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1/10/2013 4:27:18 PM
Mike Donnelly--HSLDA
SF 96 is a Threat to Homeschoolers and Parental Freedom

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SF 96 is a Threat to Homeschoolers and Parental Freedom

Dear Wyoming Members and Friends,

Senate File ("SF") 96 would change the law by increasing the age at
which students must attend school from 16 or the completion of 10th
grade to 18 or the completion of 12th grade.

This is yet another attempt to carry out the will of the national and
local teachers unions and associations whose official policy is that
children be in school from age 3 to 21. Those who support this
legislation in the Wyoming legislature appear to believe that the
state, rather than parents, knows what is best for their children.
They argue that such an action would increase the graduation rate. In
reality there is no evidence that this is true, and raising the age
imposes significant burdens on our community as well as on the state
budget, its school system, teachers and administrators.

If SF 96 passes, we homeschoolers would suddenly be required to submit
a curriculum outline for an additional two years--until a student
turns 18 or graduates. Those who do not continue filing notification
during the additional time could be charged with truancy by school
districts. Increasing the age of compulsory school attendance further
restricts the right of parents to decide what is best for their
children who are 16 and 17 years old and who may prefer to work or
pursue some alternative form of education.

You can view or print the introduced bill from the Wyoming legislature
website here: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16802

ACTION REQUESTED

Contact the Wyoming Senate Education Committee to oppose SF 96.

Please contact the members of the Wyoming Senate Education Committee
and urge them to oppose SF 96. A list of committee members and their
contact information is below. You do not need to mention that you are
a homeschooler. This issue affects all parents in Wyoming, and it is
not necessary that we make this a "homeschool" issue, even though it
does affect homeschooling.

In your own words, convey the message that you oppose raising the age
of compulsory school attendance in Wyoming because it will:

> Create safety concerns from increased risk of school incidents as
unruly students could be confined against their and their parents'
wishes;
> Not accomplish the intended objective of increasing high school
completion rates;
> Create classroom difficulties overburdening teachers and
administrators;
> Place new and unnecessary burdens and restriction on the liberty of
all parents;
> Unnecessarily restrict the liberty of 16-year-olds who, with their
parents' permission, wish to enroll in post-secondary education or
pursue a vocational calling; and
> Redirect funds needed from other more important programs.

Senate Education Committee Members

Senator Henry Coe - Committee Chairman (bill sponsor)
PO Box 1088
Cody, WY 82414
Home: (307) 587-4655
Fax: (307) 527-6853
Hank.Coe@wyoleg.gov

Senator Jim Anderson
92 Running Dutchman
Glenrock, WY 82637
Home: (307) 436-9618
Jim.Anderson.SD02@wyoleg.gov

Senator Paul Barnard (bill sponsor)
246 Aspen Hills Court
Evanston, WY 82930
Home: (307) 789-9742
Cell: (307) 799-6480
Fax: (307) 789-0077
Session: (307) 799-6480
Paul.Barnard@wyoleg.gov

Senator Bill Landen
2010 Kingsbury Drive
Casper, WY 82609
Home: (307) 237-4067
Bill.Landen@wyoleg.gov

Senator Chris Rothfuss (bill sponsor)
PO Box 1791
Laramie, WY 82073
Cell: (307) 399-3556
Session: (307) 399-3556
Chris.Rothfuss@wyoleg.gov


Very truly yours,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

P.S. 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? Your support
for our work enables us to defend individual families threatened by
government officials and protect homeschooling freedom for all. Join
now: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16803

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