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Oppose Federal Funding for Early Education Programs

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today or tomorrow on H.R. 3221, the “Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009.”

This bill should be opposed for the following reasons:

  • It will create federal funding for state early education programs for children from birth to 5 years old, allowing government officials to make parenting decisions for children in these programs;
  • States may use the funds to create mandatory early education programs, since the bill does not require that the programs be voluntary;
  • The states will have an economic incentive to increase the number of children in early education programs, and may pressure families to enroll their children in these programs;
  • It will greatly increase the size and scope of the federal government’s involvement in education.

You can read HSLDA’s detailed legislative analysis of H.R. 3221 here:  http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6971

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call your U.S. Representative with the following message. There is no need to identify yourself as a homeschooler:

“Please oppose H.R. 3221.  This bill will create new federal funding for early education programs in the states.  The federal government should not expand its involvement in early education programs. Parents, not federal or state officials, should decide what is appropriate for their children.”

You may find the contact information for your U.S. Representative by using HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6972