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2/19/2010 4:32:12 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota--Call Committee to Support Scholarship Equity Bill

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South Dakota--Call Committee to Support Scholarship Equity Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Calls are needed right away to support HB 1160, the Scholarship Equity
Bill. The bill passed the House on Tuesday by a 42-24 margin, but now
it faces a hearing in the Senate Education Committee Tuesday, Feb. 23,
at 8 a.m. in Room 423 in the Capitol in Pierre.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call your senator if he or she is on the committee. 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."

Use our Legislative Toolbox to identify your senator at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .

If you or a loved one were rejected for an Opportunity Scholarship
because of homeschooling, consider coming to the hearing to testify
about your experience.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Garnos, Cooper (Chair)
605-773-3821

Gray, Bob
605-773-3821

Jerstad, Sandy
605-261-1044

Knudson, Dave (Vice Chair)
605-224-6877

Nesselhuf, Ben
605-773-3821

Olson, Russell
605-773-3821

Peterson, Jim
605-695-0032

BACKGROUND

When passed in 2003, the law gave the regents enough "wiggle room" to
lock homeschoolers out of the program. HB 1160 mandates that the
regents open the door to homeschoolers.

In recognition that homeschoolers follow highly individualized
programs, HB 1160 provides for alternative instruction students to be
exempted from the detailed high school course credits currently
required. On the other hand, the bill requires that homeschool
students score higher on the ACT college admission test--26 (85th
percentile) as opposed to 24 (75th percentile) for others.

It is vitally important that we push for passage of HB 1160. It will
open the door. Passage this year will give us the opportunity to open
the door even wider in subsequent years.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
Senior Counsel

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