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Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Act NOW to stop costly Federal preschool bills

Action is needed now to stop a harmful early education bill, H.R. 2343, the Education Begins at Home Act. Despite the bill’s seemingly homeschool-friendly title, the legislation is actually yet another “big government” encroachment into the sphere of education.

H.R. 2343 seeks to expand the Head Start Early Home Visitation program to supposedly “educate” parents of children from infants to 5-year-olds on parenting strategies. If passed, this bill would literally open the door for government employees to enter private homes to impose unelected officials’ educational agendas, which may prove offensive and contrary to many families’ moral and religious beliefs. Although at this point enrollment in the home visitation program is voluntary, government programs almost always grow beyond their original scope when bills are amended.

This intrusive and unnecessary legislation comes at a whopping starting cost of more than $190 million—a burden that will be incurred by already struggling American taxpayers.

Action Requested

Please call your U.S. representative today and urge him or her to oppose H.R. 2343, the Education Begins at Home Act. It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler. You can say something as simple as the following:

“I am a constituent and I strongly oppose H.R. 2343. The government should not be involved in funding questionable early education programs, especially at a time of financial uncertainty when our hard-earned tax dollars could be better spent elsewhere.”

You can reach your U.S. representative by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, or by using our Legislative Toolbox.

This bill has been placed on the House calendar and could come up for a vote anytime this week, or even during the weekend as Congress rushes to finish legislative priorities before they adjourn.

Background

For more information on H.R. 2343 and the dangers of early education, please visit our online bill page.

Sincerely,

J. Michael Smith
HSLDA President

http://www.hslda.org/Legislation/National/2007/HR2343/default.asp Action Requested
Please call your U.S. representative today and urge him or her to oppose H.R. 2343, the Education Begins at Home Act. It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler. You can say something as simple as the following:

“I am a constituent and I strongly oppose H.R. 2343. The government should not be involved in funding questionable early education programs, especially at a time of financial uncertainty when our hard-earned tax dollars could be better spent elsewhere.”

You can reach your U.S. representative by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, or by using our Legislative Toolbox.

This bill has been placed on the House calendar and could come up for a vote anytime this week, or even during the weekend as Congress rushes to finish legislative priorities before they adjourn.

Background:
When H.R. 2343 was initially introduced, HSLDA opposed this bill because many of the provisions in H.R. 2343 were similar to provisions in the now-dead Goals 2000 (more information is available under the “Goals 2000” link below).

H.R. 2343 expands programs of early childhood home visitation, child abuse and neglect prevention, and early identification of developmental and health delays including potential mental health concerns, and for other purposes. Many of these provisions would increase the federal government’s role in these programs as well as increase government funding to these programs.

HSLDA was especially concerned with parts of this bill that further expand the Head Start program as well as create voluntary home visits. Additionally, the bill could lead to policies similar to the controversial “Parents as Teachers” program. Section 9 of this bill, entitled “Supporting new parents through hospital education,” sets up detailed government training of parents. This could be interpreted as mandating parenting classes for new parents.

On Wednesday, June 11, 2008, William Estrada, HSLDA Director of Federal Relations, testified before the House Committee on Education and Labor in opposition to this legislation. Following his testimony, HSLDA was able to work with Committee Chairman George Miller to amend H.R. 2343 so that parents would not be forced to sign a document indicating their decision to opt out of government-approved parenting classes. The amendment is a substantial improvement to the legislation, as the government will now have significantly less leverage to coerce parents into taking their classes. HSLDA will continue to track this legislation as it moves into the House.

 

E-lert—Sept. 25, 2008—Act Now to Stop Costly Federal Early Education Spending Bill

Smother Mother Strikes Again: Why Government Should Stay out of Pre-K

Education Begins at Home Act (H.R. 2343): Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

 

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