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2/9/2007 5:08:03 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota: Calls Needed to Stop Public School at Home Program

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South Dakota: Calls Needed to Stop Public School at Home Program

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

Calls are needed immediately to defeat House Bill 1266.

Last year citizens put their foot down and halted a powerful effort to
create a wasteful and unnecessary public school at home program. But
half the program was created: the South Dakota Virtual High School
was created in law.

This year they are back asking you, the taxpayer, for money to fund
this unnecessary program. It's time to say NO again!

H.B. 1266 would fund a program that resembles homeschooling, but 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.

Parent-directed home education cost taxpayers nothing, which helps
keep taxes lower for everyone. This bill, however, would force
taxpayers to pay for every homeschool student who joins the public
school-at-home program.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call you state representative immediately. Your message can be
as simple as: "Please vote no on H.B. 1266. It's an example of
government overspending. It forces the taxpayer to overpay for an
inexpensive home-based education. We're already struggling with higher
energy costs and higher taxes. We don't need this."

It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler since this
bill would affect all taxpayers.

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

BACKGROUND

1. H.B. 1266 would give the South Dakota Virtual High School (SDVHS)
the same amount of taxpayer money per virtual student that
bricks-and-mortar schools receive. This is outrageous, because
educating a virtual student costs only a fraction of the cost of a
bricks-and-mortar student. For the student at home, there are no costs
attributable to school buses, school nurses, school building
maintenance, full-time on-site teachers, school cafeteria, school
grounds, etc.

2. We expect that the "profit"--the excess over what it actually
costs to educate a virtual student--will be siphoned off. It will go
either to a for-profit corporation "selling" its services to SDVHS, or
out of public knowledge back into someone's favorite government
program.

3. HSLDA recently surveyed six full-service online high school
programs which included books, computer programs, a full course load,
test grading and transcript service, and full access to teachers. The
average cost was about $2,000. H.B. 1266 would fund the plan at more
than twice that level.

4. H.B. 1266 also provides funding for students who enroll part-time
in brick-and-mortar schools. This is not problematic.

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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