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2/8/2010 2:29:54 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota--Calls Needed for Homeschool Scholarship Bill

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South Dakota--Calls Needed for Homeschool Scholarship Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

This Wednesday morning a bill that would allow homeschool students
access to the Opportunity Scholarship will receive its first hearing
in the legislature. For several years, homeschool students have been
locked out of the scholarship because of rules adopted by the South
Dakota Board of Regents.

Your calls right now will help convince members of the committee that
they should vote "yes" on the bill, HB 1160. The House Education
Committee hearing is scheduled to begin at 7:45 a.m. on February 10 in
Room 413 of the South Dakota Capitol.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. If your representative is listed below as a member of the
committee, please call right away and ask him or her to support the
bill. Your message can be as simple as, "Please give homeschool
students access to the Opportunity Scholarship. Vote yes on HB 1160."
Use our Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox to quickly
locate your representative.

2. Come to the hearing Wednesday morning. Your presence will send a
strong message. Better yet, give your own testimony in support of the
bill at the hearing. You don't have to be an expert. Even a simple,
heartfelt explanation could be very persuasive. The "background"
section below provides some useful information.

BACKGROUND

South Dakota Christian Home Educators supports this bill.

The bill would require that a student be homeschooled for two years
prior to applying for the scholarship. The student would need a score
of 26 on the ACT test or 1200 on the SAT test (math plus verbal) while
being homeschooled.

The legislature created the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship
program in 2003. Details of how the program was to be implemented,
however, were left to the Board of Regents. Unfortunately, the
regents put rules into force that locked homeschoolers out of the
program. HB 1160 would fix this.

The scholarship can provide $5,000 over four years for a South Dakota
resident attending one of 18 institutions of higher education in South
Dakota. For more details about the program, including other
eligibility rules, go to
http://www.sdbor.edu/OpportunityScholarship/sdos.htm .

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Bolin, Jim (605) 224-4200
Brunner, Thomas (605) 773-3851
Elliott, Elaine (605) 225-7136 (Home number)
Fargen, Mitch (605) 695-0705 (Home number)
Hamiel, Noel (605) 995-5949 (Home number)
Hunt, Roger (605) 224-6877
Killer, Kevin (605) 454-8105 (Home number)
McLaughlin, Ed (Chair) (605) 224-0411
Olson, Ryan (605) 773-3851
Schlekeway, Todd (605) 310-8600 (Home number)
Sly, Jacqueline (605) 381-9116
Sorenson, Oran (605) 594-6319 (Home number)
Thompson, Bill (605) 224-6885
Van Gerpen, Bill (Vice Chair) (605) 224-6877
Vanneman, Kim (60) 773-3851

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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