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2/20/2013 11:54:03 AM
Dee Black--HSLDA
Mississippi: Calls Needed to Oppose Compulsory Attendance Age Bill

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Mississippi: Calls Needed to Oppose Compulsory Attendance Age Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Bad news! On February 11, the Mississippi House of Representatives
passed House Bill 779, which would lower the compulsory attendance age
from 6 to 5 and prohibit parents from disenrolling a child from public
school kindergarten. The House had amended the bill from its original
version to state that enrollment of a 5-year-old in public school
kindergarten is voluntary, but once the child is enrolled, there can
be no withdrawal. The most worrisome part about the bill in its
current form is that it says nothing about whether enrollment of a
5-year-old in a nonpublic school such as a home instruction program is
voluntary. It could be interpreted to require parents to file a
certificate of enrollment with their local attendance officer and
begin homeschooling their child at age 5.

House Bill 779 is now in the Senate Education Committee, which could
vote on this bill at any time. Members of the committee need to hear
from hundreds of you in order to stop this bill that threatens your
parental rights.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please call and/or email members of the Senate Education Committee
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. In its current form,
parents may be required to enroll a 5-year-old child in a nonpublic
school kindergarten. Parents, not state officials, are best able to
determine when their child is ready for formal education."

The members of the Senate Education Committee are as follows:

Gray Tollison, Chairman
(601) 359-3244
gtollison@senate.ms.gov

Nancy Adams Collins, Vice-Chairman
(601) 359-2395
ncollins@senate.ms.gov

David Blount
(601) 359-3232
dblount@senate.ms.gov

Terry C. Burton
(601) 359-3234
tburton@senate.ms.gov

Videt Carmichael
(601) 359-3244
vcarmichael@senate.ms.gov

Steve Hale
(601) 359-3252
shale@senate.ms.gov

Angela Burks Hill
(601) 359-3226
ahill@senate.ms.gov

W. Briggs Hopson, III
(601) 359-3237
bhopson@senate.ms.gov

Russell Jolly
(601) 359-2886
rjolly@senate.ms.gov

David Jordan
(601) 359-3244
djordan@senate.ms.gov

Chris Massey
(601) 359-2886
cmassey@senate.ms.gov

John A. Polk
(601) 359-3246
jpolk@senate.ms.gov

Tony Smith
(601) 359-2886
tsmith@senate.ms.gov

Brice Wiggins
(601) 359-3232
bwiggins@senate.ms.gov

J.P. Wilemon, Jr.
(601) 359-3232
jwilemon@senate.ms.gov

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

BACKGROUND:

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
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17290 .

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17291

Please call or email today!


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=17292

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