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2/11/2009 9:43:07 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
North Dakota--Calls Needed to Support Homeschool Freedom!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

February 11, 2009

North Dakota--Calls Needed to Support Homeschool Freedom!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Did you know that North Dakota is the only state in the Union that
requires homeschooling parents to be monitored by a state-certified
teacher? House Bill 1171 would remove this requirement from state
law, but your calls are needed to get this bill through the North
Dakota Legislative Assembly.

Not only would House Bill 1171 eliminate monitors, it would also
remove all parental qualifications for conducting a home education
program, thereby bringing North Dakota in line with the vast majority
of states. This bill would also delete the requirement that all
instruction take place in the home, so that parents may have increased
flexibility in conducting their educational programs.

Please contact your senators and representatives today and urge them
to support this much-needed legislation.

(1) Please call and/or email your state representative and state
senator and urge them to vote in favor of House Bill 1171 with this

"Please vote for House Bill 1171 which would modernize North Dakota's
homeschool law to bring it in line with the majority of states.
Homeschooling parents have earned the right to less state oversight of
their instructional programs."

(2) Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact their state representatives
and state senators with this same message.

You can find the name and telephone number of your state
representative and state senator by going to the North Dakota
legislature's website at

To view the text of House Bill 1171, please visit

Forty-one states do not require homeschooling parents to possess a
high school diploma or GED. Only nine states require parents to have
a high school diploma or GED before they can teach their children at
home. Studies conducted on homeschooling have concluded that there is
little statistical difference between the academic performance of
children whose parents have not finished high school and those who
have a college education. Most significant, homeschool students whose
parents are high school dropouts have average test scores higher than
those of public school students.

According to a study conducted by Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home
Education Research Institute, the degree of governmental regulation
had no significant effect on the academic performance of
homeschoolers. Whether a state imposed a high degree of regulation,
low regulation, or no regulation, homeschool student test score
averages were nearly identical. Such regulations may be legitimately
questioned since there is no apparent benefit to student learning.

Let your voice be heard today!


Dewitt T. Black, III
Senior Counsel

-> Who are the nation's best lobbyists?

We don't know that this has ever been determined; but we do know
that HSLDA's National Center for Home Education is the only
national organization lobbying on behalf of homeschoolers on
Capitol Hill.

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