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10/9/2012 1:20:58 PM
Mike Smith HSLDA--Roy Hanson FPM
California: Victory! 5-Year-Old Compulsory Education Defeated

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California: Victory! 5-Year-Old Compulsory Education Defeated

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JOINT LEGISLATIVE VICTORY NEWSFLASH - October 9, 2012
From: Mike Smith--HSLDA and Roy Hanson--Family Protection Ministries
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Bill: AB 2203 (Perez) as amended 4/24/12 - 5-Year-Old Compulsory
Education

DEFEATED - A Tremendous Victory for Children and their Parents!!

We strongly opposed.

Thanks for your important prayers and phone calls!

Status: AB 2203 died in the California State Assembly.

Summary of Concern:

AB 2203 would have been detrimental to the right of parents to protect
their children by coercively lowering the compulsory education age
from 6 to 5 years of age, in effect making kindergarten mandatory.
This bill is similar to, but different from AB 1772.

The vast majority of research demonstrates that while some children
who enter school at the age of 5 years or younger, under certain
circumstances, may experience short-term gains, these disappear after
two to four years. Conversely, many children, especially boys, would
have experienced long-lasting adverse effects from being forced into a
formal education program at age 5 or younger. For documentation of
this important point, see the background paper on summary of research
at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=15944

AB 2203 also would have taken another step toward forcing a mandatory
state-licensed preschool program for all 3- and 4-year-olds.

There were serious problems with AB 2203 that are outlined in our
previous e-lert, which you can read on our website at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=15945 .

We appreciate all who helped with your vital phone calls and prayers.

FPM's Nathan Pierce testified in committee against AB 2203 on your
behalf.

No further action is required on AB 2203.

Thanks again for your important prayers, phone calls, and support of
our work!

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=14438

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