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3/16/2010 9:48:30 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota: Scholarship Equity Bill Passes!

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South Dakota: Scholarship Equity Bill Passes!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Thank you for your calls!

On Thursday, the House and Senate both passed a slightly modified
version of HB 1160, the Scholarship Equity Bill (including a delayed
effective date), and it has been delivered to the governor for his
signature. There were no opposing votes in the Senate, and only 10
"nays" in the House.

This is a major step forward toward restoring fairness in the South
Dakota Opportunity Scholarship.

Previously, a student wanting access to the scholarship was required
to take all the courses mandated for graduation in the state's
"distinguished high school program." A student wanting access would,
in effect, have the content of his homeschool program come under the
control of the state. Passage of HB 1160 creates a welcome alternate
pathway without government micromanagement of homeschool course
content.

The alternate pathway requires:

(1) An ACT total score of 28, together with the following separate
scores: English, 18; reading, 21; math, 22; and science, 24; OR

(2) an SAT verbal-math score of 1250 and also "markers in reading,
writing, mathematics and science" high enough that remediation is not
necessary.

This alternate pathway is automatically available to anyone not
meeting the "distinguished high school program" course requirements.
It is not necessary for the Board of Regents to determine that any
individual student "cannot" meet the requirements, as the first
version of the bill provided.

After the governor signs the bill, the Board of Regents will have an
opportunity to draft new rules. HB 1160 will go into effect July 1,
2013.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call, write, or email your senator and representative and thank
them for supporting HB 1160. Pray that any new rules that come from
the Regents will be sensible and consistent with the legislature's
intentions.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
Senior Counsel

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