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2/12/2013 4:29:10 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota: Calls Needed for Access to Opportunity Scholarship

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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

A vote on a bill that will give homeschoolers fair access to the
state's Opportunity Scholarship will take place very soon. We need
your calls in support!

House Bill (HB) 1128 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.

Right now, homeschoolers must score a 28 on the ACT college admission
test to qualify for this college scholarship program. Others must
score only a 24. This is not fair. HB 1128 changes the overall
qualifying score for homeschoolers to 24, the same as others.

Action Requested

Call your South Dakota Representative right away 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: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17184 . Some
districts have two representatives; if yours has two, please call
both.

Background

We had originally thought the vote would take place on February 4,
right after the favorable committee vote. It was postponed, however,
so the financial impact of the bill could be reviewed.

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:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17185

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: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17186

HSLDA and South Dakota Christian Home Educators are united in
supporting this bill.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

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 click
here: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17081

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-> 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...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1936

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