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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, update 8/20/14

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 passed the State Assembly and Senate and has been sent to the Governor for his signature.

CHN joins many other Homeschooling groups in opposing this bill, including HSLDA, HSC, Roy Hanson - Family Protection Ministeries, and CHEA.  Please call the Governor and ask him to veto AB 1444.  The following information about the bill and how to contact Governor Brown is provided courtesy of Roy Hanson.

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*JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT - August 20, 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 Both the State Assembly and the State Senate Aug. 20th

*Now On Governor's Desk For Signature to Become Law or For his Veto*

*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 AB 1444 would require 13 years of schooling rather than
the current 12 years of required 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 over 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.

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. Finally,
the last step would be to make institutionalized preschool
(pre-kindergarten) 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 Governor Brown IMMEDIATELY at **(916) 445-2841. *It is best to
call between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

*Ask that the Governor:*

"Please VETO AB 1444. I oppose mandatory kindergarten. Please keep
kindergarten voluntary."

Notes:

* *Call as a parent and citizen. *This bill directly affects all
families with young children.
* It is always best to call between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.
* Emails are a waste of time as they are rarely read in the Governor's
office.
* *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.

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*B. Opposition Points:*

*AB 1444 would damage children. *Beginning formal education at age 5 or
younger causes unintended harmful consequences, 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 begin their formal education at age
5 (or younger) disappear in just a few years, when compared to those
children who begin later. *

*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. Consequently, boys
do not do as well as girls in the early years, at which time many
experience failures leading to frustration, chronic misbehavior or
withdrawal, and for some, substance abuse and later criminal behavior.

For the sake of their 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 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 program 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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