House Bill 1215: Provides State Funding Grants to Parents or Guardians of Students Receiving Alternative Instruction

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Last Updated: February 7, 2011
House Bill 1215: Provides State Funding Grants to Parents or Guardians of Students Receiving Alternative Instruction
Sponsors:
Representatives Liss, Hansen (Jon), Jensen, Olson (Betty), Venner, and Wick
Summary:

This bill would provide state funding for alternative instruction (homeschooling) in South Dakota.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.
Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

01/24/2012     (House)     Introduced, sent to House Appropriations Committee
02/02/2012     (House)     Heard in Appropriations
02/07/2012     (House)     Hearing in Appropriations scheduled

The Appropriations committee voted to defer the bill to the last day of the legislative session. This bill is now dead.

Background:

HSLDA opposes this bill because it will likely result in further state regulation of alternative instruction if passed. Anything the state spends money on is in essence a state program, and if homeschooling becomes a state program receiving state funding, it will necessarily follow that more and more legislators will call for regulations on how homeschooling is carried out.

Instead of measures like this, HSLDA instead supports tax credits. These differ significantly from state grants or vouchers in that instead of parents spending the state's money, tax credits consist of the state letting parents keep their own money. Tax credits have historically demonstrated little to no propensity for resulting in increased regulation.

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