calls to the members
of the Senate Education Committee can stop it before it goes any
further.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please call and/or email members of the Senate Education Committee
with this message or something similar in your own words:

"Please vote against House Bill 6 which would lower Alabama's
compulsory school attendance age from 7 to 6. Parents, not state
officials, are best able to determine when their child is ready for
formal education."

When contacting a member of the committee, do not identify yourself as
a homeschooler. This issue is broader than homeschooling. This is a
parental rights issue affecting all Alabama families with children.

The names and contact information for members of the Senate Education
Committee are as follows:

Dick Brewbaker, Chairperson (334) 242-7895
dick.brewbaker@alsenate.gov
Quinton Ross, Jr.,Vice Chairperson (334) 242-7880
quinton.ross@alsenate.gov
Gerald Allen (334) 242-7889 gerald.allen@alsenate.gov
Slade Blackwell (334) 242-7851 sb@sladeblackwell.com
Bill Holtzclaw (334) 242-7854 bill.holtzclaw@alsenate.gov
Trip Pittman (334) 242-7897 trip.pittman@alsenate.gov
Henry "Hank" Sanders (334) 242-7860

2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact members of the Senate
Education Committee.

BACKGROUND:

Many education experts have concluded that beginning a child's formal
education too early may actually result in burnout and poor scholastic
performance later.

Lowering the compulsory attendance age erodes the authority of parents
who are in the best position to determine when their child's formal
education should begin. This bill would restrict parents' freedom to
decide if their children are ready for school.

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.

To view the text of this bill, please go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11026

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11027

Please call or email today!


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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