From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/7/2007 4:55:26 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota--Call to Stop the Expansion of State Control over Your Children

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

February 7, 2007

South Dakota--Call to Stop the
Expansion of State Control over Your Children

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Your calls are again needed to stop a bill that would expand
compulsory school attendance to a student's 18th birthday.

This will require homeschoolers to notify the state two more years and
be under their supervision.

Senate Bill 199 is presently in the Senate Education Committee, and is
scheduled for a second hearing Thursday, February 8 at 7:45 a.m.

S.B. 199 has been introduced by the Senate Education Committee at the
request of Governor Mike Rounds. The members of the Senate Education
Committee need to hear from families who oppose this expensive and
unnecessary expansion of state control over education. Legislators
need to know that families in South Dakota want to continue to make
their own decisions about work and school choices for children who
have reached the age of 16.

The first hearing on February 6 resulted in a tie vote of 3-3, with
Gray, Knudson, and Olson voting in favor of the bill, McNenny,
Peterson and Jerstad voting against, and Nesslehuf excused.


1. Please call as many members of the Senate Education Committee as
possible and urge them to vote against Senate Bill 199 with this

"Please vote against Senate Bill 199 which would raise South Dakota's
compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18. This bill restricts
the right of parents to choose educational or work options for their
children. This bill will also waste taxpayer dollars in requiring the
attendance of students who are unwilling to remain in school."

Please do not identify yourself as a homeschooling family, since this
issue is broader than just homeschooling.

The contact information for the members of the Senate Education
Committee is as follows:

Senator Bob Gray
Party: Republican
District: 24
Capitol: 605-773-3821

Senator Sandy Jerstad
Party: Democrat
District: 12
Capitol: 605-261-1044

Senator Dave Knudson (Vice Chairman)
Party: Republican
District: 14
Capitol: 605-224-6877

Senator Kenneth McNenny
Party: Republican
District: 29
Capitol: 605-773-3821

Senator Ben Nesselhuf
Party: Democrat
District: 17
Capitol: 605-773-3821

Senator Ed Olson (Chairman)
Party: Republican
District: 20
Capitol: 605-224-6877

Senator Jim Peterson
Party: Democrat
District: 04
Capitol: 605-695-0032

2. Please contact your own state senator and voice your opposition to
Senate Bill 199. To find the name of your state senator, use HSLDA's
Legislative Toolbox at:

To view the text of Senate Bill 199, please visit:


> Raising the compulsory attendance age will not reduce the dropout
rate. In fact, the two states with the highest high school completion
rates, Maryland at 94.5% and North Dakota at 94.7%, compel attendance
only to age 16. The state with the lowest completion rate (Oregon:
75.4%) compels attendance to age 18. (Figures are three-year averages,
1996 through 1998.)

> Twenty-nine states only require attendance to age 16. Older children
unwilling to learn can cause classroom disruptions and even violence,
making learning harder for their classmates who truly want to learn.

> It would restrict parents' freedom to decide if their 16-year-old is
ready for college or the work force. (Some 16-year-olds who are not
academically inclined benefit more from valuable work experience than
from being forced to sit in a classroom.)

> Another significant impact of expanding the compulsory attendance
age would be an inevitable tax increase to pay for more classroom
space and teachers to accommodate the additional students compelled to
attend public schools. When California raised the age of compulsory
attendance, unwilling students were so disruptive that new schools had
to be built just to handle them and their behavior problems, all at
the expense of the taxpayer.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at .


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

-> "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.