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1/16/2003 10:20:42 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
North Dakota-- Victory in House Education Committee on HB 1182

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January 16, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Good news! The North Dakota House Education Committee voted
unanimously to defeat House Bill 1182 yesterday. The Committee voted
14-0 to give a "do not pass" recommendation on the bill. While House
Bill 1182 will still go before the entire House, this recommendation
by the Education Committee effectively kills the bill.

HSLDA attorney Dewitt Black testified before the Committee pointing
out that there were two reasons why we opposed this bill. First, it
was a direct violation of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of
2001, which would have placed North Dakota in jeopardy of losing all
federal funding for education. Last year, HSLDA successfully lobbied
Congress to add a provision that prohibited states from mandating
homeschoolers take the state assessments.

Second, this legislation was unconstitutional because it is
fundamentally unfair for the state to test students on course content
they have not been taught. H.B. 1182 would have effectively
eliminated the right of parents in North Dakota to direct the
education of their children.

This victory would not have been possible without the support of
North Dakota homeschooling families, many of whom attended the
Committee meeting. The hearing room was packed to overflowing with
more than 250 homeschoolers. We also thank all of you who called
opposing the bill.

For more background information on this legislation visit our website
at:
http://www.hslda.org/Legislation/State/nd/2003/NDHB1182/default.asp

Very truly yours,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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