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3/8/2013 3:46:30 PM
Mike Donnelly--HSLDA
Action Needed on Legislation Threatening Homeschool Freedom and Parental Rights

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URGENT - Let the Children out! Action Needed on
Legislation Threatening Homeschool Freedom and Parental Rights

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

SB 359 would expand early childhood education programs to include
full-day compulsory programs. SB 359 is a step toward lowering the
compulsory school attendance age and increasing government involvement
in a child's early education.

It is important to establish the principle that parents can get out of
early education programs even if they have enrolled in them. Today in
West Virginia, a child enrolled in an early education program is
subject to compulsory attendance upon enrollment.

HSLDA opposes expanding compulsory school attendance ages like this
because parents, not the government, should be making the final
educational decisions for their children. Valid research has also
demonstrated that programs like these are not effective and add
significant costs to the taxpayer without providing meaningful
results.

The Senate Education Committee recessed before considering SB 359,
allowing the bill to be rewritten over the weekend. We are asking you
to take action to contact members of the Senate Education Committee to
adopt the Carmichael amendment. This proposed amendment would make it
clear that parents should be able to withdraw their children from
early education programs if they feel the child should no longer be
enrolled.

HSLDA has worked with John Carey to draft language that would
accomplish this. The language is based on a Minnesota law that allows
parents to withdraw their children from school until age 7 if they
feel they are not ready. The Carmichael amendment would accomplish
this specifically for children ages 4 and 5 enrolled in early
education programs. This would mean that parents who wanted to
homeschool their children would not have to submit a notice of intent
and then have to comply with the homeschool law for children ages 4
and 5.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact the members of the Senate Education Committee and give
them the following messages in your own words:

"I am asking you to amend SB 359 to allow parents to withdraw their
children aged 4 or 5 from early childhood education programs. Although
early childhood education programs are costly, with little benefits, I
feel it is important that any parent who enrolls his or her child in
such a program be explicitly authorized to withdraw that child if they
feel he is not ready. Parents, not the government, should be the
final decision makers about a child's education. Amending this bill
to recognize this fact is critical. Please vote for the Carmichael
amendment to SB 359 so parents can withdraw their children from early
education programs. Thank you!"

The contact information for the Senate Education Committee is:

Senator Robert H. Plymale (Chair)
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7937
E-mail: robert.plymale@wvsenate.gov

Senator Erik Wells
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7841
E-mail: erik.wells@wvsenate.gov

Senator Robert D. Beach
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7919
E-mail: bob.beach@wvsenate.gov

Senator H. Truman Chafin
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7808
E-mail: truman.chafin@wvsenate.gov

Senator Larry J. Edgell
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7827
E-mail: larry.edgell@wvsenate.gov

Senator Daniel J. Hall
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7807
E-mail: daniel.hall@wvsenate.gov

Senator William R. Laird IV
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7849
E-mail: william.laird@wvsenate.gov

Senator Ron Stollings
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7939
E-mail: ron.stollings@frontier.com

Senator Gregory A. Tucker
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7906
E-mail: greg.tucker@wvsenate.gov

Senator John R. Unger II
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7933
E-mail: john.unger@wvsenate.gov

Senator Clark S. Barnes
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7973
E-mail: clark.barnes@wvsenate.gov

Senator Donna J. Boley
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7905
E-mail: donnaboley@suddenlink.net

Senator Mitch Carmichael
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7855
E-mail: Mitch.Carmichael@wvsenate.gov

Senator Bill Cole
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7843
E-mail: bill.cole@wvsenate.gov

Thank you for all you do in defense of freedom for families in the
great state of West Virginia!

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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 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=17508

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