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

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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
education."

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
follows:

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

Rep. Andrew Fleischmann, Co-Chair (D)
1-860-240-0420
Andrew.Fleischmann@cga.ct.gov

Sen. Andrea Stillman, Co-Chair (D)
1-800-842-1420
http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Stillman-mailform.php

Rep. Douglas McCrory, Vice Chair (D)
1-800-842-8267
Douglas.McCrory@cga.ct.gov

Sen. Beth Bye, Vice Chair (D)
1-800-842-1420
http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Bye-mailform.php

Rep. Tim Ackert, Ranking Member (R)
1-800-842-1423
http://cthousegop.com/contact-tim-ackert/

Sen. Antonietta "Toni" Boucher, Ranking Member (R)
1-800-842-1421
http://ctsenaterepublicans.com/contact-boucher/

Sen. Dante Bartolomeo (D)
1-800-842-1420
http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Bartolomeo-mailform.php

Rep. Mitch Bolinsky (R)
1-800-842-1423
http://cthousegop.com/contact-mitch/

Rep. Christie Carpino (R)
1-800-842-1423
http://cthousegop.com/contact-christie/

Rep. Theresa W. Conroy (D)
1-800-842-8267
Theresa.Conroy@cga.ct.gov

Rep. Michelle L. Cook (D)
1-800-842-8267
Michelle.Cook@cga.ct.gov

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

Rep. Michael D'Agostino (D)
1-800-842-8267
Michael.DAgostino@cga.ct.gov

Rep. Paul Davis (D)
1-800-842-8267
Paul.Davis@cga.ct.gov

Rep. Mike Demicco (D)
1-800-842-8267
Mike.Demicco@cga.ct.gov

Rep. Henry Genga (D)
1-800-842-8267
henry.genga@cga.ct.gov

Rep. Marilyn Giuliano (R)
1-800-842-1423
http://cthousegop.com/contact-marilyn-giuliano/

Rep. Auden C. Grogins (D)
1-800-842-8267
Auden.Grogins@cga.ct.gov

Rep. John K. Hampton (D)
1-800-842-8267
John.Hampton@cga.ct.gov

Rep. Gary A. Holder-Winfield (D)
1-800-842-8267
Gary.Holder-Winfield@cga.ct.gov

Rep. Susan Johnson (D)
1-800-842-8267
Susan.Johnson@cga.ct.gov

Rep. David W. Kiner (D)
1-800-842-8267
David.Kiner@cga.ct.gov

Rep. Noreen S. Kokoruda (R)
1-800-842-1423
http://cthousegop.com/contact-noreen/

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

Rep. Gail Lavielle (R)
1-800-842-1423
http://cthousegop.com/contact-gail/

Rep. Tim B. LeGeyt (R)
1-800-842-1423
http://cthousegop.com/contact-tim-legeyt/

Sen. Art Linares (R)
1-800-842-1421
http://ctsenaterepublicans.com/contact-linares/

Sen. Andrew M. Maynard (D)
1-800-842-1420
http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Maynard-mailform.php

Rep. Patricia Billie Miller (D)
1-800-842-8267
Patricia.Miller@cga.ct.gov

Rep. Mike L. Molgano (R)
1-800-842-1423
http://cthousegop.com/contact-mike-molgano/

Rep. Sandy H. Nafis (D)
1-800-842-8267
Sandy.Nafis@cga.ct.gov

Rep. Jason Rojas (D)
1-800-842-8267
Jason.Rojas@cga.ct.gov

Rep. Robert Sanchez (D)
1-800-842-8267
Bobby.Sanchez@cga.ct.gov

Rep. Prasad Srinivasan (R)
1-800-842-1423
http://cthousegop.com/contact-prasad-srinivasan/

Rep. Charlie L. Stallworth (D)
1-800-842-8267
Charlie.Stallworth@cga.ct.gov

Rep. Stephen G. Walko (R)
1-800-842-1423
http://cthousegop.com/contact-stephen/

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
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17210


For more information on compulsory school attendance, please see our
memorandum at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17211


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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 to recommend us as we defend
the rights of homeschooling families? Join now:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17212

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