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2/26/2013 5:02:59 PM
Mike Smith--HSLDA
More Calls and Emails Needed--SB 182 Lowering Compulsory Attendance Age to 5

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More Calls and Emails Needed--SB 182
Lowering Compulsory Attendance Age from 7 to 5

Status:
SB 182 was heard yesterday in both the Senate and Assembly Education
committees, but the committees did not vote on the bill. The
testimony time allotted to the proponents' side was much greater than
the time for opposition testimony presented by representatives from
Nevada Homeschool Network (NHN) and several homeschooling parents.

For those of you who went to the hearings, contacted your elected
officials and/or testified at the hearing, thank you. The impression
of NHN is that barring a miracle (maybe veto by the governor), SB 182
will become law and the compulsory school attendance age will be
lowered from 7 to 5.

In light of that, we offered an amendment to one of the authors of the
bill that would exempt parents from this law if they notify the school
district of this decision when their child is between 5 and 7 years
old.

Action Requested:

1. Please contact the Senate and Assembly Education Committee members
immediately via telephone or email with this message in your own
words:

"Please vote against SB 182, which lowers the compulsory school
attendance age from 7 to 5. Parents should have the right to decide
whether their child should attend school between the ages of 5 and 7,
which has been the law in Nevada for decades. Many children are
simply not ready for school at ages 5 or 6. However, if you feel
obligated to vote for this bill, we urge you to address parents'
concerns by supporting an amendment which has been proposed to
accommodate parents who will notify the school superintendent that
they will delay their child's attendance at school until age 7. This
would exempt these children from compulsory attendance at age 5."

When contacting the committee members, it is not necessary to identify
yourself as a homeschooler as this would affect every parent, although
many children are already in school at age 5. This issue is broader
than homeschooling; this is a parental rights issue.

2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA or not receiving our emails and urge them to contact
the Senate and Assembly education committee members with the same
message.

The Senate Education and Assembly Education Committee members are:

Joyce Woodhouse - Senate Chair
702-896-1453
Joyce.Woodhouse@sen.state.nv.us

Aaron D. Ford - Vice Chair
702-772-5544
Aaron.Ford@sen.state.nv.us

Ruben J. Kihuen
702-274-1707
Ruben.Kihuen@sen.state.nv.us

Barbara K. Cegavske
702-873-0711
Barbara.Cegavske@sen.state.nv.us

Don Gustavson
775-722-1278
Jerry.Stacy@sen.state.nv.us

Elliot T. Anderson - Assembly Chair
702-733-4073
Elliot.Anderson@asm.state.nv.us

Marilyn Dondero Loop - Vice Chair
702-556-0224
Marilyn.DonderoLoop@asm.state.nv.us

Paul Aizley
702-361-8262
Paul.Aizley@asm.state.nv.us

Lesley E. Cohen
702-715-0772
Lesley.Cohen@asm.state.nv.us

Olivia Diaz
702-501-8994
Olivia.Diaz@asm.state.nv.us

Andy Eisen
702-419-4747
Andy.Eisen@asm.state.nv.us

Harvey J. Munford
702-646-4265
Harvey.Munford@asm.state.nv.us

Dina Neal
702-738-5870
Dina.Neal@asm.state.nv.us

Heidi Swank
702-371-6217
Heidi.Swank@asm.state.nv.us

Wesley Duncan
702-767-3733
Wesley.Duncan@asm.state.nv.us

Michele Fiore
702-302-5163
Michele.Fiore@asm.state.nv.us

Randy Kirner
775-852-3857
Randy.Kirner@asm.state.nv.us

Lynn D. Stewart
702-614-0631
Lynn.Stewart@asm.state.nv.us

Melissa Woodbury
775-684-8503
Melissa.Woodbury@asm.state.nv.us

We recognize this may require some time to contact all these
officials, but due to the urgency of this issue, it is critical that
all of the above are contacted by you.

Background:
SB 182 will lower the compulsory attendance age for entry into school
from 7 to 5 years of age. This requirement will apply to all children,
whether their parents planned to send them to public school or private
school or homeschool.

By amending Nevada Revised Statutes sec. 392.040 to lower mandatory
attendance from 7 to 5 years of age, all children, including
homeschooled children, would have to start school at age 5. In other
words, homeschoolers would have to file their notice of intent at age
5.

Analysis:
Requiring children to attend school at age 5 is a very bad idea for
the following reasons:

1. SB 182 forces children into school too soon. There are no long-term
replicable studies proving that mandating attendance at age 5 rather
than 7 is better for the educational development of the child. To the
contrary, there is much research indicating that early childhood
education does not improve the child's potential for being a better
student in the future, because early gains disappear in a few of
years. This is especially significant for boys, because their
cognitive and verbal skill development generally lags behind that of
girls at this age.

2. SB 182 is not necessary. Parents who desire to enroll their
children at age 5 in Nevada can choose to do so already. To force
parents to start children in school at the age of 5 interferes with
their fundamental right to direct the education of their children and
to make wise choices regarding the readiness for their children for
education. Many children are simply not ready for school at 5 years
old.

3. SB 182 decreases beneficial parental contact with their children.
Two extra years of development outside of school can be critical for a
child at this early age. Carl Zinsmeister, Adjunct Research Associate
at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, says,
"Declining parental attachment is an extremely serious risk to
children today. The verdict of enormous psychological literature is
that time spent with the parent is the very clearest correlate of
healthy child development." Parents should continue to have the
authority to decide what is best for their children.

4. SB 182 is based on faulty information. This attempt to bring
children into formal education programs at a younger age is based on
an erroneous assumption. Arthur Jensen, a learning psychologist, wrote
in the Harvard Educational Review in 1969 that Benjamin Bloom's
conclusion that people develop 50% of their mature intelligence by the
age of 4 is a statistically unwarranted conclusion. In 1970, Nancy
Bayley, a University of California child psychologist whose data Bloom
used, pointed out that Bloom's theory was wrong because it was based
on an inadequate definition of intelligence. In spite of statements to
the contrary, there is no solid evidence that early education brings
any lasting or permanent educational benefit to a child. The
conclusions being drawn based on recent studies of child's brain
development are similar to the above faulty conclusions. The fact that
a young child's brain develops rapidly does not warrant the faulty
conclusion that more institutionalized and peer-dominated settings
improve the child's mental, emotional, and social development. There
are studies that have demonstrated the opposite.

5. SB 182 would have an adverse financial impact on all Nevadans.
This increase in the kindergarten population will increase the
financial burden on the state's ability to fund its public education
programs. This will result in the need to increase state education
revenues. Increases in education revenues come either as direct
increases in taxes from citizens; approving and selling bonds, which
moves the tax burden to future generations; or transferring funds from
another part of the State budget.

Thank you so much for your participation in this effort to preserve
family freedom in Nevada.

Sincerely,


Mike Smith
HSLDA President

P.S. We are so grateful for you and your support--it is our 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 recommend us? Your
support for our work enables us to defend individual families
threatened by government officials and protect homeschooling freedom
for all. Join now: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17326

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