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AB 186 will lower the Compulsory School Attendance Age in Nevada from 7 to 5 years old!
February 15, 2017
Dear Concerned Citizens,
By way of introduction, Nevada Homeschool Network (NHN) advocates for Nevada families who have chosen to direct the education of their children. In this capacity, we are writing today about AB 186. Among other things, AB 186 will lower the compulsory attendance age for entry into school from 7 to 5 years of age. This requirement will apply to all children, whether their parents plan to send them to public school or private school or homeschool.
We have several concerns with AB 186 as introduced:
- We hold that Nevada parents should decide when their child is ready to attend school, not the government. The current age of 7 gives parents that opportunity. Many children are simply not ready at age 5 or even 6. However, for those parents who wish their child to attend school they may already do so under current Nevada law. “Choice in Education” should include “when” as well as “where”.
- Requiring school districts to provide Pre-Kindergarten in every elementary school usurps local control of education and will create an undue financial burden for Nevada. There are no proven studies showing Early Childhood Education (Pre-K) benefits the long-term educational success of the child.
- Lowering the compulsory attendance age from 7 to 5, with no exemptions for age 5 or 6, may create an undue financial burden on parents who intend to enroll their child in private school but wish to choose to wait until their child turns 7. These parents will now be forced by state law to enroll their child a year or two earlier than planned or submit paperwork to homeschool their child even if they determine their child is not ready for school.
Article II, Section 2 of the Nevada Constitution states, “…the legislature may pass such laws as will tend to secure a general attendance of the children in each school district upon said public schools.” The key here is, “tend to secure” a general attendance which we believe is met under current law.
Therefore, NHN requests the help of all Nevadans to STOP this intrusive surge into what should be a parent’s right to determine when their child is ready to attend school.
What YOU can do now to help!
- Contact your Assemblyman/woman by mail, phone or email:
Assembly Contact info: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Assembly/
Who’s my Legislator? http://mapserve1.leg.state.nv.us/whoRU/
What’s my district? http://mapserve1.leg.state.nv.us/whoRU/
- Please explain in your own words that this bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Diaz is: a huge burden on the Nevada taxpayer, it is not in the Governor’s budget, it will required higher taxes that Nevadan’s can’t afford, it takes away local control of education by mandating school districts to provide Pre-Kindergarten in every school, and it undermines a parent’s right to decide when their child is ready for school.
- Share your opinion on AB 186 on the Legislative Opinion Page.
- Contact NHN and let us know that you agree with us by finding us on Facebook or emailing us . We also need people to meet with Legislators with us as well as attending hearings on this bill. For information on this and other bills affecting homeschool freedom link to our website.