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2/21/2012 2:31:58 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maine: Call Today to Stop Compulsory School Age Expansion

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Maine: Call Today to Stop Compulsory School Age Expansion

Dear Maine HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls are needed immediately to stop a bill that would lower the
starting age for compulsory school attendance in Maine from 7 to 6 and
raise the ending age from the 17th to 18th birthday.

LD 1503 would take away your freedom to decide whether school or some
other path is best for your 17-year-old to follow. It would take away
your freedom to decide if your 6-year-old is ready for mandatory
education. And it would result in higher taxes as unprepared
6-year-olds and unwilling older students are forced to stay in
schools.

REQUESTED ACTION

Call both your representative and your senator as soon as possible and
ask them to oppose the bill.

Your message can be as simple as:

"Please vote no on LD 1503. Parents, not state officials, know whether
their 17-year-old should pursue formal education or some other
preparation for life responsibilities. The extra cost of forcing
unwilling young adults into a formal school setting should not be
added to our tax burden. Parents know best whether a 6-year-old is
ready for school."

Use our Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13833
and type in your ZIP code to determine who your senators and
representatives are.

This bill would undermine the freedom of all parents. It is not
necessary for you to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

Background

Not all 17-year-olds belong in a formal school setting. Some would be
better off in a work training program, apprenticeship, obtaining
valuable work experience, etc. 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 older students have
the size and strength of adults, classrooms could become even more
violent.

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, and why many
6-year-olds are better off waiting a year before school, please see
our Issues Library entry at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13834
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Thank you for your calls on behalf of freedom in Maine!

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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