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6/1/2012 1:58:32 PM
Mike Donnelly--HSLDA
Massachusetts Legislative Update!

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Massachusetts Legislative Update!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

HSLDA is always working to protect and advance homeschool freedom in
Massachusetts by scanning legislation and tracking homeschool-related
bills during this 2011-2012 legislative session. There are a number of
bills that would impact homeschoolers. Below is an update on these
bills.

> HB 1081 would require the Department of Elementary and Secondary
Education to set a uniform calendar date each year for the purpose of
determining the mandatory minimum age of compulsory school attendance.
The bill was referred to the Joint Committee on Education on January
24, 2011. There has been no reported action since the hearing on May
31, 2011.

> HB 1743 would require a student's application for a driver's license
to be signed by the parent and accompanied by certification from his
or her school district that he or she has graduated or, among other
options, "enrolled in a home education program that satisfies the
requirements of all state laws governing such courses." The bill was
referred to the Joint Committee on Transportation on January 24, 2011.
There has been no reported action since the hearing on March 12, 2012.


> HB 1964 would increase the maximum age of compulsory school
attendance from 16 to 18, thereby inflicting two more years of
government regulation on homeschooling families. The bill was referred
to the Joint Committee on Education on January 24, 2011. There has
been no reported action since the hearing on September 8, 2011.

> Senate Bill 2173 would increase the maximum age of compulsory school
attendance from 16 to 18. The Joint Committee on Education, where the
bill originated, reported favorably on the bill and referred it to the
Senate Committee on Ways and Means on March 12, 2012. There has been
no action since that time. Thank you to those who made calls in
opposition to this bill! Please stay tuned for future action e-lerts.

> HB 3846 would increase the age of compulsory school attendance in
the city of Boston from 16 to 18. This expansion of government control
was requested by members of the Boston City Council, which approved
the proposal. The bill was referred to the Education Committee on
December 15, 2011, and the Committee held a hearing on April 10, 2012.
The committee reporting deadline has been extended to June 29, 2012.

> HB 3674 would allow the city of Lawrence to expand the maximum age
of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18. There has been no
reported action on this bill since the hearing on September 27,
2011.The committee reporting deadline has been extended to June 29,
2012.

> HB 4031 would require children to "attend an approved kindergarten
program in a public or private setting or in a community-based program
licensed by the department of early education and care." This bill was
referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means on April 11, 2012.

Please stay tuned for action e-lerts as we continue to monitor the
status of these bills. You can always check out our website for
additional information at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=14864

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?
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=14864

Very truly yours,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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