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5/17/2011 4:38:48 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Connecticut: Calls Needed to Your State Representative

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Connecticut: Calls Needed to Your State Representative

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

More bad news! Senate Bill 930, legislation that would eliminate a
parent's right to determine whether a 6-year-old must attend school,
passed the full Senate on May 12, 2011. It is now on the House
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 Senate 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 House 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 representative 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 representative, go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11240 .

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
representatives with this same message.

To view the text of Senate Bill 930, please visit
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11241 .

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11242 .

Please contact your state representative today!

Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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