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2/15/2011 4:03:16 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota: HB 1133 Update and Urgent Action Request!

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South Dakota-- HB 1133 Update and Urgent Action Request!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Great news! This morning the Senate Education Committee unanimously
voted to pass House Bill 1133, a bill that would bring South Dakota
into the national mainstream by allowing families to initiate
homeschooling without waiting for government "approval." Thank you for
your calls of support to the members of the Education Committee!

The next step for this bill is a vote on the floor of the Senate,
which could take place as soon as tomorrow (February 16). It's crucial
that you contact your state senator immediately to let him or her know
that this bill should become law.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Call your senator to ask him to vote in favor of HB 1133. Use our
Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10342 to find
out who your senator is.

2. 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."

3. Please pass this message along to other South Dakota homeschoolers!

BACKGROUND

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
decision.

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!

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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