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June 20, 2011

Bad Bill Dies

Senate Bill 930, legislation that would have eliminated a parent’s right to determine whether a 6-year-old must attend school, died in the House of Representatives when the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned on June 8, 2011.

As originally introduced, SB 930 would have eliminated completely the option that parents now have not to send a 6-year-old to school. The amended version of the bill passed by the Senate would have permitted a parent to keep a 6-year-old out of school only if (1) a physician certified that the child should not attend school until age 7 or (2) the child had been identified as having a developmental delay. Even with these exceptions, the parent would not have been permitted to exercise his or her independent judgment as to when a child should begin formal instruction.

Many thanks to Home School Legal Defense Association member families who responded to our legislative e-lerts by contacting their state representatives and expressing opposition to this unwarranted infringement on the right of parents to direct the education of their children. Considering the fact that this bill had passed the Senate by an overwhelming vote of 34 to 1, there is no doubt that your calls and emails made the difference in defeating this bill.

HSLDA worked closely with The Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers (TEACH) in Connecticut to get the word out to homeschoolers about this threat to your freedom. TEACH is a statewide organization committed to furthering the interests of homeschooling families and is worthy of your support.