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6/23/2011 2:41:51 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota--Homeschool Form Being Revised

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South Dakota--Homeschool Form Being Revised

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

As of July 1, the effective date of House Bill 1133, school boards
will no longer have power to approve or disapprove the initiation of a
homeschool program in South Dakota. This is a big step forward for
freedom in South Dakota!

HSLDA and South Dakota Christian Home Educators are currently in
discussions with the South Dakota Department of Education toward
revising the alternative instruction form so it incorporates the
changes brought about through HB 1133 and also corrects a number of
errors that have accumulated in the form over the years.

Formerly, families often tried to submit their form to their local
school board far enough in advance to allow time for the board to
approve their "excuse" before the first day of school. However, board
approval is no longer needed.

Therefore, families no longer need to schedule their filing to allow
time for the school board to take action. You should plan to file the
form some time prior to the first day of school in your area.

Since school boards no longer need to take any action on your form,
you will probably not get any correspondence back after you file. To
make sure you have proof that you filed the form, and protect yourself
against school clerical errors, we recommend that you mail your form
by certified mail, return receipt requested, and keep the postal
receipt when it comes back to you.

The form will not be ready by July 1. Most families can simply wait
until the new form becomes available. But if you think you are in a
unique situation and need individualized guidance, let us know.

Sincerely Yours,
Scott A. Woodruff

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