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2/24/2009 10:55:28 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
North Dakota--Homeschool Freedom Bill Passes House!

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February 24, 2009

North Dakota--Homeschool Freedom Bill Passes House!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

House Bill 1171, legislation that would remove homeschool monitors and
parental qualifications, passed the House of Representatives on
February 18, 2009, by a vote of 61 to 33. Unfortunately, prior to its
passage the House Education Committee amended the bill to make it
effective only through July 31, 2011. This means that a bill to make
the changes permanent will have to be considered during the 2011
legislative session, assuming the Senate also approves House Bill 1171
this year.

That's where your help is needed right now. Your senators need to
know that you support this bill and want them to vote for it.

Action Requested:
(1) Please call and/or email your state senator and urge him or her to
vote in favor of House Bill 1171 with this message:

"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 senators with
this same message.

You can find the name and telephone number of your state senator by
going to the North Dakota legislature's website at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6153 .

To view the text of House Bill 1171, please visit
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6155 .

BACKGROUND:
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!


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
Senior Counsel
HSLDA

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