From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/1/2013 4:30:46 PM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
South Dakota: Calls Needed for Access to Opportunity Scholarship

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

South Dakota: Calls Needed for Access to Opportunity Scholarship

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Good news! House Bill 1128 passed the House Education Committee. It is
now scheduled for a vote on the House floor February 4. This bill will
give homeschoolers fair access to the South Dakota Opportunity
Scholarship. Your representatives need to hear from you in support of
this bill before they cast their vote!

This bill brings fairness back to the scholarship and helps South
Dakota economically by encouraging bright homeschool students to stay
in the state for college--which is a major factor in where they will
eventually settle down and contribute to the economy.

Action Requested

Call your South Dakota Representative before 2:00 on Monday, February
4 to ask him or her to support House Bill 1128.

Your message can be as simple as: "Please vote yes on HB 1128. Please
give homeschoolers fair access to the Opportunity Scholarship."

Check here to find out the
name and contact information of your South Dakota representative. Some
districts have two representatives; if yours has two, please call


In 2010, the South Dakota Legislature passed a bill to give
homeschoolers access to the Opportunity Scholarship. The scholarship
can provide $5,000 over four years for a South Dakota resident
attending one of 18 institutions of higher education in South Dakota.
To find out more about the scholarship, click here: .

However, this bill did not create a level playing field for
homeschooled students. Current law requires higher ACT or SAT scores
for homeschoolers than it does for public school students; this bill
eliminates this requirement (but homeschoolers would need to
demonstrate "college readiness" on all four ACT subtests). See HSLDA's
article from April 2010 about
the inequitable rules of this scholarship.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

P.S. If you are not yet a member of HSLDA and would like to help us
fight for greater homeschool freedom in South Dakota please visit

-> How long are you in for?

Some families are facing what seems like a lifelong commitment to
homeschooling, with children at both ends of the spectrum -- some
graduating and some just reaching school age. If you're going to
be "in" for a while, consider a lifetime membership with HSLDA.
It's a good deal for families with more than 10 years of
homeschooling ahead.

More reasons to join HSLDA...

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