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1/25/2006 1:57:23 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota--Calls Needed to Protect Homeschool Freedom

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Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Calls are needed immediately to stop Senate Bill 110, which would give
school officials a powerful new tool to force children to stay in
public school systems that are failing them.

If a school official merely files a truancy petition, the family's
right to homeschool disappears--without a trial, and without an
opportunity to defend themselves. They can homeschool only with the
permission of the judge, and he can deny permission for any reason at
all.

Homeschooling instantly changes from a God-given right to a privilege
that hangs on the mood of a judge.

Senate Bill 110 is scheduled for a committee hearing tomorrow, January
26, at 7:45 a.m., before the Senate Education Committee.

Action Requested:

1. If you are represented by any of the senators listed below who are
on the Senate Education Committee please call them immediately and ask
them to oppose Senate Bill 110.

Your message can be based on the points in the "Background" section,
or as simple as: "Please vote against S.B. 110. It is
unconstitutional because it allows a judge to take away a parent's
right to homeschool before a fair trial."

2. Please inform other homeschool families of the danger of this
bill.

Senators:

Sen. Ed Olson (Chair)
Home: 605-996-9009
Capitol: 605-224-6877

Sen. Eric Bogue (Vice-Chair)
Home: 605-739-3201
Business: 605-967-2529
Fax: 605-967-2527

Sen. Jay Duenwald
Home: 605-948-2182
Capitol: 605-224-6877
Fax: 605-948-2182

Sen. Dave Knudsen
Home: 605-338-9431
Business: 605-357-1222
Fax: 605-335-3639

Sen. Clarence Kooistra
Home: 605-594-3833
Capitol: 605-224-5951

Sen. Ben Nesselhuf
Home: 605-624-6178
Business: 605-624-3392

Use our legislative toolbox at http://capwiz.com/hslda/home/ to
determine if one of these is your state senator.

Background:

By forcing an unhappy child to stay in the system that is failing
them, S.B. 110 heartlessly maximizes the likelihood of punishment but
minimizes the opportunity for a student to get a second chance.
Children with bad attendance records may be the children who need
homeschooling the most.

Below are three reasons to oppose S.B. 110:

1. S.B. 110 does not treat all families accused of truancy equally.
If two accused parents decide to take their children out of a public
school that is failing their children and put them in another
educational setting, the parent who wants to put his child in a
private school has an unfettered right. The parent who wants to
provide alternative instruction does not. The judge is not allowed to
substitute his own opinion for the parent's in the first case, but he
would be in the second case. Therefore, S.B. 110 is discriminatory.

2. When a child misses many school days, there is always a reason.
It may be prolonged illness, threats by bullies, intimidation,
humiliation by a teacher, ostracism by fellow students, unmet needs,
or chronic feelings of failure or helplessness. These children may
feel they are being forced into an education that simply does not fit
them. With homeschooling, the education can be tailor-made to fit the
child perfectly. It is heartless to give a judge power to prevent a
student from homeschooling when the parents know it is his very best
hope for a successful education.

3. Some families decide to homeschool after conflicts with school
administrators who often help parents conclude that the public system
is not best for their child. These conflicts sometimes bring threats
of truancy charges. All these families might lose their right to
homeschool under S.B. 110.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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and foreign countries.

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