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2/6/2012 3:17:57 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Georgia: Calls Needed to Stop Expansion of State Control over Education

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Georgia -- Calls Needed to Stop
Expansion of State Control over Education

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls and emails are needed to stop Senate Bill 49, which would
raise the compulsory school attendance age in Georgia from 16 to
16-and-a-half. This bill has already passed the Senate Education
Committee and is now being considered by the full Senate. A vote on
this bill is expected at any time.

If this bill passes, parents will be required to comply with the
compulsory attendance law for an additional six months. This means
that parents will be locked into another one-half year of home
instruction at a time when the child may wish to pursue other
educational options or begin a vocation. As freedom-loving
homeschoolers, we oppose any effort to expand the state's control over
education in any form.

This bill is moving quickly through the Georgia Assembly. Your
senators need to hear from you today!

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please call and/or email your state senator with this message:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 49, which would increase Georgia's
compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 16-and-a-half. This bill
restricts the right of parents to choose when a child may pursue other
educational or work options. This bill will also waste taxpayer
dollars, because requiring the attendance of students who are
unwilling to remain in school beyond age 16 will have a disruptive
effect on other students' learning."

When contacting your state senator, there is no need to identify
yourself as a homeschooler. This issue is broader than just
homeschooling.

You can find the name and telephone number of your state senator by
going to the Georgia Legislature's website at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13635
2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact their senator.

BACKGROUND:

Raising the compulsory school attendance age will not reduce the
dropout rate. In fact, the two states with the highest high school
completion rates, Maryland at 94.5% and North Dakota at 94.7%, compel
attendance only to age 16. The state with the lowest completion rate
(Oregon: 75.4%) compels attendance to age 18. (Figures are three-year
averages, 1996 through 1998.)

Twenty-nine states only require attendance to age 16. Older children
unwilling to learn can cause classroom disruptions and even violence,
making learning harder for their classmates who truly want to learn.

It would restrict parents' freedom to decide if their 16-year-old is
ready for college or the work force. Some 16-year-olds who are not
academically inclined will benefit more from valuable work experience
than from being forced to sit in a classroom.

Georgia homeschool law requires parents to submit monthly attendance
records to the local public school superintendent. Many school
districts are unreasonable in their dealings with homeschooling
families who are just a few days late in submitting the records,
reporting them to social services or threatening truancy charges.
Prolonging the attendance reporting for an additional year will only
increase the likelihood of more legal problems for homeschoolers.

To view the text of this bill, please go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13636
For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13637

Please call or email today!


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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