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6/24/2011 3:52:06 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Rhode Island: Calls Needed to Stop Compulsory School Age Increase

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Rhode Island: Calls Needed to Stop Compulsory School Age Increase

Dear Rhode Island HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Rhode Island House of Representatives just voted 44-23 in favor of
passage of HB 5061. The bill--which would raise the compulsory school
attendance age from 16 to 18--now goes to the senate.

The session is nearing its end, so things could happen very quickly.
We cannot limit our action to the Senate Education Committee alone,
where the bill was referred. We need to let the entire senate know
this bill must be stopped!


1. Please call your senator right away. Use our Legislative Toolbox at to find out who your senator
is. Even senators who 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, which would raise the age of compulsory
school attendance from 16 to 18. Parents, not state officials, know
whether their 16-year-old young adult should pursue formal education
or some other preparation for life responsibilities. The cost of
forcing unwilling young adults into a formal school setting should not
be added to our tax 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 senator 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.

The Rhode Island Guild of Home Teachers and HSLDA are united in
opposing this attack on freedom.

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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