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If you have information on pending legislation that might affect homeschooling, please email the Legislation Monitoring Committee.

AB 1444 Mandatory Kindergarten

This bill is currently being monitored by CHN. It would affect students in both public and private schools - including homeschools.  Your help will be needed to defeat this bill!  It has already passed the State Assembly and is now in the Education Committee in the State Senate.

CHN joins many other Homeschooling groups in opposing this bill, including HSLDA, HSC, Roy Hanson - Family Protection Ministeries, and CHEA.  Please consider writing or calling your State Senator.  The following information about the bill and how you can help is provided courtesy of Roy Hanson.

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*JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT - June 9th, 2014*

*From:*Roy Hanson -- Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith -- HSLDA

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*Bill: AB 1444*(as amended 4/22/14) *-* *Mandatory Kindergarten*

*Author: *State Assemblymember Joan Buchanan

*Position: Strongly OPPOSE*

*Status: *Passed California State Assembly with 54 out of 80 votes, with
2 Democrats voting against it and two Republicans voting for it.

AB 1444 Is Now In The California State Senate.

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 1444 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 2016-2017 school year.

Under AB 1444, 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 1444
rather than the current 12 years of schooling.

The requirements of AB 1444 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
will be able to use passage of AB 1444 as an incremental step toward
establishing seamless, cradle-to-grave government-controlled education
and development programs for all children.

Passage of AB 1444 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:*

*WRITE**Immediately (this week, June 9-14) *the member of the California
State Senate that represents your district (Not US Senators Feinstein or
Boxer). Please use this link to discover who your *California State
Senator* is:  http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

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Legislators know that every letter they receive represents at least 100
voters in their district who have the same point of view.

Watch for our next Action Alert just before the first hearing in the
State Senate. This next Action Alert will be requesting urgent phone
calls to committee members.

*Suggested Format For Letters:*

The Honorable (first & last name)

California State Senate

State Capitol

Sacramento, CA 95814

Salutation: Dear Senator (last name)

"Please vote no on AB 1444 as amended. I oppose mandatory Kindergarten.
Please keep Kindergarten voluntary."

(You may use one or more of the "Opposition Points to Share with
Legislators" stated below *in your letter* to your California State
Senator.)
Thank you."

Sincerely,

(Your Name) (Be sure to include your full address and print or type your
first and last names.)

Notes:

* *Write 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.

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

* Pray for a proper outcome.

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*B. Opposition Points:*

*AB 1444 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.

*AB 1444 would diminish the parental rights of all parents*. Under AB
1444, 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 1444 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 for
educational development to be the most beneficial.

* AB 1444 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, Director

Family Protection Ministries

PO Box 730

Lincoln, CA 95648

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