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4/5/2005 3:41:54 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
North Dakota--Favorable Legislation Signed by Governor

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April 5, 2005


North Dakota--Favorable Legislation Signed by Governor


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

I am pleased to report to you that North Dakota has enacted two bills
having a favorable impact on homeschooling families.

First, on March 22, 2005, the Governor signed into law House Bill 1265
relating to the home education of students with developmental
disabilities. Previously, the only children permitted to be
homeschooled with developmental disabilities were those with autism.
The new law expands the right of parents to teach a child with any
developmental disability in a home education program.

North Dakota still has one of the most restrictive homeschool laws in
the nation, but in the years since the original homeschool law was
enacted in 1989, the Legislative Assembly has demonstrated a
willingness to gradually improve the law. We expect this trend to
continue as homeschoolers persevere in their efforts to gain more
freedom.

The other bill signed into law by the Governor is House Bill 1267
approved on March 4, 2005. This bill complies with the federal
requirements of the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003
relating to social services investigations. This new law requires
social workers, at the initial time of contact with an individual
subject to a child abuse or neglect investigation, to advise the
individual of the specific complaints or allegations made against him.
Additionally, the new law requires social workers to receive training
regarding their legal duties to protect the constitutional and
statutory rights of children and families during investigations and
any treatment provided.

This requirement for the states was placed in federal law at the
request of HSLDA because of the many instances of violations of
parents' and children's rights by social workers during the course of
investigations. This legislation will be beneficial not only to
homeschooling families but to all families having contact with social
services.

Sincerely,


Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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