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1/19/2012 4:54:22 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Freedom Alert: Take Action to Defeat Government Overreach!

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Freedom Alert: Take Action to Defeat Government Overreach!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

According to the Casper Star Tribune, Matt Teeters and Hank Coe,
co-chairmen of the Joint Education Committee, plan to introduce
legislation that could increase the compulsory school attendance age
for all Wyoming children, including homeschool students, from 16 to
18.

As we understand their intent, the bill would take away driving
privileges from any student who has not reached the age of 18,
graduated high school, or complied with the compulsory school
attendance law. Although Rep. Teeters has said he would like to exempt
homeschoolers, treating homeschoolers differently is not only
difficult--it's difficult to justify as a matter of fairness.
Homeschoolers don't want special treatment--they want equal treatment
under the law. Even if it were possible to exempt homeschoolers,
parents, not the government, should decide when a student should leave
school and receive driving privileges after age 16, don't you agree?

For more details on this, see the WyWatch action e-lert here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13435

View the Casper Star Tribune article here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13436

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact Matt Teeters and Hank Coe to oppose introduction of
this legislation. Their contact information is below:

Co-Chairman Hank Coe (primary sponsor)
307-527- 6201
hcoe@wyoming.com

Co- Chairman Matt Teeters (co-sponsor)
307-837-2359
mteeters@wyoming.com

Please feel free to give them the following message in your own words:

"Please do not introduce legislation to increase the compulsory school
age or remove driving privileges from 16-year-olds based on their
education status. Parents should make decisions about when students
leave school or have a driver's license after age 16-- not the
government."

Because this bill applies to all students, it is not necessary to
identify yourself as a homeschooler.

HSLDA has the privilege of working with WyWatch and HOW. We are
tracking this bill closely and will keep you informed.

BACKGROUND:

1. Statistics have shown that raising the compulsory attendance age
will not reduce the dropout rate. In fact, three out of the top five
states with the highest high school completion rates, Iowa (86.6%),
Vermont (86.5%), and North Dakota (86.3%), compel attendance only to
age 16. The state with the lowest completion rate (Nevada: 55.8%)
compels attendance to age 18. Further, the average dropout rate for
states with compulsory attendance age of 16 is 23.4% while the rate
for states with compulsory attendance age of 18 is 23.9%. (Figures are
based on average freshman graduation rates: 2004-05 school year). View
complete results here. http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13437

2. Older children unwilling to learn can cause classroom disruptions
and even violence, making learning harder for their classmates who
truly want to learn.

3. Passing this bill would restrict parents' freedom to decide if
their 16-year-old is ready for college or the workforce. (Some
16-year-olds benefit more from valuable work experience than from
being forced to sit in a classroom).

4. Another significant impact of expanding the compulsory attendance
age is an inevitable tax burden to pay for more classroom space and
teachers to accommodate the additional students compelled to attend
public schools. When California raised the age 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.

5. A study by Cornell University found that there was no correlation
between passing a law to raise the age of compulsory attendance and
high school completion rates. The study shows that specific programs
targeting at-risk youth can help improve completion rates, but a law
raising the age of attendance does not. To view the report click here.
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13438

For more information, please see our Issues Library page on compulsory
attendance age legislation. http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13439

We greatly value you and your support--it is a privilege to serve you!
If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you
consider taking a moment today to join or recommend us and support our
work defending individual families threatened by government officials
and protecting homeschooling freedom for all? Join now:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13440

Standing with you to defend your freedom!

Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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-> How long are you in for?

Some families are facing what seems like a lifelong commitment to
homeschooling, with children at both ends of the spectrum -- some
graduating and some just reaching school age. If you're going to
be "in" for a while, consider a lifetime membership with HSLDA.
It's a good deal for families with more than 10 years of
homeschooling ahead.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1936

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