The Homeschool Legal Defense Association is asking Missouri homeschooling supporters to take action. From their email update:
Missouri–Act Immediately to Prevent
Expansion of Compulsory School Attendance
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:
Yesterday the Missouri Senate amended HB 1543 to lower from 7 to 6 the
age at which compulsory school attendance starts in St. Louis and
Kansas City. This bill is moving very quickly, and we must act
promptly to block this expansion of government control over the lives
of young children and their parents.
This amendment is known as “the Keaveny Amendment.”
Call both your state senator AND representative. Your message can be
as simple as, “Please remove the Keaveny Amendment from HB 1543.
Parents–not the government–should decide whether 6-year-olds are
ready to start schooling.”
Use our legislative toolbox to find the name and contact information
for your senator and representative.
It’s bad enough that the Keaveny Amendment would put 6-year-olds under
educational compulsion in St. Louis and Kansas City. But if this
passes, it would surely eventually be forced on the entire state.
This is exactly what happened when “only” St. Louis was authorized to
raise the compulsory age a while back. In short order, the age was
raised for the entire state. Wherever you live in Missouri, your
freedom is threatened.
Under the Keaveny Amendment, any child parents “intend” to homeschool
would not be subject to the lower compulsory age. But allowing the
application of law to hinge on something as vague and subjective as a
parent’s mere “intention” invites a court challenge. And it invites
the public to look on all homeschoolers with a jaundiced eye. Either
the exception will be struck down by a court, or it will encourage the
public to think less of homeschool families.
Many education experts have concluded that beginning a child’s formal
education too early may actually result in burnout and poor scholastic
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. The bill would restrict parents’ freedom to
decide if their children are ready for school.
Expanding the compulsory attendance age would bring an inevitable tax
increase to pay for more classroom space and teachers to accommodate
the additional students compelled to attend public school.
Families for Home Education and HSLDA are united in opposing the
For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2051.
Thank you for standing with us for freedom!
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.,
HSLDA Senior Counsel
And, in case you’re wondering if you really need to be that vigilant in the United States–after all, who would be against homeschooling? Check out this headline from the Houston Chronicle:
Home-school is so popular, some are getting suspicious
You can be sure that the “some” who are “getting suspicious” are the teacher union thugs and the wardens of the failed prison schools.