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VOLUME XV, NUMBER 4
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JULY / AUGUST 1999
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Cover Story
What Did the Founders Say? A Strategy to Bring Original Intent Back to U.S. Courts

Special Features
House Protects Liberty—When Money Is at Stake

Debate: The Clash of Skill, Wit, and Ideas

PHC Breaks New Ground

Touched By An Angel Responds to Home Schooler’s Concerns

National Center Reports
Straight A’s Bill Introduced

Marriage Penalty Tax Relief

New Plan Allows SSN Alternative for IRS Deductions

The Beginning of the End:National Teaching Certificates and Goals 2000

Military Recuitment of Home Schoolers Increasing

Across the States
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Regular Features
Press Clippings

A Contrario Sensu

Prayer and Praise

Litigation Report

President’s Page

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Home School Heartbeat in South Dakota

Freeman
KVCF
90.5
FM
Gregory
KVCX
101.5
FM
Huron
KVCH
88.7
FM
Rosebud
KOYA
88.1
FM
Sioux Falls
KNWC
1270
am
South Dakota

Second Grade Testing
    Until 1997, fourth, eighth, and eleventh grade home school students submitted to annual testing in compliance with South Dakota Codified Laws Annotated (SDCLA) §13-27-3 and state department of educational and cultural affairs policy. In 1997, however, a new testing statute was adopted, SDCLA §13-3-55. For the first time, testing of second graders was made an issue.
    Because the state attorney general’s office proposed an unconstitutional interpretation of the statute, Home School Legal Defense Association is encouraging our member families to take a cautious approach.
    HSLDA recommends that home school families arrange to have a nationally standardized test administered to second grade children, but not file the scores when applying for the annual excuse from public school attendance. If you receive any response from your local school board on the second grade testing issue, please send it to us immediately and we will deal with each on a case-by-case basis.