From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


1/14/2005 5:00:39 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
North Dakota - Calls Needed to House Education Committee

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

January 14, 2005

North Dakota - Calls Needed to House Education Committee

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Your calls are needed to express support for a bill which would
significantly improve the homeschool law of North Dakota.

This Tuesday, January 18, the House Education Committee will conduct a
hearing on House Bill 1265. This bill would eliminate all monitoring
of homeschooling parents by state-certified teachers. Additionally,
the law would be changed to permit parents to homeschool children who
have developmental disabilities, such as Down's syndrome. These
changes in the law would place North Dakota more in line with the
homeschooling laws of other states.

House Bill 1265 will be opposed at the hearing by officials from the
Department of Public Instruction. Unless your voice is heard, it is
unlikely that this bill will pass out of this committee. I am planning
to attend the hearing and testify in favor it. I hope to see you

Requested Action:

1. Please contact as many members of the House Education Committee as
possible and your own state representative with this message:

"Please vote for House Bill 1265. This bill would bring the homeschool
law of North Dakota more in line with other states by removing
unnecessary restrictions on parents. It would permit parents with a
high school diploma or GED to homeschool their children without being
monitored every week by a state-certified teacher. It would also allow
parents to homeschool their developmentally disabled children, as
every other state permits."

It is not necessary for you to contact the two sponsors of the bill
serving on the House Education Committee: Representative Margaret
Sitte and Representative Lisa Meier. Members of the committee are as

RaeAnn G. Kelsch (R)- Chairman
(701) 220-0003

Dennis Johnson (R) - V. Chairman
(701) 739-9328

C.B. Haas (R)
(701) 974-3738

Lyle Hanson (D)
(701) 251-1654

Kathy Hawken (R)
(701) 293-5483

Gil Herbel (R)
(701) 352-2294

Stacey Horter (R)
(701) 791-2962

Bob Hunskor (D)
(701) 272-6283

Lisa Meier (R)
(701) 255-4166

Phillip Mueller (D)
(701) 435-2737

Mike Norland (R)
(701) 770-1657

Margaret Sitte (R)
(701) 255-4885

Dorvan Solberg (D)
(701) 568-3614

John Wall (R)
(701) 642-2103

You can find the name and telephone number of your state
representative by using HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at

2. Please forward this e-mail to every homeschooling family you know
who is not a member of HSLDA and urge them to contact members of the
committee and their own state representative.

3. Please attend the hearing on the bill at the State Capitol in
Bismarck on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. Your presence will show the
legislators how important this bill is to homeschoolers. The hearing
will be held in the Pioneer Room in the State Capitol Building. For an
update on the location of the hearing, you may contact the North
Dakota Home School Association at (701) 223-4080.


North Dakota is unique in two respects regarding its homeschool law.
First, it is the only state in the nation requiring parents with a
high school diploma or a GED to be monitored by a state-certified
teacher. Second, it is the only state in the nation prohibiting the
homeschooling of children with developmental disabilities, except for
children with autism. Autistic children in North Dakota may be
homeschooled under very restrictive conditions.

Forty-one states do not require homeschooling parents to have a high
school diploma or GED. Nine states, including North Dakota, require
the diploma or GED, but only North Dakota requires weekly monitoring
by a state-certified teacher. Most noteworthy, every study conducted
thus far on homeschooling has found that the formal education level of
teaching parents makes no significant difference in the performance of
their children on standardized tests. These students score on average
15-30 points higher than their public school counterparts.

HSLDA has long taken the position that North Dakota's law prohibiting
the homeschooling of developmentally disabled children is
unconstitutional. We believe this law violates the fundamental right
of parents to direct the education of their children as guaranteed by
the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. We are
eager to challenge this law in court if the North Dakota Legislature
fails to provide relief from this overly restrictive law. However, it
would be much easier on the affected families if the Legislature would
simply fix the law.

From an educational standpoint, there can be little question that the
one-on-one attention given to a developmentally disabled child by a
parent is more effective than a classroom setting. This has been
confirmed in two studies by Steven F. Duvall, P.h. D., a Kansas school
psychologist, who found that there are higher rates of time in
homeschooling where the student is "academically engaged" and
consequently greater academic gains were made by homeschool students
who have learning disabilities.

To view a copy of the text of House Bill 1265, go to

Please call now!


Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

-> "I saved my entire membership fee with one discount"

"When I called Liberty to find out what kind of discount we could
get, they told us we would 10% off our car insurance and 5% off
our homeowner's insurance. What we will save is more than double
what it costs to join HSLDA. With one child getting his driver's
license this year, the savings will be a real blessing!"

More reasons to join HSLDA...

The HSLDA E-lert Service is a service of:

Home School Legal Defense Association
P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, Virginia 20134
Phone: (540) 338-5600
Fax: (540) 338-2733

How To Subscribe:

- Subscribe to the HSLDA E-lert Service at our website:

- Or send an email with name and complete mailing address to:

Subscription Information:

- You subscribed to the HSLDA E-lert Service as:


- To unsubscribe from the HSLDA E-lert Service send an email from
the email address you want to unsubscribe to:

- To change your email address or make other changes to your
subscription, visit the HSLDA E-lert Service account web page at:

POSTMASTERS: This message is being sent to the most recent address we
have for our subscribers. If this is an invalid email address or you
have other problems, please reply to
DISCLAIMER: This is considered a private and confidential message
from HSLDA to its bonafide HSLDA E-lert Service subscribers.
HSLDA cannot attest to the authenticity of copies posted, forwarded,
or sent by any party other than HSLDA.
NOTE: Please do not reply or otherwise use this email address; is for broadcast purposes only and is not intended to
receive incoming messages. We cannot reply to any email sent to this
address. If you have comments or questions, please send email to or call HSLDA at 540-338-5600. HSLDA members can also
email staff directly through the Members website at Thank you for your cooperation.