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2/24/2006 10:49:17 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota--Update: Compulsory Attendance Bills Defeated

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February 24, 2006

South Dakota--Update: Compulsory Attendance Bills Defeated

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

Your calls made a tremendous difference. The bill that would have
subjected 16 and 17-year-olds to compulsory attendance, House Bill
1235, was soundly defeated in the Senate Tuesday. The bill that would
have subjected 5 and 6-year-olds to compulsory attendance was defeated
in the Senate yesterday.

H.B. 1235 had significant momentum. It was requested by the governor,
and sailed through a House committee, the full House, and Senate
committee. Finally, after an outpouring of your calls, a motion on
the Senate floor to pass the bill failed by a vote of 11 to 23.

H.B. 1234 was defeated in Senate committee earlier, but a sly
application of a procedural rule forced the committee to report it to
the Senate floor. With your calls pouring in, the Senate did the
right thing and voted down this bill.

Thanks in part to your hard work, the freedom of parents to decide the
best way to prepare older teens for adult responsibilities, and the
freedom to decide whether 5 and 6-year-olds should begin formal
education, has been preserved for another year.

The Alternative Instruction Association also worked very hard to
defeat these bills. The contributions of the organization and its
members, and particularly President Jim Trimble and legislative
representative Mark DeVries, were vital.

Homeschool organizations are the only organized groups in the nation
protecting families from annual efforts to expand the compulsory
attendance age. Your efforts are a tremendous blessing not only to
the homeschool community, but to all parents.

Sincerely,


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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