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6/1/2004 11:28:35 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota--Calls Needed to Stop Discriminatory Rule

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June 1, 2004


South Dakota--Calls Needed to Stop Discriminatory Rule


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

On Thursday, June 3, the Interim Rules Review Committee (IRRC) will
decide the fate of a proposed regulation that would block all
homeschooled students from enjoying the benefits of Opportunity
Scholarships.

The Opportunity Scholarship Program provides $5,000 over four years to
high achieving South Dakota residents. The Board of Regents, however,
wants a rule that would only allow students who attended an accredited
or approved school to be eligible for the scholarship. This would
exclude homeschool students. The IRRC has the power to stop the
proposed rule or let it go through.

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage highly qualified South
Dakota youngsters to stay in South Dakota for college. The hope is
that if they stay in South Dakota for college, they will build their
future in South Dakota, thus helping ensure a brighter future for all
South Dakota citizens. The discriminatory rule the Board of Regents is
supporting will make many highly qualified students feel unwelcome in
their own state.


ACTION REQUESTED:

1.Please call all the members of the Interim Rules Review Committee
and courteously ask them to reject the definition of "high school"
that the Board of Regents is proposing. Your message can be as simple
as,

" Please reject the Opportunity Scholarship rules the Board of Regents
has proposed. The rules discriminate against homeschool students.
Give homeschool students an equal opportunity. Their parents paid
taxes to create the program!"

Senator Royal "Mac" McCracken (Chair)
Home: 605-341-7583

Senator Eric H Bogue
Office: 605-967-2529
Fax: 605-967-2527

Senator H. Paul Dennert
Home/Business: 605-396-2482

Representative Jean M Hunhoff (Vice Chair)
Business: 605-668-8312
Fax: 605-665-0170

Representative Richard A Engels
Home: 605-528-3644
Business: 605-334-0446
Fax: 605-334-5388

Representative Orville B Smidt
Home: 605-697-5826
Business: 605-697-2000
Fax: 605-697-2002


2.If you know of a South Dakota homeschool student who has just
finished 11th or 12th grade and had an SAT score of 1070 or above or
an ACT of 24 or above, please reply by email. We would like to have a
group of bright homeschool students testify to the Committee on
Thursday.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom and fairness!


BACKGROUND:

Homeschool representatives have spoken with Education Secretary Rick
Melmer and Jim Shekleton, the attorney for the Board of Regents, and
they seem unwilling to consider any definition other than the
discriminatory one the Board of Regents is supporting.

This scholarship was previously known as the Regents Scholarship. It
previously authorized a scholarship worth $6,000, but no money was
actually appropriated.

The scholarship also requires that the students have taken specific
courses in their high school program. Students must maintain a "B"
average in college. Students must have an ACT score of 24 or an SAT
score of 1070 to qualify. There are other requirements for initial and
continuing eligibility.

HSLDA has written a legal memorandum and is providing a copy to each
member of the IRRC explaining how the Regents proposed definition of
"high school" is inappropriate. The IRRC is composed of 3 senators,
three representatives, and the Director of the Legislative Research
Council.


Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney




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