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This bill would allow a homeschool student to participate in the opportunity scholarship program under certain circumstances.
02/10/2010 Scheduled for hearing
02/10/2010 Education Motion to amend, Passed Amendment 1160ca
02/10/2010 Education Do Pass, Passed, YEAS 9, NAYS 6.
02/11/2010 House of Representatives Deferred to another day, Passed
02/12/2010 House of Representatives Deferred to another day, Passed
02/16/2010 House of Representatives Do Pass, Passed, YEAS 42, NAYS 24.
02/17/2010 First read in Senate and referred to Senate Education
02/23/2010 Scheduled for hearing
02/23/2010 Education Motion to amend, Passed Amendment 1160ce
02/23/2010 Education Motion to amend, Passed, YEAS 6, NAYS 1. Amendment 1160cf
02/23/2010 Education Motion to amend, Passed, YEAS 6, NAYS 1. Amendment 1160cd
02/23/2010 Education Do Pass Amended, Passed, YEAS 6, NAYS 1.
02/23/2010 Education Title amended, Passed Amendment 1160cta
02/25/2010 Senate Deferred to another day, Passed
03/01/2010 Senate Deferred to another day, Passed
03/04/2010 Senate Deferred to another day, Passed
03/08/2010 Senate Motion to amend, Passed S.J. 589 Amendment
03/08/2010 Senate Do Pass Amended, Passed, YEAS 27, NAYS 1.
03/10/2010 House of Representatives Failed to concur, appoint Conference Committee, Passed
03/10/2010 Senate Conference Committee appointments
03/11/2010 House of Representatives Conference Committee Report H.J. 831 Amendment
03/11/2010 Senate Conference Committee Report
03/11/2010 Senate Conference Committee Report adopted, Passed, YEAS 34, NAYS 0.
03/11/2010 House of Representatives Conference Committee Report adopted, Passed, YEAS 58, NAYS 10.
03/12/2010 Signed by President
03/12/2010 Delivered to the Governor
03/12/2010 Signed by Speaker
03/29/2010 Signed by Governor
This bill is now law.
South Dakota Christian Home Educators supports this bill.
The bill would require that a student be homeschooled for two years prior to applying for the scholarship. The student would need a score of 26 on the ACT test or 1200 on the SAT test (math plus verbal) while being homeschooled.
The legislature created the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship program in 2003. Details of how the program was to be implemented, however, were left to the Board of Regents. Unfortunately, the regents put rules into force that locked home schoolers out of the program. HB 1160 would fix this.
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. For more details about the program, including other eligibility rules, click here.
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