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2/9/2011 4:31:44 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota--Your Calls Needed to Senate Committee for HB 1133!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

South Dakota--Your Calls Needed to Senate Committee for HB 1133!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your phone calls are needed now to support HB 1133! This bill would
bring South Dakota into the national mainstream by allowing families
to initiate homeschooling without waiting for government "approval."

The bill has come out of the House, and it will probably have a
hearing next Tuesday or Thursday morning in the Senate Education

Your phone calls could prove crucial in convincing the senators on the
committee that this bill should become law.


1. If your senator is on the Senate Education Committee, call your
senator--see the list below. Use our legislative toolbox at to find out who your senator is.

2. Please contact the chairman of the Senate Education Committee
whether or not your senator is on the committee.

3. Your message can be as simple as, "Please support HB 1133 as
amended. It protects parents' rights by allowing them to start
homeschooling when they choose, without fear of prosecution and
without government red tape delays."

4. Make plans to attend the hearing. A big turnout from homeschoolers
will send a powerful message to the committee! We will let you know as
soon as a definite date is set.


Senate Education Committee Chairman

Cooper Garnos (Chair)
(605) 773-3821

Senate Education Committee members

Jim Bradford
(605) 685-4241

Bob Gray
(605) 773-3821

J. Mark Johnston (Vice Chair)
(605) 929-5592

Timothy Rave
(605) 360-7190

Todd Schlekeway
(605) 310-8600


If a hearing is held next week, it will probably be on Tuesday or
Thursday morning. No phone calls are needed to Elizabeth Kraus
(Meade, Pennington area). She is on the Senate Education Committee,
but she is a sponsor on the bill, so we know she supports it.

One family filed their homeschool form in early November. The family
heard absolutely nothing for more than eight weeks. They started
homeschooling immediately, but they could have been prosecuted for
truancy while waiting for bureaucrats to process their paperwork.

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. Then they were told their paperwork
would be denied--for a reason not allowed under law. Then the school
staff "lost" the form. After legal intervention, the school system
performed its duty--29 days after the family filed its form!

Another family filed their form and were 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. It should not take an
act of a school board before parents can exercise their right to
choose their child's education!

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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