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2/24/2011 5:09:50 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota: HB 1133 Heads to Governor!

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South Dakota--HB 1133 Heads to Governor!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

In an historic vote today, the South Dakota Senate unanimously passed
House Bill 1133, which will put an end to school board involvement in
a family's decision to start homeschooling.

The bill now heads to Governor Daugaard's desk. Upon signature, it
will place South Dakota in the mainstream of states which acknowledge
the right of parents to initiate a homeschool program without waiting
for a school board to take action.

Thank you for your phone calls and other amazing efforts!

ACTION REQUESTED

1. While this bill is the fruit of many efforts, Representative Lance
Russell (R-30, Custer, Fall River, Pennington) deserves a prominent
place in our gratitude. He worked hard on this bill from the very
beginning, and never let up. He could have incurred the wrath of the
powerful education establishment in sponsoring a bill that made it
simpler to start homeschooling. For his courage, commitment, and
diligence, he deserves our thanks. Please consider sending him a
short note of appreciation.

2. South Dakota Christian Home Educators was the moving force behind
the bill. They found an excellent sponsor, and they worked hard to
present powerful testimony during the bill's two hearings. If you are
not a member of SDCHE, please consider joining. They are a strong and
united voice for homeschoolers across the entire state. Your
membership dues of $20 will allow them to continue their important
work. To join, go to:

http://hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=10432

BACKGROUND

Interim Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp worked quickly,
courteously, and professionally with homeschool representatives
throughout the process. She requested a change in the bill as
originally filed. We felt the change was acceptable.

After the amendment, she worked with the South Dakota School Board
Association and subsequently testified in support of the bill during
both committee hearings. I believe she will continue to treat South
Dakota homeschool families fairly.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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