From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/13/2013 2:38:50 PM
Dee Black--HSLDA
Connecticut--Calls Needed to Stop Change in Compulsory School Attendance Law

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Connecticut--Calls Needed to Stop
Change in Compulsory School Attendance Law

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls are needed to members of the Education Committee to stop a
Connecticut bill that would eliminate the right of parents to choose
to wait until a child is 7 years old before sending their child to
school. Current law permits a parent to not send a 6-year-old child to
school by signing an option form. If Senate Bill 877 passes, parents
would no longer have the right to determine whether a 6-year-old is
ready for formal education. Instead, the child would have to attend
school unless (1) a physician certified that the child should not
attend until age 7 or (2) the child had been identified as having a
developmental delay. This bill restricts the right of parents to
determine when their child is ready for formal instruction.

An almost identical bill to Senate Bill 877 passed the full Senate
during the 2011 legislative session by a vote of 34-1. It was stopped
from becoming law when the House of Representatives took no action on
it after many homeschoolers contacted their state representatives and
expressed their opposition to it. Hopefully your calls will stop this
bill in the Senate this year.

There is a public hearing on Friday, February 15, 2013, at 11:00 a.m.
by the Education Committee to consider this bill. Please call or email
right now to express your opposition to this unnecessary and
restrictive change in Connecticut law.

Action Requested:

1. Please call or email as many members of the Education Committee as
possible with this message or something similar in your own words:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 877, which would eliminate the right
of parents to choose to wait until a child is 7 years old before
sending this child to school. Parents, not school officials, are in
the best position to determine when their child is ready for formal

Please do not identify yourself as a homeschooling family, since this
issue is broader than just homeschooling.

The contact information for members of the Education Committee is as

If your last name begins with A-G, please contact:

Rep. Andrew Fleischmann, Co-Chair (D)

Sen. Andrea Stillman, Co-Chair (D)

Rep. Douglas McCrory, Vice Chair (D)

Sen. Beth Bye, Vice Chair (D)

Rep. Tim Ackert, Ranking Member (R)

Sen. Antonietta "Toni" Boucher, Ranking Member (R)

Sen. Dante Bartolomeo (D)

Rep. Mitch Bolinsky (R)

Rep. Christie Carpino (R)

Rep. Theresa W. Conroy (D)

Rep. Michelle L. Cook (D)

If your last name begins with H-O, please contact:

Rep. Michael D'Agostino (D)

Rep. Paul Davis (D)

Rep. Mike Demicco (D)

Rep. Henry Genga (D)

Rep. Marilyn Giuliano (R)

Rep. Auden C. Grogins (D)

Rep. John K. Hampton (D)

Rep. Gary A. Holder-Winfield (D)

Rep. Susan Johnson (D)

Rep. David W. Kiner (D)

Rep. Noreen S. Kokoruda (R)

If your last name begins with P-Z, please contact:

Rep. Gail Lavielle (R)

Rep. Tim B. LeGeyt (R)

Sen. Art Linares (R)

Sen. Andrew M. Maynard (D)

Rep. Patricia Billie Miller (D)

Rep. Mike L. Molgano (R)

Rep. Sandy H. Nafis (D)

Rep. Jason Rojas (D)

Rep. Robert Sanchez (D)

Rep. Prasad Srinivasan (R)

Rep. Charlie L. Stallworth (D)

Rep. Stephen G. Walko (R)

2. Please forward this email to every homeschooling family you know
who is not a member of HSLDA and urge them to contact members of the
committee with this same message.

To view the text of Senate Bill 877, please visit

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


Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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