From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


6/20/2011 12:22:01 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 Rhode Island HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls are needed by Wednesday to stop a bill that would take away
the right of parents to decide whether their 16- or 17-year-old should
continue with formal education or follow another path.

Right now, compulsory attendance ends in Rhode Island at the student's
16th birthday, and parents can decide what comes next in the young
person's life. House Bill 5061 extends compulsory attendance two
additional years, up to the 18th birthday.

This would take away your freedom to decide whether your child should
continue schooling or follow a different path. Parents--not the
government--should make this decision.

The bill would also lead inevitably to increased taxes as unwilling
young adults are forced to stay in classrooms.


1. Please call your representative right away. 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. 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.

3. Forward this email on to all of your friends, and ask them to
contact their representative to oppose the bill as well.


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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