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2/23/2010 5:04:30 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota--Call Your Senator to Support Scholarship Equity Bill

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South Dakota--Call Your Senator to Support Scholarship Equity Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Calls are needed right away to support HB 1160, the Scholarship Equity
Bill. It was approved in Senate committee this morning and will go to
the full Senate very soon!

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call your senator 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."

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

BACKGROUND

An amendment in the Senate committee raises the ACT score a
homeschooler is required to earn from 26 (85th percentile) to 28 (92nd
percentile). Others are required to score only a 24. The amendment
also requires a score in each subtest (math, science, reading,
writing) sufficient to show that remediation is not necessary.

On the other hand, the amendment improves one aspect of the bill. It
creates a blanket exclusion from the detailed course content
requirements that apply to others. Before the amendment, the bill
required a specific "determination" from the Board of Regents before a
homeschooler could be exempted.

When passed in 2003, the law gave the regents enough "wiggle room" to
lock homeschoolers out of the program completely. HB 1160 mandates
that the regents open the door to homeschoolers, even if not as fully
right now as we would like.

Passage of HB 1160 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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