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2/8/2006 9:31:43 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota--Calls Needed to Stop Public School-at-Home Program

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February 8, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

Calls are needed immediately to defeat House Bill 1236. This bill
will hurt taxpayers and turn homeschoolers into public school
students.

The bill creates a program in which students receive most of their
instruction through a computer while they are at home, but the local
public school is in full control. It creates a public-school-at-home
program.

Parent-directed home education cost taxpayers nothing, which helps
keep taxes lower for everyone. This bill, however, would pay public
schools for every homeschool student who joins the
public-school-at-home program. The public school would receive the
full per-pupil funding for each student, even though teaching a child
at home costs 75% less than a student taught in a public school
building.

While this bill would create a program that resembles homeschooling,
the public school would be in control of the child's education,
parental rights would be marginalized, and the homeschool student
would become a public school student.

Action Requested:

Please call you state representative immediately. Your message can be
as simple as: "Please vote no on H.B. 1236. It's a classic example of
government overspending. It forces the taxpayer to pay the full
per-pupil amount for an inexpensive home-based education."

To find contact information for your representative, use our
legislative toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .

Background:

1. In other states where public-school-at-home programs have been
created, the schools have heavily or exclusively recruited among
homeschool families to fill their program. Therefore, private
homeschooling, which was previously free to the taxpayer, becomes
expensive taxpayer funded public school in the home.

2. In Kansas, entire homeschool support groups vanished after
intensive recruitment by public-school-at-home programs.

3. In Alaska, parent-directed home education has nearly ceased to
exist because of public-school-at-home programs. In fact,
approximately 80% of homeschoolers are now government homeschoolers.
The main homeschool conventions are government run and the largest
homeschool newsletter is government produced. Of course, there are no
mentions of God or Christianity.

4. Public-school-at-home programs initially lure homeschool families
by the promise of certain "freebies" such as free curriculum and
laptop computers. Also, your children will no longer be considered
private homeschool students, but rather public school students. This
means you waive certain parental rights and agree to homeschool
according to the public school's rules. In other states with similar
"virtual" charter school programs, HSLDA has observed that more and
more regulations are gradually placed on the homeschooler each year.

5. As experienced in other states, public school-at-home programs will
place many restrictions on homeschoolers who participate, and public
school personnel will:

> develop personal learning plans for your children;
> assess your children accordingly;
> require you use a secular curriculum;
> have certified teachers supervise you;
> require your child to participate in all required state
assessments; and
> reduce parents to the role of "learning coach . . . consulting
frequently with public teachers."

5. HSLDA does not accept public-school-at-home families into
membership, because it is not parent-controlled education.

This is not the free, private homeschooling that has been so
successful all these years. This is simply an attempt by the
government to create small public schools in our homes.

Please read the articles on virtual charter schools on our web site
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/C/CharterSchools.asp .

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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