From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/5/2012 2:45:44 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois--Calls Needed Immediately to Stop Compulsory School Age Expansion

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Illinois--Calls Needed Immediately
to Stop Compulsory School Age Expansion

Dear Illinois HSLDA Members and Friends:

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

House Bill 4621 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 Wednesday, March 7 at 8:00 a.m.. Please
call before then!


Please call Representative Linda Chapa LaVia, committee chair. Also,
call your own representative if he or she is on the committee. Use our
Legislative Toolbox and type
in your ZIP code to find the name of your representative.

Your message can be as simple as:

"Please vote no on HB 4621. 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.


Linda Chapa LaVia, Chair
(217) 558-1002

Fred Crespo, Vice Chair
(217) 782-0347

Jerry L. Mitchell, Republican spokesperson
(217) 782-0535

John D. Cavaletto
(217) 782-0066

Marlow H. Colvin
(217) 782-8272

Monique D. Davis
(217) 782-0010

Lisa M. Dugan
(217) 782-5981

Kenneth Dunkin
(217) 782-4535

Roger L. Eddy
(217) 558-1040

Keith Farnham
(217) 782-8020

Esther Golar
(217) 782-5971

Jehan A. Gordon
(217) 782-3186

Camille Y Lilly
(217) 782-6400

Rita Mayfield
(217) 558-1012

Bill Mitchell
(217) 782-8163

Donald L. Moffitt
(217) 782-8032

Thomas Morrison
(217) 782-8026

Sandra M. Pihos
(217) 782-8037

Robert W. Pritchard
(217) 782-0425

David Reis
(217) 782-2087

Pam Roth
(217) 782-5997

Darlene J. Senger
(217) 782-6507

Karen A. Yarbrough
(217) 782-8120


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

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!


Scott A Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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