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3/21/2011 4:22:54 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
North Dakota--Calls Needed Today on Homeschool Bill!

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North Dakota--Calls Needed Today on Homeschool Bill!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

On Wednesday of this week at 9:45 a.m., the Senate Education Committee
will hold a hearing on the amended version of House Bill 1211,
legislation that would preserve the improvements to North Dakota's
homeschool law enacted in 2009. Your calls and emails are needed to
let members of the committee know that home educators want this bill
to be passed.

On February 15, 2011, the House Education Committee approved an
amended version of House Bill 1211. Unfortunately, the committee
stripped from the bill everything proposed by the North Dakota Home
School Association except the improvements to the law enacted in 2009.
But even the amended version is favorable to homeschoolers, because
unless it passes, the law will revert to what it was prior to 2009.
This would mean that parents with a high school diploma or GED must
once again be monitored by a state-certified teacher during the first
two years of homeschooling, and home education would have to be
conducted only in the child's home. On February 22, 2011, the full
House passed the amended version by a vote of 75 to 19 and sent it to
the Senate.

Members of the Senate Education Committee need to hear from you right
now!

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please call and/or e-mail all members of the Senate Education
Committee and urge them to vote in favor of the amended version of
House Bill 1211 with this message or something similar in your own
words:

"Please vote for the amended version of House Bill 1211 which would
remove the sunset clauses from the law enacted in 2009 and make the
changes permanent."

2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact members of the committee with
this same message.

3. Please attend the Senate Education Committee hearing in the
Missouri River Room at the Capitol Building in Bismarck on Wednesday,
March 23, 2011, at 9:45 a.m. to demonstrate your support of this bill.

The members of the Senate Education Committee are as follows:

Layton Freborg - Chairman
lfreborg@nd.gov

Donald Schaible -- Vice Chairman
dgschaible@nd.gov

Tim Flakoll
tflakoll@nd.gov

Joan Heckaman
jheckaman@nd.gov

Gary A. Lee
galee@nd.gov

Larry Luick
lluick@nd.gov

Richard Marcellais
rmarcellais@nd.gov

You can also leave a message for your state senator with the
legislative telephone message center at 1-888-NDLEGIS (635-3447) or
701-328-3373 (local).

To view the text of House Bill 1211, please visit
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10652 .

Let your voice be heard today!


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
Senior Counsel
HSLDA

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