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2/26/2007 11:45:54 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
North Dakota--Calls Needed to Stop Curriculum Bill

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February 26, 2007

North Dakota--Calls Needed to Stop Curriculum Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Senate Bill 2309 is legislation which would prohibit any North Dakota
student from graduating from high school or being admitted to college
without completing a college preparatory curriculum. This bad bill has
already passed the Senate and is now in the House of Representatives.
Your calls are needed to stop this unreasonable legislation before it
goes any farther!

How will this bill affect homeschoolers if it becomes law? Clearly,
all students in a home education program receiving a diploma from
their local school district, the North Dakota Division of Independent
Study, or a state-approved nonpublic school would have to meet the new
curriculum requirement. Additionally, homeschool graduates receiving a
diploma from their parents and planning to attend college in North
Dakota would have to complete the college preparatory curriculum. The
unreasonable aspect of this proposed law is that even students who
don't have the aptitude to complete a college preparatory curriculum
or any plans to attend college would be required to meet the new
graduation requirement. This is absurd.

This new law could also affect admission to trade schools and
employment opportunities if the schools or employers required high
school diplomas. If only those students who had completed the college
preparatory curriculum were considered to be high school graduates,
then other students would be left out in the cold. (And it gets cold
in North Dakota!)

Let your opposition to this legislation be heard by contacting members
of the House Education Committee. This bill already has a great deal
of momentum, having passed the full Senate. Please contact members of
the committee TODAY!

ACTION REQUESTED:
1. Please call and write as many members of the House Education
Committee as possible and urge them to vote against Senate Bill 2309
with this message:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 2309, which would require all high
school graduates to complete a college preparatory curriculum. This
legislation fails to take into account a student's aptitude for
academic achievement or plans not to attend college. Further, if a
student is not able to complete the graduation requirements, this may
jeopardize employment opportunities and admission to trade schools
requiring a high school diploma."

It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooling family,
since this issue is broader than just homeschooling.

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

Rep. RaeAnn G. Kelsch, (R) - Chairman
(701) 663-0774
Email: rkelsch@nd.gov

Rep. Lisa Meier, (R) - Vice Chairman
(701) 255-4166
Email: lmeier@nd.gov

Rep. C. B. Haas, (R)
(701) 974-3738
Email: chaas@nd.gov

Rep. Lyle Hanson, (D)
(701) 252-4129
Email: lhanson@nd.gov

Rep. Gil Herbel, (R)
(701) 352-2294
Email: gherbel@nd.gov

Rep. Bob Hunskor, (D)
(701) 272-6283
Email: bhunskor@nd.gov

Rep. Dennis Johnson, (R)
No phone number provided
Email: djohnson@nd.gov

Rep. Karen Karls, (R)
(701) 258-6836
Email: kkarls@nd.gov

Rep. Phillip Mueller, (D)
(701) 845-2737
Email: pmueller@nd.gov

Rep. Lee Myxter, (D)
(701) 293-9778
Email: lmyxter@nd.gov

Rep. Dorvan Solberg, (D)
(701) 568-3614
Email: dsolberg@nd.gov

Rep. Gary Sukut, (R)
(701) 572-9607
Email: gsukut@nd.gov

Rep. John D. Wall, (R)
(701) 642-2103
Email: jwall@nd.gov

2. Please forward this email to every homeschooling family you know
who is not a member of HSLDA and urge them to contact members of the
House Education Committee and voice their opposition to this bill.

To view a copy of the text of Senate Bill 2309, go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3787

Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel


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