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3/12/2007 10:53:22 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
North Dakota: Bad Changes to Homeschool Bill

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March 12, 2007

North Dakota: Bad Changes to Homeschool Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Here we go again! Senate Bill 2371, which started off as a good bill,
then was amended to become a bad bill, then amended again to become a
good bill as it passed the North Dakota Senate, has become a bad bill
again. The House Education Committee changed the bill last week to
make it completely unacceptable to homeschoolers. Your calls to state
representatives are crucial to stopping this bad legislation.

As originally introduced, Senate Bill 2371 would have changed the law
to permit grandparents and foster parents to homeschool, to clarify
that homeschool students only have to take the basic battery of
standardized tests, and to permit parents to choose a test that was
not nationally normed. As now amended, the bill would not even permit
grandparents to homeschool and also does the following:

> Requires monitoring by a certified teacher to continue beyond two
years if the student scores below grade level or below the 50th
percentile in any subject;
> Imposes monitoring for one year on any family at the family's
expense if the superintendent of public instruction determines that
the family has violated any provision of the homeschool law;
> Requires testing in grades 3, 4, 6, 8, and 11 with the state
assessment or with a nationally normed standardized achievement test;
> Requires the parent choosing a standardized achievement test to pay
for the cost of having the test administered in all cases;
> If a remediation plan is implemented because of a low test score,
the student must continue to be evaluated for progress by the
superintendent until the student scores "above the lowest achievement
level on every subject tested on the state assessment, a score at or
above the thirtieth percentile on every subject tested on a nationally
normed standardized achievement test" or a score demonstrating one
year of academic progress.

North Dakota already has the third most restrictive law in the nation.
As presently written, Senate Bill 2371 would make it even worse.

The full House may vote on this bill at any time, probably Tuesday or
Wednesday. Please contact your state representative TODAY!

REQUESTED ACTION:

1. Please call your state representative as soon as possible with this
message:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 2371 as it was amended by the House
Education Committee. As passed by the Senate, it would have simply
permitted grandparents to homeschool their grandchildren. The
grandparent provisions have now been stripped from the bill, and it
would impose unreasonable monitoring and testing requirements on
homeschool students unlike any other state in the nation."

You can find the name and telephone number of your state
representative by using HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3874 .

2. Please forward this email to every homeschooling family you know
who is not a member of HSLDA and urge them to contact their state
representative.


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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