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2/22/2012 2:39:20 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Take Action Today to Resist Government Intrusion!

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Take Action Today to Resist Government Intrusion!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Your action is needed today to defeat an attempt to increase
government control over your children. LB 996 will increase the
government's intrusion into your family for two more years if it
passes. Exemption C now allows parents to decide whether their
16-year-old children should be exempt from Nebraska's compulsory
attendance law, but LB 996 will remove this exemption and increase
state control over all Nebraska families. Your help is needed to
defeat this expansion of state control.

If passed, all homeschool families will have to comply with the
Department of Education's notice requirements until their students
either graduate or turn 18. Although many families continue to
homeschool students after age 16, parents, not the government, should
determine when children are ready to complete their formal secondary
education and focus on work or college. This is an important freedom
we must preserve! Please take action today to defeat LB 996!

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please contact your senator and Speaker Mike Flood as soon as possible
and ask them to vote no on LB 996. Give the following message in your
own words. You should not mention that you are a homeschooling parent
as this issue affects all parents in Nebraska.

"LB 996 takes away the right of parents to decide when their children
should be subject to compulsory attendance. Parents, not the
government, should decide if their 16-year-olds are ready to go to
work, college, into the military or some other vocation whether they
graduate or not. This bill will result in higher taxes and will turn
classrooms into jail cells. Many children who today do not want to
be in school will be forced to stay, which will inevitably result in
problems for the other children who are there and want to learn. The
current law that allows parents to exempt their children from
compulsory attendance at age 16 works; please vote no on LB 996!"

You can find your senator's contact information here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13839 .

If you do not know who your senator is, you can use the Nebraska
Legislature's "Find Your Senator" tool, here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13840 .

Speaker Mike Flood can be contacted at:
Sen. Mike Flood
District 19
Room No. 2103
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2929
Email: mflood@leg.ne.gov


BACKGROUND:

Contrary to popular belief, raising the compulsory attendance age does
not necessarily result in higher rates of high-school attendance or
improved academic performance.

1. According to an October 2011 study released by the U.S. Department
of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES),
raising the compulsory attendance age will not reduce the dropout rate
In the 2008-2009 school year, the most recent date for which
statistics are available, five of the top six states with the highest
high school completion rates - Vermont (89.6%), Minnesota (87.4%),
North Dakota (87.4%), Iowa (85.7%), and New Jersey (85.3%) - compel
attendance only to age 16. Conversely, the state with the lowest
completion rate - Nevada, at 56.3% - compels attendance to age 18. In
fact, of the five states with the lowest graduation rates in the
country, all five compel attendance to either age 17 - Mississippi
(62.0%) and South Carolina (66.0%) - or age 18 - Nevada (56.3%), New
Mexico (64.8%), and Louisiana (67.3%). Complete state-by-state
results are available on page 25 of NCES's October 2011 report:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13841 .

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 (for example,
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 its compulsory attendance age
to 18, for example, 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 on raising the age of compulsory
attendance 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 link:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13842. (This resource and several
above require Adobe Acrobat Reader:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13845 .)


For more information, please see our Issues Library page on compulsory
attendance age legislation : http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13843 .

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=13844

Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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