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3/20/2009 9:31:19 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
North Dakota--Action Needed on Homeschool Freedom Bill!

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March 20, 2009

North Dakota--Action Needed on Homeschool Freedom Bill!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

House Bill 1171, legislation that would remove homeschool monitors and
parental qualifications, is scheduled to be heard by the Senate
Education Committee this coming Wednesday, March 25, at 9:15 a.m. at
the Capitol. That's where your help is needed right now. Senators on
the Committee need to know that you support this bill and want them to
vote for it. Also, your presence at the hearing will send an even
stronger signal of your support for this much-needed legislation.

This bill passed the House on February 18, 2009, so favorable action
by the Senate is all that is needed to get this bill to the governor's
desk. But members of the Senate Education Committee must know how
important this bill is to homeschoolers. Don't wait; contact these
senators today!

ACTION REQUESTED:
(1) Please call and/or e-mail as many members of the Senate Education
Committee as possible and urge them 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 attend the Senate Education Committee hearing at the State
Capitol in Bismarck this coming Wednesday at 9:15 a.m.

(3) Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact members of the Committee with
this same message and to attend the hearing.

The members of the Senate Education Committee are as follows:

Sen. Layton Freborg, Chairman
(701) 442-5712
lfreborg@nd.gov

Sen. Gary Lee, Vice-Chairman
(701) 282-3197
galee@nd.gov

Sen. JoNell Bakke
(701) 775-6031
jbakke@nd.gov

Sen. Tim Flakoll
(701) 367-5954
tflakoll@nd.gov

Senator Ryan M. Taylor
(701) 537-5660
rtaylor@nd.gov

To view the text of House Bill 1171, please visit
http://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/61-2009/bill-text/JASA0200.pdf

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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