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2/19/2013 4:54:27 PM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
South Dakota: Please Call for Scholarship Fairness Bill!

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South Dakota: Please Call for Scholarship Fairness Bill!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Scholarship Fairness Bill, HB 1128 faces a crucial test in the
South Dakota Senate early Thursday morning in a committee hearing.
Your calls are needed urgently!

Action Requested

Today (Tuesday) or tomorrow (Wednesday), please call your South Dakota
state senator and 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."

Remember that your senator may not yet know anything about the bill,
so be prepared to give a short explanation. In its current form, the
bill lowers the qualifying ACT score for homeschoolers from 28 to
26--which is much closer to the score of 24 which public school
students must achieve.

Check here http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17264 to find out the
name and contact information of your South Dakota state senator.

Background

The Opportunity 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=17265 .

This bill will help the South Dakota economy by encouraging bright
homeschooled kids to go to college in state--making it more likely
that they will make South Dakota their long-term home.

Some argue that public school kids "deserve" the scholarship more than
homeschoolers because public school kids must take a "rigorous
curriculum" and homeschoolers are not mandated to do that. However,
the whole point of a "rigorous curriculum" is to produce learning!
Learning can be measured generally by tests. If a homeschooler scores
a 26 on the ACT that is solid proof that his curriculum was at least
as rigorous as a public school student who scores only a 24. The
proof is in the result!

Furthermore, homeschoolers will still be held to certain minimum
"college readiness" scores within each of the four ACT subtest areas
(math, science, English, writing), and public school students will
not. This bill gets us much closer to a truly level playing field,
but our kids will still be proving more when they qualify.

The bill was approved by the House last week. If the bill is approved
in the Senate committee Wednesday morning, it will quickly move to the
Senate floor, so it is vital that all senators hear from their
constituents promptly.

HSLDA and South Dakota Christian Home Educators are united in
supporting this bill. Representative Lance Russell, the bill's chief
sponsor, is doing an excellent job moving this bill toward enactment.

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=17266

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