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2/21/2012 3:57:25 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois: Call Today to Stop Compulsory School Age Expansion

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Illinois: Call Today to Stop Compulsory School Age Expansion

Dear Illinois HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls are needed immediately to stop a bill that would raise the
ending age for compulsory school attendance from the 17th to the 18th
birthday.

SB 3259 would take away your freedom to decide whether school or some
other path is best for your 17-year-old to follow. And it would result
in higher taxes as unwilling older students are forced to stay in
schools. Parents, not government officials, should decide what path
is best for a 17-year-old.

The hearing is scheduled for Friday morning. Please call before then!

REQUESTED ACTION

Please call Senator James Meeks, committee chair. Also, call your own
senator if he or she is on the committee. Use our Legislative Toolbox
and type in your ZIP code to find the name of your senator:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13835

Your message can be as simple as:

"Please vote no on SB 3259. 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."

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

CONTACT INFORMATION

James T. Meeks, chair
(217) 782-8066


Kimberly A. Lightford, vice chair
(217) 782-8505


Annazette R. Collins
(217) 782-6252


Susan Garrett
(217) 782-3650


Iris Y. Martinez
(217) 782-8191


John G. Mulroe
(217) 782-1035


David S. Luechtefeld, minority spokesperson
(217) 782-8137


Christine J. Johnson
(217) 782-1977


Kyle McCarter
(217) 782-5755


Suzi Schmidt
(217) 782-7353

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. A majority of states have an ending
age of 16 or 17.

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.

Thank you for your calls on behalf of freedom in Illinois!

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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