Urgent Action Needed: Congress Attempting to Give Federal Government Money to Homeschools

Please read the following message we received from HSLDA:

 

Urgent Action Needed: Congress Attempting to Give Federal Government Money to Homeschools

A message from Will Estrada and Mike Smith
Dear Friends,
It has been said that there is no such thing as a free lunch. As homeschooling families know too well, government money will eventually lead to government control.
That’s why HSLDA is opposing a bill introduced by our friends in Congress, Rep. Steve King (IA) and Rep. Andy Harris (MD). Though well-intentioned, H.R. 610 is ultimately ill-advised. It calls for sending all federal education dollars to the states in the forms of federal grants so that the states can then give the money as vouchers to public, private, and homeschool students.
(Note: While Rep. Trent Franks (AZ) is also listed as a cosponsor of H.R. 610, we talked with him and his staff last night and they agree with our concerns about homeschooling families being included in H.R. 610. As a result, there is no need to contact his office, and we are deeply grateful to him for his commitment to protecting homeschool freedom from “help” by the federal government. Here is the statement Franks gave to us: “I understand the concerns of the homeschool community. My support for the bill only extends to vouchers for public school and private school students. If this bill moves forward, I would request that any language that would impose vouchers upon homeschools is taken out.”)
If the bill only applied to public schools and traditional brick-and-mortar private schools, HSLDA would take no official position on it. There is no question that many millions of children are stuck in public schools that fail to meet their needs, and school choice would be an incredible benefit to them.
But HSLDA has repeatedly told our friends on Capitol Hill that our members and many other homeschooling families know that government dollars will eventually result in government regulation. Although we are grateful for our friends on Capitol Hill, and although we know that representatives King and Harris are well-intentioned, they need to hear loud and clear from the homeschool community. Even though the vouchers created by H.R. 610 would be voluntary, we believe that this would be a slippery slope toward more federal involvement and control in homeschooling.
If you do not want federal government “help,” if you just want to be left alone, this is the time to speak up.

 

Dangers of H.R. 610 (click here to read a PDF version of the bill with page numbers cited below).
1. Elimination of language protecting homeschool freedom in U.S. Code: Page 2, paragraph (a) repeals in its entirety the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, which was most recently reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act. While HSLDA applauds this repeal language, as we believe that the federal government has no constitutional authority to make education decisions which should be left to state and local authorities, this full repeal would also eliminate HSLDA’s language fully protecting homeschool freedom from all federal control.
2. Creation of a “federal right to homeschool:” Page 3, Sec. 104 requires states to make certain assurances in order to receive their portion of federal education dollars. One of the requirements (paragraph (2)(A) on page 3) is that states “make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect … to home-school their child.” While this sounds good, HSLDA has fought – successfully – for decades to make sure that there is no “federal right to homeschool” because what could be created by a favorable Congress could be regulated by a future, hostile Congress. It is far better (and far more constitutionally sound) for education decisions – and homeschool freedom – to be protected at the state level. We ask our friends at the federal level to simply leave homeschooling families alone. The Constitution protects the right of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children, as the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in its seminal cases of Meyer, Pierce, and Yoder. Federal legislation to “protect” homeschooling is unnecessary.
3. States would need to track homeschooling students: Numerous provisions in H.R. 610 require states to count the number of eligible students in their state. Page 4 says “The State shall distribute funds . . . based on the number of eligible children in the public schools . . . and . . . the number of eligible children . . . whose parents elect to send their child to a private school or to home-school their child.” Page 5 requires “on an annual basis” that school districts count the number of eligible students who attend public schools, and “whose parents elect-to send their child to a private school or to home-school their child.” There is only one way that states and school districts can do this: by requiring homeschooling families to register with them, and be tracked by the school district. This will be especially problematic in states that do not require homeschooling families to file a notice of intent with the local school district. H.R. 610 will require homeschooling families in all 50 states to register with the local school district. This would be just the first cost of “free government money.”
4. The government would now get to decide how much parents should spend on homeschooling: Paragraph (B) on page 6 requires that the federal education vouchers to parents who choose a homeschool “shall not exceed the cost of home-schooling the child.” Who will now decide how much it costs to homeschool a child? The government. Page 8 further requires that the federal education vouchers “be distributed in a manner so as to ensure that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.” This is not defined, meaning that government officials and public schools will decide what qualifies as an appropriate educational expense. HSLDA has heard over the course of 33 years from numerous parents who have elected to teach their children at home through a government-funded virtual or correspondence school. In their experience, they found their curriculum options shrunk as each choice had to pass a government litmus test.

Call Congress Now 

At this point, it is only necessary to contact these sponsors of this bill, Representatives King and Harris.
If one of these is your U.S. representative, please call or email him, and politely ask him to take homeschooling families out of the bill, including homeschooling families who are defined by their state’s education law as private school students.
Please remember that these congressmen are friends of homeschooling, and that this bill is well-intentioned, but ultimately dangerous. We encourage you to identify yourself as a homeschooling parent.
Your message can be as simple as:
“As a homeschooling parent, I oppose H.R. 610. I do not want to receive federal vouchers. Government money will ultimately lead to government control and regulation, which will stifle the success of homeschooling. I am grateful for your past support of homeschool freedom, and urge that you protect the future of homeschooling by rewriting H.R. 610 to ensure that homeschools, and homeschools defined by state laws as private schools, do not receive federal money.”
You can reach these congressmen by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. If one of these members of Congress represents you, you can find his direct phone numbers and email addresses here.
If you live outside of these districts, we encourage you to take to social media to politely but firmly remind these congressmen that homeschooling families do not want federal vouchers. You can also send each congressman a letter via the United States Postal Service.

Conclusion  

HSLDA opposes H.R. 610 for reasons of prudence and principle. Once homeschools become publicly funded by the federal government, more scrutiny and more control are likely to follow. After all, homeschooling families will be spending government money, and the Congress has a keen interest in guarding the public fisc.
On principle, homeschooling has succeeded as a movement in part by being different. Unlike typical constituencies asking for our piece of the public-money pie, we have simply asked the federal government to leave us alone. This has fostered one of the most dynamic social movements of our lifetime.
The spirit of self-government at the heart of private homeschooling has led to a vibrant social network of small groups and statewide groups who depend on each other-not on the government. The homeschool movement has been a better idea because we built it ourselves. Routinely taking federal tax dollars will enervate the movement, lead to more squabbles between families and the state, and will result in more scrutiny, oversight, and control.

Thank you for standing with us for liberty as together, we fight to keep homeschooling free.

Will Estrada
Director of Federal Relations
Mike Smith
HSLDA President
This Newsflash was forwarded to you by:
Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce
Family Protection Ministries
PO Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648

Oppose Mandatory Kindergarten – Write Your Senator

JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT August 10, 2016
From: Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA

Bill: AB 713 (as amended) – Mandatory Kindergarten
Author: State Assembly Member Weber

Position: Strongly OPPOSE

Status: AB 713 passed the entire State Assembly on June 3rd 2015. It is in the second Senate committee where it is being held indefinitely unless called up for a special vote. If it passes out of committee, it would be voted on by the whole State Senate before going to the Governor.

AB 713 is one of the dangerous incremental steps toward lowering the compulsory school age and expanding government control over all children from birth to adulthood, gradually reducing the role of parents to that of caretakers.

Your letter to your State Senator opposing AB 713 is very important — we need as many no votes as possible in the Senate to help influence the Governor to veto AB 713, as it will likely pass the Senate if it comes up for a vote.

Quickly pass this alert on to others who might respond and then take the suggested action below.

We are monitoring AB 713 daily and Nathan Pierce of Family Protection Ministries has visited legislators and is attending every hearing regarding this bill.

Summary of Concern:

Under current law, parents can choose to have their child skip Kindergarten and begin at the 1st grade. AB 713 would eliminate this current parental choice by mandating that every child attend Kindergarten for one school year before they could be admitted to the first grade. This would go into effect at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.

Action Item:

WRITE A BRIEF LETTER to the member of the California State Senate who represents your district, asking them to oppose AB 713 and any similar bills in the future.

Why are Letters Best?

Letters have proven to be the most effective method of communicating your opinion on a legislative bill. Many assume that an email is the most effective way to express your opinion, but this is not true. Because emails are easily and usually ignored, letters and calls are significantly more effective. Often there have not been enough letters being sent to make a large enough impact. It is considered that your letter represents the views of more than 1,000 voters within your district.

Thank you in advance for taking this crucial action on AB 713 to protect the rights of all parents.

Notes:
Always contact legislators as a parent and citizen. This bill affects all families with children.
• This is not an exclusively homeschool issue. Do not write as a homeschooler.
Do not disclose the source of this Alert. All bills are available on the Internet.
• Pass this on to your friends, church, school, and group.
• Pray for a proper outcome.

Using the suggested format below, ask your Senator to vote no on AB 713. Even though not necessary, you may use some of the “Opposition Points to Share with Legislators” below for additional points that you could include. Please mail your letter, as emails are commonly ignored. (Be sure to include your full address and print or type your first name and last name below your signature.)

Here is a link to find out which State Senator represents your district
http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

For your letter in the Action Item above, please use the following format:

The Honorable (their first & last name)
Senate
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Senator (their last name),

Please vote no on AB 713 (by Weber). I oppose mandatory Kindergarten, which effectively lowers the compulsory attendance age to 5. Please also oppose any future bills that mandate Kindergarten.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

(Your signature)
(Your first and last name typed or printed)
(Your full address)

***** ***** ***** *****
Other Information Included In This E-mail:

A. Opposition Points
B. Background
C. Summary
***** ***** ***** *****

A. Opposition Points:

AB 713 would damage children. Beginning formal education at age 5 or younger causes unintended harmful consequences to children, some of which last a lifetime. Research* indicates that early formal childhood education not only causes both physical and behavioral long-term problems but that it also does not improve the child’s potential for being a better student later on.

*We strongly urge you to read “Early Childhood Education: Research Summaries of the Effects of Universal Kindergarten.” http://www.childandfamilyprotection.org/Early-Childhood-Education-Research-Summaries.html. This research demonstrates that:

Gains experienced by children who began their formal education at age 5 (or younger) disappear in just a few years.

These same children, however, experience long-lasting adverse effects on their physical, behavioral, and educational development, including an increased difficulty getting along with others, life-long vision impairment, and for many, detriments to mathematics and nonacademic readiness skills.

Boys are especially damaged by early entrance (age 5 and younger) into formal education. Boys’ cognitive and verbal skill development significantly lags behind that of girls at this age. As a result, boys do not do as well in the early years, at which time many experience failures leading to frustration and, for some, substance abuse and later criminal behavior.

AB 713 would diminish the parental rights of all parents. Under AB 713, parents who choose to delay their child’s entrance into formal education by skipping Kindergarten would be forced to undergo a time and financial penalty of adding a year of required schooling before graduation. Enrollment into Kindergarten prior to the first grade must remain optional for parents.

AB 713 would decrease beneficial parental contact with their children. An extra year 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.

***** ***** ***** *****

B. Background

Under AB 713, parents who would have chosen to delay their child’s entrance into formal education and skip Kindergarten, would be forced to choose between either:
(a) starting their child’s formal education one year earlier, before they feel it is best for their child, or
(b) graduating their child a year later than they would under current law.

This is because 13 years of schooling would be required under AB 713 rather than the current 12 years of schooling.

The requirements of AB 713 would apply to all pupils in both public schools and in private schools, including homeschools.

Advocates of extending government control of all children from birth would be able to use passage of AB 713 as an incremental step toward establishing seamless, cradle-to-grave government-controlled education and development programs for all children.

Passage of AB 713 would be followed by the next incremental legislative step — making institutionalized preschool (pre-Kindergarten) for every 3 and 4 year-old child universally available to all children and then the next step – making it universally mandatory for every 3 and 4 year-old child.

C. Summary:

Research supports later rather than earlier entry of children into structured educational programs to be the most beneficial.

AB 713 is an attack upon the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children. It ignores the long-standing presumption that parents act in the best interest of their children, by requiring parents to enroll their children in Kindergarten rather than allowing them the choice specified in current law. It disregards the parent’s understanding of what would be the best course of action for his own child’s education and development. It is a detrimental one-size-fits-all mandate that would be forced upon all children by the government.

***** ***** ***** *****

Permission given to forward this Action Alert unaltered to your friends, church, school, and group.

***** ***** ***** *****

This Action Alert was sent out by:

Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce
Family Protection Ministries
PO Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648

***** ***** ***** *****

Oppose Mandatory Kindergarten – Write Governor Brown

JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – August 17, 2015
From:  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA

Bill:  AB 713 (as recently amended) Mandatory Kindergarten
Author:  State Assembly Member Weber

Position:  Strongly OPPOSE

AB 713 passed the entire State Assembly on June 3rd. It must pass a vote of the whole State Senate before going to the Governor. Thank you for taking action on AB 713 to protect the rights of all parents.

Quickly pass this alert on to others who might respond and then take the suggested action below.

Summary of Concern:

Under current law, parents can choose to have their child skip Kindergarten and begin at the 1st grade.  AB 713 would eliminate this current parental choice by mandating that every child attend Kindergarten for one school year before they could be admitted to the first grade.  This would go into effect at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. AB 713 is an incremental step toward lowering the compulsory school age and expanding government control over children from birth to adulthood.

***** ***** ***** *****

Information Included In This E-mail:

A.  Action Item
B.  Opposition Points
C.  Background
D.  Summary

***** ***** ***** *****

A.  Action Item:

Write Governor Brown Now —

Please include the following or similarly worded statement in your letter:

 Pease veto AB 713.

“Last year your veto message of AB 1444, an almost identical bill that would have mandated Kindergarten, stated:

“Most children already attend Kindergarten, and those that don’t may be enrolled in other educational or developmental programs that are deemed more appropriate for them by their families. I would prefer to let parents determine what is best for their children, rather than mandate an entirely new grade level.”

“Please allow parents to continue to make decisions in the best interest of their children.”

You may also refer to the “Opposition Points” below for additional ideas that you could add to your letter.

Mail The Letter To:
      Governor Jerry Brown
      c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
      Sacramento, CA 95814

 

Why are Letters Best?

Letters have proven to be the most effective method of communicating your opinion on a legislative bill. Many assume that an email is the most effective way to express your opinion, but this is not true. Because emails are easily and usually ignored, letters and calls are significantly more effective. Often there have not been enough letters being sent to make a large enough impact. It is considered that each letter represents the views of 1,000 or more voters within your district. Letters are the best method, even today, of making your opinion known at our state capitol.

 

Notes:

  • Always contact legislators as a parent and citizen.  This bill affects all families with children.
  • This is not an exclusively homeschool issue. Do not call or write as a homeschooler.
  • Do not disclose the source of this Alert. All bills are available on the Internet.
  • Pass this on to your friends, church, school, and group.
  • Pray for a proper outcome.

***** ***** ***** *****

B.  Opposition Points:

AB 713 would damage children.  Beginning formal education at age 5 or younger causes unintended harmful consequences to children, some of which last a lifetime.  Research* indicates that early formal childhood education not only causes both physical and behavioral long-term problems but that it also does not improve the child’s potential for being a better student later on.

Research http://www.childandfamilyprotection.org/Early-Childhood-Education-Research-Summaries.html demonstrates that:

Gains experienced by children who began their formal education at age 5 (or younger) disappear in just a few years. 

These same children, however, experience long-lasting adverse effects on their physical, behavioral, and educational development, including life-long vision impairment, and for many, detriments to mathematics and nonacademic readiness skills.

Boys are especially damaged by early entrance (age 5 and younger) into formal education. Boys’ cognitive and verbal skill development significantly lags behind that of girls at this age. As a result, boys do not do as well in the early years, at which time many experience failures leading to frustration, and for some, substance abuse and later criminal behavior.

For the sake of your own children, every parent should read “Early Childhood Education: Research Summaries of the Effects of Universal Kindergarten” Updated 2014 at http://www.childandfamilyprotection.org/Early-Childhood-Education-Research-Summaries.html.

AB 713 would diminish the parental rights of all parents.  Under AB 713, parents who choose to delay their child’s entrance into Kindergarten would be forced to undergo a time and financial penalty of adding a year of required schooling before graduation.  Enrollment into Kindergarten prior to the first grade must remain optional for parents.

AB 713 would decrease beneficial parental contact with their children.  An extra year 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.

***** ***** ***** *****

C.  Background

Under AB 713, parents who would have chosen to delay their child’s entrance into formal education and skip Kindergarten, would be forced to choose between either:
(a) starting their child’s formal education one year earlier, before they feel it is best for their child, or
(b) graduating their child a year later than they would under current law.

This is because 13 years of schooling would be required under AB 713 rather than the current 12 years of schooling.

The requirements of AB 713 would apply to all pupils in both public schools and in private schools, including homeschools.

Advocates of extending government control of all children from birth would be able to use passage of AB 713 as an incremental step toward establishing seamless, cradle-to-grave government-controlled education and development programs for all children.

Passage of AB 713 would be followed by the next incremental legislative step — making institutionalized preschool (pre-Kindergarten) for every 3 and 4 year-old child universally available to all children and then the next step – making it universally mandatory for every 3 and 4 year-old child.

Summary:

*   Rushing children into formal education by effectively lowering the age at which children begin formal education by mandating Kindergarten would exact a heavy toll on the development of many children and would weaken the role of parents in their lives.  This is diametrically opposed to the message parents are routinely given, that parents need to be more involved in their children’s lives.  However, parents cannot be more involved when the state either encourages or requires children to be with their parents for less time.  Research supports later rather than earlier entry of children into institutionalized settings for educational development to be the most beneficial.

*   AB 713 encroaches on the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children.  It ignores the long-standing presumption that parents act in the best interest of their children, by requiring parents to enroll their children in Kindergarten rather than allowing them the choice specified in current law.  It disregards the parent’s understanding of what would be the best course of action for his own child’s education and development.  It is a detrimental one-size-fits-all mandate that would be forced upon all children by the government.

***** ***** ***** *****

Permission given to forward this Action Alert unaltered to your friends, church, school, and group.

***** ***** ***** *****

This Action Alert was sent out by:

Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce
Family Protection Ministries
PO Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648

For information on how to contact your state assembly member and state senator, please visit: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

***** ***** ***** *****

SB 277 Vaccine Law – No Change This School Year

We are not attorneys and we are not giving out legal advice. HSLDA is available to answer legal questions for their members.

SB 277 will not go into effect until July 1, 2016. That means no changes in the mandatory vaccination law for this new 2015-2016 school year, this fall. The current mandatory vaccination law and forms used this past year will continue to be in effect until July 1, 2016.

Children enrolled in a home-based private school or any other type of school will need to have the personal beliefs exemption form CDPH 8262 signed by an authorized health care provider and filed to be exempt from vaccines required for school attendance for this new 2015-2016 school year, which for most people begins August or September of this year, 2015.

We and HSLDA will be researching and providing information on how this new law (which goes into affect next year) will affect private homeschoolers.

This document is not intended to be, nor does it constitute the giving of legal advice. If you have further specific questions regarding this or any other legal issue please contact HSLDA as a member (540) 338-5600 or http://www.hslda.org.

 

Oppose Mandatory Kindergarten – Call Senate Appropriations Committee

JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – July 28, 2015
From:  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA

Bill:  AB 713 (as recently amended) Mandatory Kindergarten
Author:  State Assembly Member Weber

Position:  Strongly OPPOSE

AB 713 is set to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee after the Legislature’s summer recess. If passed by the Appropriations Committee, AB 713 will be voted on by the whole Senate before being sent to the Governor.

Quickly pass this alert on to others who might respond and then take the suggested action below.

Summary of Concern:

Under current law, parents can choose to have their child skip kindergarten and begin at the 1st grade.  AB 713 would eliminate this current parental choice by mandating that every child attend kindergarten for one school year before they could be admitted to the first grade.  This would go into effect at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. AB 713 is an incremental step toward lowering the compulsory school age and expanding government control over children from birth to adulthood.

***** ***** ***** *****
Information Included In This E-mail:

A.  Action Item
B.  Opposition Points
C.  Background
D.  Summary

***** ***** ***** *****

A.  ACTION Items:

The most critical action items are at the top of this list. Please move down the list and complete as many additional items on the list as you can. Always contact legislators as a parent and citizenDo not call or write as a homeschooler.

1) Call Immediately (By 4pm next Thursday, August 6th) the member of the Senate Appropriations Committee according to the first letter of your Last Name as indicated in the alphabetized list below. It is best to call between 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Tell them:

“Please vote no on AB 713 as amended. I oppose mandatory Kindergarten. Please keep Kindergarten voluntary.”

2) Please also consider calling some or all of the rest of the Senate Appropriations Committee members on the list below. Be sure to call the Senator who represents your district if they are a member of this committee. Please use this link to find out which Senator is representing your district: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.

Senate Appropriations Committee

A-B
Ricardo Lara, Chair
Phone: 916-651-4033

C-E
Patricia C Bates, Vice Chair
Phone: 916-651-4036

F-H
Jim Beall
Phone: 916-651-4015

I-L
Jerry Hill
Phone: 916-651-4013

M-Q
Connie M Leyva
Phone: 916-651-4020

R-S
Tony Mendoza
Phone: 916-651–4032

T-Z
Jim Nielsen
Phone: 916-651–4004

Notes:

  • Always contact legislators as a parent and citizen.  This bill affects all families with children.
  • This is not an exclusively homeschool issue. Do not call or write as a homeschooler.
  • Do not disclose the source of this Alert. All bills are available on the Internet.
  • Pass this on to your friends, church, school, and group.
  • Pray for a proper outcome.

 

***** ***** ***** *****
B.  Opposition Points:

AB 713 would damage children.  Beginning formal education at age 5 or younger causes unintended harmful consequences to children, some of which last a lifetime.  Research* indicates that early formal childhood education not only causes both physical and behavioral long-term problems but that it also does not improve the child’s potential for being a better student later on.

Research http://www.childandfamilyprotection.org/Early-Childhood-Education-Research-Summaries.html demonstrates that:

Gains experienced by children who began their formal education at age 5 (or younger) disappear in just a few years. 

These same children, however, experience long-lasting adverse effects on their physical, behavioral, and educational development, including life-long vision impairment, and for many, detriments to mathematics and nonacademic readiness skills.

Boys are especially damaged by early entrance (age 5 and younger) into formal education. Boys’ cognitive and verbal skill development significantly lags behind that of girls at this age. As a result, boys do not do as well in the early years, at which time many experience failures leading to frustration, and for some, substance abuse and later criminal behavior.

 

For the sake of your own children, every parent should read “Early Childhood Education: Research Summaries of the Effects of Universal Kindergarten” Updated 2014 at http://www.childandfamilyprotection.org/Early-Childhood-Education-Research-Summaries.html.

AB 713 would diminish the parental rights of all parents.  Under AB 713, parents who choose to delay their child’s entrance into kindergarten would be forced to undergo a time and financial penalty of adding a year of required schooling before graduation.  Enrollment into kindergarten prior to the first grade must remain optional for parents.

AB 713 would decrease beneficial parental contact with their children.  An extra year 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.

***** ***** ***** *****
C.  BACKGROUND

Under AB 713, parents who would have chosen to delay their child’s entrance into formal education and skip kindergarten, would be forced to choose between either:

(a) starting their child’s formal education one year earlier, before they feel it is best for their child, or
(b) graduating their child a year later than they would under current law.

This is because 13 years of schooling would be required under AB 713 rather than the current 12 years of schooling.

The requirements of AB 713 would apply to all pupils in both public schools and in private schools, including homeschools.

Advocates of extending government control of all children from birth would be able to use passage of AB 713 as an incremental step toward establishing seamless, cradle-to-grave government-controlled education and development programs for all children.

 

Passage of AB 713 would be followed by the next incremental legislative step — making institutionalized preschool (pre-kindergarten) for every 3 and 4 year-old child universally available to all children and then the next step – making it universally mandatory for every 3 and 4 year-old child.

D.  SUMMARY:

*   Rushing children into formal education by effectively lowering the age at which children begin formal education by mandating Kindergarten would exact a heavy toll on the development of many children and would weaken the role of parents in their lives.  This is diametrically opposed to the message parents are routinely given, that parents need to be more involved in their children’s lives.  However, parents cannot be more involved when the state either encourages or requires children to be with their parents for less time.  Research supports later rather than earlier entry of children into institutionalized settings for educational development to be the most beneficial.

*   AB 713 encroaches on the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children.  It ignores the long-standing presumption that parents act in the best interest of their children, by requiring parents to enroll their children in Kindergarten rather than allowing them the choice specified in current law.  It disregards the parent’s understanding of what would be the best course of action for his own child’s education and development.  It is a detrimental one-size-fits-all mandate that would be forced upon all children by the government.

***** ***** ***** *****

Permission given to forward this Action Alert unaltered to your friends, church, school, and group.

***** ***** ***** *****

This Action Alert was sent out by:

 

Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce
Family Protection Ministries
PO Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648

For information on how to contact your state assembly member and state senator, please visit: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

***** ***** ***** *****

Oppose Mandatory Kindergarten – Call Senate Education Committee

JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – July 6th, 2015
From:  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA

Bill:  AB 713 (as recently amended) Mandatory Kindergarten
Author:  State Assembly Member Weber

Position:  Strongly OPPOSE

AB 713 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, July 8th, then AB 713 will be voted on by the whole Senate before being sent to the Governor.

Quickly pass this alert on to others who might respond and then take the suggested action below.

Summary of Concern:

Under current law, parents can choose to have their child skip kindergarten and begin at the 1st grade.  AB 713 would eliminate this current parental choice by mandating that every child attend kindergarten for one school year before they could be admitted to the first grade.  This would go into effect at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.

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Information Included In This E-mail:

A.  Action Item
B.  Opposition Points
C.  Background
D.  Summary

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A.  ACTION Items:
The most critical action items are at the top of this list. Please move down the list and complete as many additional items on the list as you can. Always contact legislators as a parent and citizenDo not call or write as a homeschooler.

 

1) Call Immediately (By 4pm this Tuesday, July 7th) the member of the Senate Education Committee according to the first letter of your Last Name as indicated in the alphabetized list below. It is best to call between 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Tell them:

“Please vote no on AB 713 as amended. I oppose mandatory Kindergarten. Please keep Kindergarten voluntary.”

2) Please also consider calling some or all of the rest of the Senate Education Committee members on the list below. Be sure to call the Senator who represents your district if they are a member of this committee. Please use this link to find out which Senator is representing your district: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.

Senate Education Committee

A-B
Carol Liu (Chair)
916-651-4025

C-D
Sharon Runner (Vice Chair)
916-651-4021

E-G
Marty Block
916-651-4039

H
Loni Hancock
916-651-4009

I-K
Connie M. Leyva
916-651-4020

L-M

Tony Mendoza
916-651-4032

N-R
William W. Monning
916-651-4017

S-T

Dr. Richard Pan
916-651-4006

U-Z
Andy Vidak
916-651-4014

Notes:

  • Always contact legislators as a parent and citizen.  This bill affects all families with children.
  • This is not an exclusively homeschool issue. Do not call or write as a homeschooler.
  • Do not disclose the source of this Alert. All bills are available on the Internet.
  • Pass this on to your friends, church, school, and group.
  • Pray for a proper outcome.

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B.  Opposition Points:

AB 713 would damage children.  Beginning formal education at age 5 or younger causes unintended harmful consequences to children, some of which last a lifetime.  Research* indicates that early formal childhood education not only causes both physical and behavioral long-term problems but that it also does not improve the child’s potential for being a better student later on.

Research http://www.childandfamilyprotection.org/Early-Childhood-Education-Research-Summaries.html demonstrates that:

Gains experienced by children who began their formal education at age 5 (or younger) disappear in just a few years. 

These same children, however, experience long-lasting adverse effects on their physical, behavioral, and educational development, including life-long vision impairment, and for many, detriments to mathematics and nonacademic readiness skills.

Boys are especially damaged by early entrance (age 5 and younger) into formal education. Boys’ cognitive and verbal skill development significantly lags behind that of girls at this age. As a result, boys do not do as well in the early years, at which time many experience failures leading to frustration, and for some, substance abuse and later criminal behavior.

For the sake of your own children, every parent should read “Early Childhood Education: Research Summaries of the Effects of Universal Kindergarten” Updated 2014 at http://www.childandfamilyprotection.org/Early-Childhood-Education-Research-Summaries.html.

AB 713 would diminish the parental rights of all parents.  Under AB 713, parents who choose to delay their child’s entrance into kindergarten would be forced to undergo a time and financial penalty of adding a year of required schooling before graduation.  Enrollment into kindergarten prior to the first grade must remain optional for parents.

 

AB 713 would decrease beneficial parental contact with their children.  An extra year 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.

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C.  BACKGROUND

Under AB 713, parents who would have chosen to delay their child’s entrance into formal education and skip kindergarten, would be forced to choose between either:
(a) starting their child’s formal education one year earlier, before they feel it is best for their child, or
(b) graduating their child a year later than they would under current law.

This is because 13 years of schooling would be required under AB 713 rather than the current 12 years of schooling.

The requirements of AB 713 would apply to all pupils in both public schools and in private schools, including homeschools.

Advocates of extending government control of all children from birth would be able to use passage of AB 713 as an incremental step toward establishing seamless, cradle-to-grave government-controlled education and development programs for all children.

Passage of AB 713 would be followed by the next incremental legislative step — making institutionalized preschool (pre-kindergarten) for every 3 and 4 year-old child universally available to all children and then the next step – making it universally mandatory for every 3 and 4 year-old child.

D.  SUMMARY:

*   Rushing children into formal education by effectively lowering the age at which children begin formal education by mandating Kindergarten would exact a heavy toll on the development of many children and would weaken the role of parents in their lives.  This is diametrically opposed to the message parents are routinely given, that parents need to be more involved in their children’s lives.  However, parents cannot be more involved when the state either encourages or requires children to be with their parents for less time.  Research supports later rather than earlier entry of children into institutionalized settings for educational development to be the most beneficial.

*   AB 713 encroaches on the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children.  It ignores the long-standing presumption that parents act in the best interest of their children, by requiring parents to enroll their children in Kindergarten rather than allowing them the choice specified in current law.  It disregards the parent’s understanding of what would be the best course of action for his own child’s education and development.  It is a detrimental one-size-fits-all mandate that would be forced upon all children by the government.

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Permission given to forward this Action Alert unaltered to your friends, church, school, and group.

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This Action Alert was sent out by:

Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce
Family Protection Ministries
PO Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648

For information on how to contact your state assembly member and state senator, please visit: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

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URGENT Alert: SB 277 Call Your Assembly Member

JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – June 8th, 2015

From:  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA

Bill:  SB 277 (Pan and Allen) as recently amended

Subject: Eliminates the personal beliefs exemption to required vaccinations

Position:  Strongly OPPOSE

Your action is urgently needed – see below!

SB 277 is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Health Committee tomorrow, Tuesday, June 9th.  This will be the last committee hearing on SB 277.  If it passes out of this committee, there could be a vote by the whole Assembly as early as the afternoon on the same day.  If passed by the Assembly, SB 277 will be sent to the Governor for his approval.

This is a fundamental parent’s rights issue.  Because of opposition from good people like you, SB 277 has gotten more attention in our State Capitol than any other bill in the last several years. We will continue to closely monitor SB 277 and keep you informed when any future action is needed.

Information Included In This E-mail:

A.   Status

B.   Summary of Concern

C.   Action Items

D.   Opposition Points to Share with Legislators  

E.   Background Information

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A.  Status:

SB 277 will be heard by the Assembly Health Committee on June 9th and possibly voted on by the whole Assembly later the same day.

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B.  Summary of Concern:

SB 277 eliminates the current right of parents to exempt their child from one or more of the vaccinations required for school enrollment.

SB 277 would take away the historic parental right to independently make informed voluntary decisions regarding the health care of their children, including the choice of which vaccines, if any, their children will receive.  This is known as “informed consent”.

SB 277 has been amended to exclude pupils enrolled in home-based private schools from the required vaccinations.  However, nothing would stop our Legislature from removing this exclusion in future legislation.  The amendments to this bill could be changed or deleted at any time.

SB 277 needs to be defeated because of its threat to the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children.

We must continue to stand firm and be persistent in our opposition to SB 277!

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C.  Action Items:

1. CALL Immediately (no later than Tuesday – June 9th by 4pm) the member of the California State Assembly, which represents your district.  Please use the following link to find out which Assembly Member is representing your district: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

After determining who your State Assembly Member is, use the following link to find their Telephone number: http://bit.ly/1F1N5P9 .  Scroll down to find your State Assembly Member and call the phone number listed under their name.

Ask them to “Please vote no on SB 277.  I oppose removing the personal beliefs exemption to vaccines.”

2. Write Governor Brown — Ask that the Governor:

“Please VETO SB 277.  I oppose removing the personal beliefs exemption to vaccines.”

Mail your letter to:

Governor Jerry Brown

c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173

Sacramento, CA 95814

Since emails are usually ignored, and faxes are often converted to emails, you can never be sure that your fax or email will ever be seen or read by anyone.  Letters are the most effective way to influence the Governor at this point.

Notes:

•   Always contact legislators as a parent and citizen.  This bill affects all families with children.

•   This is not an exclusively homeschool issue.  Do not call or write as a homeschooler.

•   Do not disclose the source of this Alert.  All bills are available on the Internet.

•   Pass this on to your friends, church, school, and group.

•   Pray for a proper outcome.

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D.  Opposition Points to Share with Legislators:

SB 277 significantly diminishes parental rights, religious liberties, and personal conscience liberties.  It imposes a requirement that will take away the right of a parent to exempt their child from any or all vaccinations required for school enrollment.

Current law already allows for non-vaccinated students to be restricted from attending a school while there is an outbreak of particular communicable diseases.

SB 277 is a violation of the fundamental right of parents to direct the care and upbringing of their children.

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E.  Background Information:

The following are additional but important details related to the bill.

Under current law, a parent may exempt their child from any or all vaccines required for school attendance, by using the “personal beliefs exemption”.

SB 277 would delete from California law the “personal beliefs exemption” from required vaccinations.

SB 277 would erode the traditional and God-given right of parents to make voluntary decisions in the best interest of their children in all health care decisions.

All parents should be able to voluntarily choose: (1) which medical service to use for the life and health of their dependent children, (2) which provider they use for that service, and (3) which sources of information to use regarding any medical service/intervention and service provider(s).

It is wise for parents to aggressively seek out good information from multiple sources, concerning the risks of and alternatives to any medical care, procedure or treatment, prior to making a decision concerning a medical service (intervention, care, costs, etc., including every vaccination) for their child.

We are not taking a position on vaccinations.  For more information and resources on benefits and dangers of vaccinations please visit: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources .

Currently, the majority of information provided about vaccinations is heavily weighted toward sending a message that all vaccines work and are good for your children with only rare and temporary discomfort.  Very little, if any, information is sent from most medical, media, and government sources on facts concerning why some vaccines have a lower rate of conferred immunity.  Nor is information made readily available regarding the harmful and sometimes deadly or permanently disabling effects of particular vaccines due to their contents, and how and when and under what conditions they are given.  Very few studies have been done on the long-term effects of vaccines.

Vaccination Risks

In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe.” Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC, 131 S. Ct. 1068, 179 L.Ed.2d 1 (2011).   See additional information at: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources and http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/data.html .

Medical Exemptions

Under SB 277, the only way a child could be exempted from one or more required vaccines would be to obtain a medical exemption from a physician, which is difficult to obtain.  Medical exemptions are usually given for only one vaccine at a time.  They are only given after a serious reaction has already occurred from a previous vaccine or a physician determines that a vaccine is contraindicated due to allergies or some other physical condition of the child.

A medical exemption must be documented by a letter from a physician stating who the exemption is for and for what vaccine.  It must specify whether it is a permanent or temporary exemption.  If temporary, the exemption must state how long the temporary exemption is valid.

Religious Exemptions

No religious exemption would be helpful because almost all parents would be ineligible due to the very narrow restrictions.  These exemptions only apply to those people who are members of a religious institution, denomination, or organized group whose official statement of belief or creed includes a prohibition against ever seeing a doctor or receiving medical treatment of any kind, no matter how serious the health emergency.

Conclusion

SB 277 is a major incremental step toward taking away the right and responsibility of parents to make decisions for the care and protection of their own children in every part of life, including medical care.

Examples of other areas in which parental rights are being undermined include the area of education (we are again battling mandatory kindergarten in a new bill: AB 713), mental health, religion and philosophy of life, social life (can a parent restrict a child from certain things on the internet, friends, books, etc., or any other influences?).  Another example is the recent alarming “medical kidnappings” of minors for medical procedures and treatments forced on children without either permission from their parents or allowing parents to get a second opinion.   For more information on these kinds of parental rights violations visit www.parentalrights.org .

Parents need to understand the bigger picture of what is at stake here.  This isn’t just about vaccines.  Regardless of what we think about any mandatory vaccine, we must protect the rights of parents to direct the care, upbringing, and education of their children.

We must be vigilant to hold our ground against SB 277.  Your help is key to the defense of our freedoms.  Please take the above-suggested action ASAP.  Quickly pass this alert on to others who might respond.

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For more information and resources on benefits and dangers of vaccinations, please visit: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources .

Permission is given to forward this Action Alert unaltered to your friends, church, school, and group.

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This Action Alert was sent out by

Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce

Family Protection Ministries

PO Box 730

Lincoln, CA 95648

For information on how to contact your State Assembly Member and State Senator, please visit: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov .

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