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3/1/2012 12:19:39 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:

SB 3259 (would make compulsory school attendance start a year earlier
and end a year later) was approved in committee and will go the Senate
floor soon.

Your calls are urgently needed to kill this bill in the Senate. It
could be voted on as early as Tuesday.

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.

REQUESTED ACTION

1. Please call your Illinois state senator. Use our Legislative
Toolbox http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13835 and type in your ZIP
code to find the name of your state senator.

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. Parents, not state officials, should decide
what educational path is best for 6-year-olds."

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

2. Please pass this on to others!

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.

Some 6-year-olds are not ready for anything like formal education.
Pushing them too early can have long-term negative consequences.
Parents know what's best for their own, unique 6-year-old.

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

Sincerely,

Scott A Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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