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10/18/2011 2:03:26 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Take Action to Defeat Expansion of State Control Over Homeschoolers in Lawrence!

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Take Action to Defeat Expansion of State
Control Over Homeschoolers in Lawrence!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends in Lawrence:

Representative Marcos Devers has introduced House Bill 3674, which
would give the city of Lawrence, Massachusetts the authority to
increase the maximum age of compulsory school attendance from 16 to
18, thereby inflicting two more years of government regulation on
homeschooling families in Lawrence. Such an example could result in
legislation for other towns, or perhaps the entire state, and
therefore must be opposed.

The Joint Committee on Education is currently considering this bill.

Statistics and studies show that raising the compulsory school
attendance age does not help graduation rates or reduce the number of
dropouts. In fact, several states with the lowest compulsory school
attendance ages have the highest graduation rates. This bill
unnecessarily imposes government regulation on the authority of
parents to make decisions about what is in the best interest of their
children. To learn more you can read the following article: "Raise
the Bar, Not the Age" (http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=12681)

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call the following sponsors of the bill:

Representative Marcos Devers (16th Essex)
Phone: 617-722-2011
Email: Marcos.Devers@mahouse.gov

Representative David Torrisi (14th Essex)
Phone: 617-722-2396
Email: David.Torrisi@mahouse.gov

Senator Barry Finegold (Second Essex and Middlesex)
Phone: 617-722-1612
Email: Barry.Finegold@MASenate.gov

Because this legislation would affect all students in Lawrence, it is
not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler. Feel free to use
some or all of the following message in your own words:

"Please withdraw HB 3674. Increasing the compulsory school attendance
age to 18 will neither increase graduation rates nor decrease dropout
rates. It will, however, raise taxes and unnecessarily subject
families in Lawrence to government control for an additional two
years. Parents should be the ones making decisions about when
children should leave school - not the government. Many children are
ready to leave school at 16 and are able to do just fine by getting a
GED or starting college early. This bill would interfere with
parent's ability to make the decision that is best for each child
based on his individual circumstances. As a Massachusetts taxpayer and
resident of Lawrence, I oppose increasing the age of compulsory school
attendance."

BACKGROUND

Additional reasons to oppose increasing the compulsory school
attendance age:

> Children who are compelled to stay in school against their will
cause classroom disruptions and even violence, making learning harder
for their classmates who truly want to learn.

> This bill restricts parents' ability to decide if their 16-year-old
is ready for college or the workforce. Many 16-year-olds who are not
academically inclined benefit more from valuable work experience than
from being forced to sit in a classroom.

> 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 schools. When California raised the upper age limit of
compulsory attendance, unwilling students were so disruptive that new
schools had to be built just to handle them and their behavior
problems, all at the expense of the taxpayer.

For more information, visit our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=12682

Thank you for standing in defense of freedom!

Standing with you,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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