[Ed. note: Updated below!]
Unreal. I’m going to find out who inserted this positively hostile language into (Rep. Maynard Wallace did it) SB 291. From Homeschool Legal Defense Association:
HSLDA Members and Friends, We urgently need your attendance at a rally tomorrow on the steps of the Capitol in Jefferson City at 1 p.m. to stop an extremely serious threat that has emerged with literally no warning. There is no time for phone calls or emails to be effective. We need thousands of homeschoolers physically present tomorrow! This dramatic threat would massively increase government control over homeschooling. Every homeschooled child (except those in St. Louis City)–whether 16, 17, 18, 19, or 20– would be subject to compulsory school attendance until they could prove to the state’s satisfaction that they had completed “sixteen credits towards high school graduation.” This would suddenly give the state power to control and define what a homeschool “credit” is. It would immediately give the state power to control what is required for homeschool graduation. This would destroy liberty for homeschoolers in Missouri on an unprecedented scale and cause unimaginable problems. ACTION REQUESTED We need 5,000 homeschoolers tomorrow at 1 p.m. on the steps of the Capitol in Jefferson City to send a message: VOTE NO ON S.B. 291. Car pool if possible to make parking easier for others. Forward this to other homeschoolers. BACKGROUND The legislature closes this Friday. This bill could be voted on late Thursday or Friday. S.B. 291 posed no threat to homeschoolers until it was very recently amended to add the credit and graduation provision. Immediate action is required. Families for Home Education (FHE) joins HSLDA in calling for this rally. Brad Haines of FHE will lead the rally. This is our hour of need. Can you set everything else aside for freedom and be ready in a minute, like the minutemen of old?
I’m hearing from EXCELLENT sources in Jefferson City that this will be killed.
All updates and sensitive info after the jump.