South Dakota
South Dakota

May 24, 2012

HSLDA Letter Published in Argus Leader

Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in South Dakota. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

On May 7, published a lengthy news-opinion article urging the adoption of more homeschool regulations in South Dakota.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff submitted a response, which was published on May 14. In his letter, Woodruff noted that the article failed to actually explain how more regulation would help children, and cited a study showing that children in states with heavy homeschool regulation do not perform any better academically than children in states with relatively light regulation.

He also pointed out that 8th-grade homeschoolers score as well as nonhomeschooled 12th-graders on standardized tests, watch much less TV, and vote much more regularly. And after they graduate, they are far happier as adults.

To emphasize the point that regulations aren’t the answer, Woodruff tellingly remarked that the newest hope of public education is charter schools—which promise better results by having fewer regulations to follow!

As of this writing, is continuing to stir the public to push for more homeschool regulation. Watch your local media, and consider responding if you hear uninformed voices calling for more regulation.

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Read Scott Woodruff’s response online.