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1/30/2012 1:58:08 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Jersey: Act Now to Stop Expanding Government Control over Education

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

New Jersey: Act Now to Stop Expanding
Government Control over Education

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls are needed immediately to stop a bill that would raise the
ending age for compulsory school attendance in New Jersey from the
16th to 18th birthday. A1411, introduced by Assemblywoman Bonnie
Watson Coleman, has a hearing scheduled in the Assembly Education
Committee this Thursday, February 2 at 2:00 p.m..

This bill would take away your freedom to decide whether school or
some other path is best for your 16-year-old to follow, and it would
result in higher taxes as unwilling older students are forced to stay
in schools.


1. If you live in the district of one of the committee members listed
below, please call them right away. Use our Legislative Toolbox to find out who your
assemblyman is. Even assembly members who you think already oppose the
bill need to hear from you.

Your message can be as simple as:

"Please vote no on A1411, 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."

Diegnan, Patrick J. - Chair
(908) 757-1677

Watson Coleman, Bonnie - Vice-Chair
(609) 292-0500

Caputo, Ralph R.
(973) 450-0484

Jasey, Mila M.
(973) 762-1886

Jimenez, Angelica M.
(201) 223-4247

Rumana, Scott T.
(973) 237-1362

Singleton, Troy
(856) 461-3997

Wagner, Connie
(201) 576-9199

Wolfe, David W.
(732) 840-9028

2. 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 call
the committee members as well, if they live in their districts.


Although this bill exempts children who have graduated from high
school, this exemption will not apply to homeschoolers.

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 school 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 Issues
Library entry on compulsory attendance:

Thank you for your calls on behalf of freedom in New Jersey.


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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