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)

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Other Information Included In This E-mail:

A. Opposition Points
B. Background
C. Summary
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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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.

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

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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FPM Alert: SB 277 Deletes Vaccine Waiver

JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – April 13, 2015
From:  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA
Bill:  SB 277 (Pan) as amended 4/9/15
Subject: Completely eliminates personal beliefs exemption to required vaccinations for school attendance – A threat to parental rights

Position:  Strongly OPPOSE

Your important Phone Calls are urgently needed!

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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 passed the Senate Health Committee on April 8th.  The next hearing is set for this Wednesday, April 15th, 9:00 AM, in the California State Education Committee.

Please come to the hearing if you are able, as a concerned parent, not as a homeschooler.

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B.  Summary of Concern:

SB 277 eliminates the current right for parents to exempt their child from one or more of the vaccinations required for school enrollment.  The personal beliefs exemption is currently the only option available to all parents in California for exempting children from any or all 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 home-based private schools from only some of the required vaccinations.  SB 277 needs to be defeated because of its threat to the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children.

Additionally, nothing would stop our Legislature from removing this partial exclusion for some homeschoolers either before this bill passes or in future legislation.

We must continue to stand firm and oppose this bill for the sake of our immediate and long-term protection of parental rights.

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C.  ACTION Items:

We have prioritized the action items from top to bottom.  The most critical action items are at the top of this list.  As you have time, 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 – No later than 4pm on Tuesday, April 14th, call 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 SB 277 (by Pan), as recently amended because I oppose eliminating this historic right of parents to exempt their children from receiving a vaccine required for school attendance.”

2) PLEASE ALSO CONSIDER CALLING SOME OR ALL OF THE REST OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS ON THE LIST BELOW.

3) WRITE YOUR STATE SENATOR

a) Please write and mail a letter to the member of the Senate that represents your district.  Please use this link to find out which Senator is representing your district and his or her district: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.  Please include the following statement in your letter: “Please vote no on SB 277 (by Pan), as recently amended because I oppose eliminating this historic right of parents to exempt their children from receiving a vaccine required for school attendance.”  You may also refer to the “Opposition Points to Share with Legislators” for additional ideas that you could add to your letter.

b) Please fax a copy of your letter to the Senate Education Committee at (916) 445-7799.

c) Please fax a copy of your letter to every member of the Senate Education Committee.  See their fax numbers in the list below.

Notes:

•   Always contact legislators as a parent and citizen.  This bill directly 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.

For Action Items #1 above, please call the member of the Senate Education Committee according to the first letter of your last name, as indicated in the following list.  If the Senator representing your district is in the following list please call them first.  Then please also call as many others on this list as you can.

California State Senate Education Committee

A-B
Carol Liu (Chair)
Phone: 916-651-4025
Fax: 916-651-4925

C-D
Bob Huff (Vice-Chair)
Phone: 916-651-4029
Fax: 916-651-4929

E-G
Marty Block
Phone: 916-651-4039
Fax: 916-651-4939

H-K
Loni Hancock
Phone: 916-651-4009
Fax: 916-651-4909

L-M
Connie M. Leyva
Phone: 916-651-4020
Fax: 916-651-4920

N-R
Tony Mendoza
Phone: 916-651-4032
Fax: 916-651-4932

S-T
Richard Pan, M.D.
Phone: 916-651-4006
Fax: 916-651-4906

U-Z
Andy Vidak
Phone: 916-651-4014
Fax: 916-651-4914

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D.  Opposition Points to Share with Legislators:

SB 277 is a threat to parental rights, religious liberties, and personal conscience liberties.  It imposes a requirement that will take away the current guaranteed 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 upbringing of their children.

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

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.

If SB 277 passes, all children would be required to be vaccinated with all required vaccines regardless of their risks and what the parents strongly believe is in the best interest of their child’s health and survival.  It would delete from California law the “personal beliefs exemption” from vaccinations.  This eliminates the right of a parent to make decisions about whether or not to vaccinate their child based on their own personal beliefs about what is best for their child.

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.  SB 277 undermines this fundamental right.

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 service, prior to making a decision concerning a medical service (intervention, care, costs, etc.) 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 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.

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 present or future religious exemption will be helpful because almost all parents are 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 are the recent alarming “kidnappings” of minors for medical procedures and treatments forced on children without permission from their parents.   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 individual rights of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children.

This bill is a further government effort to take over what has historically been a parent’s right and responsibility – to make voluntary informed decisions that they deem are in the best interest of their minor child, concerning every area of their child’s life, including medical care.  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.

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

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.

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

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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Oppose Mandatory Kindergarten – Calls Needed

JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – April 2, 2015
From:  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA

Bill:  AB 713 (by Weber) as recently amended
Makes Kindergarten Mandatory

Position:  Strongly OPPOSE

Status:  In Assembly Education Committee. Hearing set for Wednesday, April 8th.

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.  If AB 713 were to pass, it 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.

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 over all children from birth will 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.

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Information Included In This E-mail:

A.   Action Item
B.   Opposition Points
C.   Summary

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 A.   Action Item:

CALL IMMEDIATELY (no later than 4:30 Tuesday – April 7th) the member of the Assembly Education Committee according to the first letter of your Last Name as indicated in the alphabetized list below.

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

Notes:

*   Call as a parent and citizen.  This bill directly affects all families with young children.
*   Emails are a waste of time as they are rarely read in Legislative offices.
*   Do not disclose the source of this Alert.  All bills are available on the Internet.
*   Calls are most effective in this time-limited situation.
*   Pass this on to your friends, church, school, and group.
*   Pray for a proper outcome.

For Action Item above, please call the member of the Assembly Education Committee according to the first letter of your last name as indicated in the following list:

(If you can, call as many people on this list as possible especially if one of the members is your State Assembly Member. To find out who your State Assembly Member is, click here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov .)

A-B
Patrick O’Donnell
Phone: 916-319-2070
Fax: 916-319-2170

C-E
Rocky Chávez
Phone: 916-319-2076
Fax: 916-319-2176

F-H
Young O. Kim
Phone: 916-319-2065
Fax: 916-319-2165

I-L
Kevin McCarty
Phone: 916-319-2007
Fax: 916-319-2107

M-Q
Miguel Santiago
Phone: 916-319-2053
Fax: 916-319-2153

R-S
Tony Thurmond
Phone: 916-319-2015
Fax: 916-319-2115

T-Z
Shirley N. Weber
Phone: 916-319-2079
Fax: 916-319-2179

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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 will 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.   SUMMARY:

*   Rushing children into formal education by effectively lowering the age at which children begin formal education by mandating Kindergarten will exact a heavy toll on the development of many children and will 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, in order 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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Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce
Family Protection Ministries
PO Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648

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Action Alert: SB 277 Deletes Vaccine Waiver

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JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – March 31, 2015
From:  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA

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Bill:  SB 277 (Pan) as introduced 2/19/15
Subject: Completely eliminates personal beliefs exemption to required vaccinations for school attendance – A threat to parental rights

Position:  Strongly OPPOSE

Your important Phone Calls are urgently needed!

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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:
Hearing set for Wednesday, April 8th, 1:30 PM, in the California State Senate Health Committee (Room 4203).
Please come to the hearing if you are able, as a concerned parent, not as a homeschooler.

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B. Summary of Concern:

SB 277 eliminates the current right for parents to exempt their child from one or more of the vaccinations required for school enrollment. The personal beliefs exemption is currently the only option available to all parents in California for exempting children from any or all of the vaccinations required for school enrollment.SB 277 would apply to all pupils enrolled in a public or private school (including home schools).

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”.

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C.  ACTION Items:

We have prioritized the action items from top to bottom. The most critical action items are at the top of this list. As you have time, please move down the list and complete as many additional items on the list as you can.

1) CALL IMMEDIATELY – No later than 4pm on April 7th, call the member of the Senate Health 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, Monday-Friday.

TELL THEM:
“Please vote no on SB 277 (by Pan) because I oppose eliminating this historic right of parents to exempt their children from receiving a vaccine required for school attendance.”

2) PLEASE ALSO CONSIDER CALLING SOME OR ALL OF THE REST OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS ON THE LIST BELOW.

3) WRITE YOUR STATE SENATOR

a) Please write and mail a letter to the member of the Senate that represents your district. Please use this link to find out which Senator is representing your district and his or her district: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov. Please include the following statement in your letter: 
“Please vote no on SB 277 (by Pan) because I oppose eliminating this historic right of parents to exempt their children from receiving a vaccine required for school attendance.”

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

b) Please fax a copy of your letter to the Senate Health Committee at (916) 266-9438.

c) Please fax a copy of your letter to every member of the Senate Health Committee. See their fax numbers in the list below.

Notes:

*   Always contact legislators as a parent and citizen.  This bill directly 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.

For Action Items #1 above, please call the member of the Senate Health Committee according to the first letter of your last name, as indicated in the following list. Please also call as many others on this list as you can.

 

California State Senate Health Committee

 

A-B
Ed Hernandez, O.D.
Phone: 916-651-4022
Fax: 916-651-4922

C-D
Janet Nguyen
Phone: 916-651-4034
Fax: 916-651-4934

E-G
Isadore Hall III
Phone: 916-651-4035
Fax: 916-651-4935

H-K
Holly J. Mitchell
Phone: 916-651-4030
Fax: 916-651-4930

L-M
William W. Monning
Phone: 916-651-4017
Fax: 916-651-4917

N-R
Jim W. Nielsen
Phone: 916-651-4004
Fax: 916-651-4904

S-T
Richard Pan, M.D.
Phone: 916-651-4006
Fax: 916-651-4906

U-W
Richard D. Roth
Phone: 916-651-4031
Fax: 916-651-4931

X-Z
Lois Wolk
Phone: 916-651-4003
Fax: 916-651-4903

 

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D.  Opposition Points to Share with Legislators:
SB 277 is a threat to parental rights, religious liberties, and personal conscience liberties. It imposes a requirement that will take away the current guaranteed 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 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.

If SB 277 passes, all children would be required to be vaccinated with all required vaccines regardless of their risks and what the parents strongly believe is in the best interest of their child’s health and survival. SB 277 would apply to all pupils enrolled in a public or private school (including home schools). It would delete from California law the “personal beliefs exemption” from vaccinations. This eliminates the right of a parent to make decisions about whether or not to vaccinate their child based on their own personal beliefs about what is best for their child.

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. SB 277 undermines this fundamental right.

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 service, prior to making a decision concerning a medical service (intervention, care, costs, etc.) 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 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.

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 andhttp://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 present or future religious exemption will be helpful because almost all parents are 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 are the recent alarming “kidnappings” of minors for medical procedures and treatments forced on children without permission from their parents.  For more information on these kinds of parental rights violations visitwww.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 individual rights of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children.

This bill is a further government effort to take over what has historically been a parent’s right and responsibility – to make voluntary informed decisions that they deem are in the best interest of their minor child, concerning every area of their child’s life, including medical care. 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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H.R. 1153 Offers Asylum to Homeschoolers

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LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – March 3, 2015

From:  Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce — Family Protection Ministries

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We have a God-given responsibility to help our brothers and sisters in the Lord when their very freedom to do what God has called them to is being attacked by their own governments. Please read and take action on the following HSLDA alert.

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***FROM THE HSLDA ELERT SERVICE***

Call Congress to Stand for Freedom

Take Action

Please call your U.S. representative and ask him or her to support the homeschool asylum language in H.R. 1153. You can reach your representative by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, or by using HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Amid the immigration debate in Washington, D.C., legislation is pending that will make it possible for families who are treated harshly over homeschooling to find refuge in the United States. The legislation was developed by HSLDA along with supportive members of Congress in the wake of the Romeike family’s 2013 asylum case. The bill has been introduced as H.R. 1153, the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2015, and is scheduled for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee this week.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT), joined by original cosponsor Daniel Webster (FL) and Rep. Robert Goodlatte (VA), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, have included specific language that would allow up to 500 grants of asylum to families fleeing homeschool persecution. The Romeike family would be able to reopen their case under the proposed law. The bill, which includes other changes to the Immigration and Nationality Act, including ordering the U.S. Attorney General to hire at least 50 more immigration judges, would make it easier for families who are treated harshly because of homeschooling to be granted asylum.

The bill explicitly refers to homeschooling as a particular social group and specifies that a person is “deemed” to be eligible for asylum if he or she is persecuted for homeschooling or if the person resists anti-homeschooling laws in his country of origin.The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to discuss the bill on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

 

Take Action

Please call your U.S. representative and ask him or her to support the homeschool asylum language in H.R. 1153. You can reach your representative by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, or by using HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox.

Click here for more background information.

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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

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