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2/11/2010 5:12:05 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota: Calls Needed Immediately For College Scholarship Access

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February 11, 2010

South Dakota--Calls Needed Immediately For College Scholarship Access

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Calls are needed right away to support HB 1160, the bill that will
give homeschoolers access to the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship
program.

The bill successfully came out of committee on Wednesday, and the full
House could vote on it tomorrow, Friday, February 12, or early next
week. The committee vote was relatively close, so your calls will be
essential in convincing lawmakers that this bill should become law.

Homeschoolers have been barred from this program for too long. It's
time for basic fairness to be implemented.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call your own state representative immediately. Your message
can be as simple as, "Please give homeschool students access to the
Opportunity Scholarship. They deserve basic fairness. Vote yes on HB
1160."

Your representative may not be familiar with the bill yet, so be
prepared to give a quick explanation if the person to whom you speak
seems unfamiliar with it. Be courteous and respectful.

To find your representative and contact information, use our
legislative toolbox: http://hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2

BACKGROUND

South Dakota Christian Home Educators supports this bill.

Georgia and Virginia have similar scholarship programs. They have
developed alternate methods for homeschooled students to qualify that
are similar to HB 1160.

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. This is higher than the scores required for
public school students.

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.

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 .

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.

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