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2/18/2011 4:14:58 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota-- House Bill 1133 Update and Action Request

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South Dakota--House Bill 1133 Update and Action Request

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Senate's other business this week prevented it from voting on HB
1133.

Right now, families are vulnerable to prosecution if they dare teach
their children at home before the local school board has finished its
process--however long it may take--of handling the homeschool
paperwork. HB 1133 closes that window of vulnerability.

There is a strong likelihood that HB 1133 will come up for a vote the
coming week of Feb. 21.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. If you have not already done so, 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

The South Dakota Christian Home Educators organization strongly
supports HB 1133.

Kristin Shippy filed her homeschool form in early November. She heard
absolutely nothing for more than eight weeks. They started
homeschooling immediately, but they were vulnerable to prosecution for
truancy while waiting for bureaucrats to slowly process their
paperwork.

Kristin testified about the terrible bind South Dakota's archaic
"approval" requirement put their family in. Her testimony helped
convince the Senate Education Committee to vote unanimously in favor
of the bill early this week.

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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