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1/24/2012 1:06:34 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota: Call Immediately to Prevent Harmful Change to Homeschool Law

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South Dakota: Call Immediately to Prevent
Harmful Change to Homeschool Law

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

A lawyer who represents several public school districts, Dick Tieszen,
is expected to try to amend a pending bill tomorrow morning in a way
that would harm homeschoolers. He will ask that the power of revoking
a certificate of exemption be taken away from local school boards and
given to the state Department of Education.

The power to revoke a certificate of exemption has rested with local
school boards for decades. This time-tested system has worked
reasonably well over the years. Allowing school boards to make the
decision, rather than the state, creates the opportunity for local
input based on local knowledge of individual situations.

The underlying bill, HB 1005, will not be a problem for
homeschoolers--it may even be helpful. But the Tieszen amendment will
be very problematic. Centralizing the important power to revoke to the
state level could threaten homeschoolers in the long run. It reduces
local input and concentrates power into fewer and fewer hands.

ACTION REQUESTED

To see who your representative is use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13508 If he or she is on the list
below, call and ask your representative to oppose the Tieszen
amendment.

Your message can be as simple as:

"Please vote NO on the Tieszen amendment to HB 1005. Please protect
local enforcement of the homeschool laws."

BACKGROUND

HB 1005 as originally drafted contained three sections. Sections 1
and 3 were not problematic, and possibly even helpful. But Section 2
would have harmfully changed the way appeals were handled.

However, at the request of SDCHE and HSLDA, the Department of
Education has agreed to amend the bill and drop Section 2. Once the
department's amendment is adopted, HB 1005 should be a good bill.

However, if the Tieszen amendment is adopted, it would turn HB 1005
into a very bad bill.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Brunner, Thomas, Chair
Home 605-257-2336
Capitol 605-773-3851

Elliott, Elaine
Home 605-225-7136
Capitol 605-773-3851

Haggar, Jenna
Home 605-610-9779
Capitol 605-773-3851

Hunt, Roger
Home 605-582-3865
Capitol 605-773-3851

Jones, Tom
Home 605-310-4171
Capitol 605-773-3851

Killer, Kevin
Home 605-454-8105
Capitol 605-773-3851

Lucas, Larry
Home 605-856-2439
Capitol 605-773-3851

Miller, Patty
Home 712-490-6644
Capitol 605-773-3851

Perry, Tad
Home 605-494-0192
Capitol 605-773-3851

Schaefer, James
Home 605-869-2357
Capitol 605-773-3851

Sly, Jacqueline, Vice Chair
Home 605-343-4956
Capitol 605-773-3851

Stricherz, Patricia
Home 605-201-6372
Capitol 605-773-3851

Tulson, Burt
Home 605-785-3480
Capitol 605-773-3851

Vanneman, Kim
Home 605-842-2751
Capitol 605-773-3851

Venner, Mark
Home 605-224-5755
Capitol 605-773-3851

Thank you for standing with us for liberty!

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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