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1/31/2011 4:44:50 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
North Dakota--Calls Needed on Homeschool Freedom Bill!

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North Dakota--Calls Needed on Homeschool Freedom Bill!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

House Bill 1211, legislation that would significantly improve North
Dakota's homeschool law, is scheduled to be heard by the House
Education Committee tomorrow, February 1, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. in the
Pioneer Room at the Capitol. That's where your help is needed right
now. Members of the committee need to know that you support this bill
and want them to vote for it. Also, your presence at the hearing will
send an even stronger signal of your support for this much-needed
legislation.

House Bill 1211 presents a rare opportunity for home educators in
North Dakota to secure more freedom from unnecessary state control
than ever before. This bill would do the following:

> Make permanent the temporary change made in the law in 2009 which
authorized parents to conduct home instruction at some location other
than their own home;

> Remove all parental qualifications for conducting a home education
program;

> Remove all monitoring of home education programs by state-certified
teachers;

> Create an exemption from standardized testing if the parent has a
philosophical, moral, or religious objection to testing and the parent
is a state-certified teacher, has a bachelor's degree, or has met the
cutoff score of a national teacher examination;

> Remove mandatory assessment of a child by the school district for a
learning disability, regardless of what score the child achieves on a
standardized achievement test;

> Remove the requirement of a remediation plan filed with the public
school superintendent for students who score below the 30th percentile
and do not have a learning disability; and

> Simplify the means by which a homeschool student may obtain a
diploma from a school district, nonpublic school, or the North Dakota
Center for Distance Education by providing that the student need only
meet the issuing entity's requirements.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please call and/or e-mail as many members of the House Education
Committee as possible and urge them to vote in favor of House Bill
1211 with this message or something similar in your own words:

"Please vote for House Bill 1211 which would modernize North Dakota's
homeschool law to bring it in line with the majority of states.
Homeschooling parents have earned the right to less state oversight of
their instructional programs."

2. Please attend the House Education Committee hearing at the State
Capitol in Bismarck tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

3. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact members of the committee with
this same message and to attend the hearing.

The members of the House Education Committee are as follows:

RaeAnn Kelsch, Chairman (R-34) rkelsch@nd.gov
Lisa Meier, Vice Chairman (R-32) lmeier@nd.gov
Lyle Hanson (D-12) lhanson@nd.gov
Joe Heilman (R-45) jaheilman@nd.gov
Brenda Heller (R-33) bheller@nd.gov
Bob Hunskor (D-6) bhunskor@nd.gov
Dennis Johnson (R-15) djohnson@nd.gov
Karen Karls (R-35) kkarls@nd.gov
Corey Mock (D-42) crmock@nd.gov
Phillip Mueller (D-24) pmueller@nd.gov
Karen Rohr (R-31) kmrohr@nd.gov
David Rust (R-2) drust@nd.gov
Mark Sanford (R-17) masanford@nd.gov
Mike Schatz (R-36) mischatz@nd.gov
John D. Wall (R-25) jwall@nd.gov

You can also leave a message for your state representative with the
legislative telephone message center at 1-888-NDLEGIS (635-3447) or
701-328-3373 (local).

To view the text of House Bill 1171, please visit
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10146

BACKGROUND:

Forty-one states do not require homeschooling parents to possess a
high school diploma or GED. Only nine states require parents to have
a high school diploma or GED before they can teach their children at
home. Studies conducted on homeschooling have concluded that there is
little statistical difference between the academic performance of
children whose parents have not finished high school and those who
have a college education. Most significant, homeschool students whose
parents are high school dropouts have average test scores higher than
those of public school students. North Dakota is the only state in the
national requiring homeschooling parents to be monitored by a
state-certified teacher in any instance.

According to a study conducted by Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home
Education Research Institute, the degree of governmental regulation
had no significant effect on the academic performance of
homeschoolers. Whether a state imposed a high degree of regulation,
low regulation, or no regulation, homeschool student test score
averages were nearly identical. Such regulations may be legitimately
questioned since there is no apparent benefit to student learning.

Let your voice be heard today!


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
Senior Counsel
HSLDA

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