From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/8/2013 1:19:03 PM
Dee Black--HSLDA
Mississippi: Calls Needed to Oppose Compulsory School Attendance Age Bill

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Mississippi: Calls Needed to Oppose
Compulsory School Attendance Age Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls are needed to stop Mississippi House Bill 779, which would
expand state control over education in Mississippi. Current law
requires school attendance beginning at age 6. House Bill 779 would
lower this to age 5 and delete the provision allowing parents to
disenroll a child from public school kindergarten while the child is
under 6 years old.

If this bill passes, homeschooling parents will have to file their
annual Certificate of Enrollment a year earlier than is now required
and deal with attendance officers in the process. It would add another
year of homeschooling for every child, regardless of the child's level
of maturity or readiness to begin formal instruction at age 5.

Unfortunately, House Bill 779 passed the House Education Committee on
February 5. It is now in the full House of Representatives where it
may be voted on at any time. In fact, the deadline for original floor
action by the House is this coming Thursday, February 14. Members of
the House need to know that Mississippi families oppose this
unnecessary change in the law that would have potentially detrimental
effects on children.


1. Please call and/or email your state representative with this
message or something similar in your own words:

"Please vote against House Bill 779 which would lower Mississippi's
compulsory school attendance age from 6 to 5. Parents, not state
officials, are best able to determine when their child is ready for
formal education."

When contacting your state representative, it is not necessary to
identify yourself as a homeschooler. This issue is broader than
homeschooling. This is a parental rights issue affecting all
Mississippi families with children.

You can find your state representative's contact information at .

2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact their state representative
about this bill.


Many education experts have concluded that beginning a child's formal
education too early may actually result in burnout and poor scholastic
performance later.

Lowering the compulsory attendance age erodes the authority of parents
who are in the best position to determine when their child's formal
education should begin. This bill would restrict parents' freedom to
decide if their children are ready for school.

Another significant impact of expanding the compulsory attendance age
would be an inevitable tax increase to pay for more classroom space
and teachers to accommodate the additional students compelled to
attend public school.

To view the text of this bill, please go to .

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

Please call or email today!


Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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