From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


1/28/2013 2:29:22 PM
Tj Schmidt--HSLDA
Arizona--Calls Needed Now Against Compulsory School Attendance Bill!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Arizona--Calls Needed Now Against Compulsory School Attendance Bill!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

We have been tracking House Bill 2168, which was introduced in the
Arizona Legislature to raise the compulsory school attendance age from
16 to 18. House Bill 2168 has been scheduled to be heard by the House
Education Committee today, January 28, at 2 p.m. We need your calls to
oppose this bill.

Besides raising the compulsory school attendance age in Arizona from
16 until the student turns 18, House Bill 2168 will also limit
parents' freedom to decide what is best for their child in several
other ways.

Under current Arizona law a student can be excused from school
attendance once he completes a high school course of study necessary
to complete the 10th grade as prescribed by the state Board of
Education. House Bill 2168 will require completion of 12th grade
before allowing the student to be excused.

House Bill 2168 will also change another exemption for students who
are employed with parental consent in a lawful wage-earning
occupation. While current law would allow a 15-year-old to be exempted
from school attendance in this situation, House Bill 2168 would
require the student to be at least 16.

House Bill 2168 is scheduled to be heard in the House Education
Committee at 2 p.m. today. Please act now and contact the Committee to
let them know your position on this bill.


Please call and email the House Education Committee members listed
below to give them this message in your own words:

"Please oppose House Bill 2168. Raising the compulsory school
attendance age from 16 to 18 will force many students who don't want
to be there back into the school system--creating a disruptive
environment. This bill also takes away the right of parents to decide
when their children should remain in school or get valuable experience
in the work place. Please oppose House 2168."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler; instead you can identify
yourself as a concerned parent and taxpayer.

If your last name begins with A-M please call the first group. If your
last name begins with N-Z please call the second group.

House Education Committee Members
Group One
Representative Doris Goodale (R)
Phone: (602) 926-5408

Representative John Allen (R)
Phone: (602) 926-4916

Representative Paul Boyer (R)
Phone: (602) 926-4173

Representative Heather Carter
Phone: (602) 926-5503

Representative Eric Meyer (D)
Phone: (602) 926-3037

Group Two
Representative Doug Coleman (R)
Phone: (602) 926-3160

Representative Catherine Miranda (D)
Phone: (602) 926-4893

Representative Lisa Otondo (D)
Phone: (602) 926-3002

Representative Justin Pierce (R)
Phone: (602) 926-5495


Raising the compulsory attendance age will not reduce the dropout
rate. In fact, the two states with the highest high school completion
rates, Maryland at 94.5% and North Dakota at 94.7%, compel attendance
only to age 16. The state with the lowest completion rate (Oregon:
75.4%) compels attendance to age 18. (Figures are three-year averages,

1996 through 1998.)

Twenty-seven states only require attendance to age 16. Older children
unwilling to learn can cause classroom disruptions and even violence,
making learning harder for their classmates who truly want to learn.

House Bill 2168 would restrict parents' freedom to decide if their
15-year-old is ready to finish high school, go to college, or go to
work. Some 15-year-olds who are not academically inclined will benefit
more from valuable work experience than from being forced to sit in a

In addition, under House Bill 2168 a public school student who turns
18 but has not completed 12th grade would not be permitted to withdraw
from school unless he or she signs and submit a notarized consent form
developed by the school.

While this bill might have minimal effect on homeschool families who
have already reported to the county superintendent and intend to have
their children complete 12th grade, it would require families moving
into Arizona to report two years later than they would have been
required to do so under current law. You do not need to mention this
fact to your legislator

For more information on compulsory school attendance, please see our
memorandum at

If you are not yet a member of HSLDA and would like to help us fight
for greater homeschool freedom in Arizona please visit . If you would like to be put
on our email list to receive vital e-lerts you may sign up at .

Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in Arizona!


Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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