From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/2/2011 12:10:51 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota--Urgent: Homeschool Bill Still Needs Your Help

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

South Dakota--Urgent: Homeschool Bill Still Needs Your Help

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Good news! House Bill 1133, which would protect homeschoolers by
making it clear that homeschool paperwork is effective as soon as
filed, passed out of the Education Committee today with overwhelming
support by a vote of 13-1. Your calls made the difference in ensuring
that this bill will make it to the full House of Representatives! At
the hearing itself, Ken Updike and Monica Tanner of South Dakota
Christian Home Educators testified in support of the bill. I also
testified in support of the bill on behalf of HSLDA's South Dakota

This bill was amended in committee in two ways. One amendment
strengthens language making it clear that no action is required on the
part of a school board before a family can start homeschooling. In
addition, committee members agreed to remove the part of the bill that
would have allowed homeschoolers to use a form other than that
provided by the Department of Education. However, the Department
agreed to work with us on removing objectionable parts of its form.

Now that the bill has passed out of committee, the next step is a vote
on the floor of the House of Representatives. Your calls are needed to
your representative to make sure it passes. This bill deserves your


1. Call your representative today and ask him or her to support the
amended version of House Bill 1133 when it comes to the House floor.
Use our legislative toolbox at to find
your representative.

2. Forward this message to any homeschool family who may not be a
member of HSLDA or South Dakota Christian Home Educators (SDCHE).


One family filed their homeschool form in early November. The school
secretary signed to acknowledge receipt. The family heard absolutely
nothing for at least eight weeks.

Another family filed their form and were told they could not take
their children out of public school until the school committee
approved them for homeschooling. They were subsequently told their
paperwork would be denied--for a reason not allowed under law. Then
the school staff "lost" the form. Only after legal intervention did
the school system perform its duty--29 days after the family filed its

Another family filed their form and was told the kids must stay in
public school until the school board took action. The school board
then denied their exemption--for a reason not permitted under law.
Only after legal intervention did the school board reverse its

HB 1133 would put an end to this type of abuse. Your paperwork would
be valid and effective immediately upon filing.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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