HB 1133

HB 1133 is now signed into South Dakota Law 3/7/2011!!  New homeschool forms coming soon... Effective date 7/1/11.

Find the new 2011 Exemption Form on the left column and print.

 

7/13/11  We are waiting for the final form to come from the SD Dept of Ed.  SDCHE and HSLDA are working with the Dept of Ed on a form that serves both parties effectively.  DO NOT fill out last year's form.  Keep checking and the new form will be posted as soon as it is released. 

This page will be updated as the Homeschool Bill progresses through the legislature.  Please watch for Action Items.

3/1/2011 arrived at the Governor's desk awaiting signature.

2/24/2011  2:33 pm

Victory!!  Yeah, we are finally on the way to the governor's office!  No discussion or opposing votes.  Thank you all again for getting this going and helping it through!

God bless you all,

Barb, SDCHE lobbyist

HB 1133 passed the Senate Floor 2/24/2011 unopposed and unanimous!

HB1133 has passed the Senate Education Committee!

It may be voted on as early as tomorrow in the Senate.

Please call your senators and ask them to support HB1133!

 

Senate Ed Committee Hearing Tues Feb 15, 8 am. Please call, please attend!  See below...

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...2/9/2011
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South Dakota--Your Calls Needed to Senate Committee for HB 1133!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your phone calls are needed now to support HB 1133! This bill would
bring South Dakota into the national mainstream by allowing families
to initiate homeschooling without waiting for government "approval."

The bill has come out of the House, and it will probably have a
hearing next Tuesday or Thursday morning in the Senate Education
Committee.

Your phone calls could prove crucial in convincing the senators on the
committee that this bill should become law.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. If your senator is on the Senate Education Committee, call your
senator--see the list below.  Use our legislative toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox to find out who your senator is.

2. Please contact the chairman of the Senate Education Committee
whether or not your senator is on the committee.

3.  Your message can be as simple as, "Please support HB 1133 as
amended. It protects parents' rights by allowing them to start
homeschooling when they choose, without fear of prosecution and
without government red tape delays."

4. Make plans to attend the hearing.  A big turnout from homeschoolers
will send a powerful message to the committee! We will let you know as
soon as a definite date is set.


CONTACT INFORMATION

Senate Education Committee Chairman

Cooper Garnos (Chair)
(605) 773-3821

Senate Education Committee members

Jim  Bradford
(605) 685-4241

Bob Gray
(605) 773-3821
 
J. Mark Johnston (Vice Chair)
(605) 929-5592

Timothy Rave
(605) 360-7190
 
Todd Schlekeway
(605) 310-8600

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

If a hearing is held next week, it will probably be on Tuesday or
Thursday morning.  No phone calls are needed to Elizabeth Kraus
(Meade, Pennington area).  She is on the Senate Education Committee,
but she is a sponsor on the bill, so we know she supports it.

One family filed their homeschool form in early November. The family
heard absolutely nothing for more than eight weeks. They started
homeschooling immediately, but they could have been prosecuted for
truancy while waiting for bureaucrats to process their paperwork.

Another family filed their form and were told they could not take
their children out of public school until the school committee
approved them for homeschooling.  Then they were told their paperwork
would be denied--for a reason not allowed under law. Then the school
staff "lost" the form. After legal intervention, the school system
performed its duty--29 days after the family filed its form!

Another family filed their form and were told the kids must stay in
public school until the school board took action.  The school board
then denied their exemption--for a reason not permitted under law. 
Only after legal intervention did the school board reverse its
decision.

HB 1133 would put an end to this type of abuse.  Your paperwork would
be valid and effective immediately upon filing. It should not take an
act of a school board before parents can exercise their right to
choose their child's education!

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel


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P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, Virginia 20134
Phone: (540) 338-5600
Fax: (540) 338-2733
Email: info@hslda.org
Web: http://www.hslda.org

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HB 1133 goes to House floor Tues, Feb 8, 2011.  See below for info on contacting your representatives to encourage a "yes" vote.

Thanks to FHA (Family Heritage Alliance) and CWA (Concerned Women of America and a big thanks to HSLDA for helping SDCHE and all SD homeschoolers for a successful house committee hearing for the HB 1133 bill to simplify the process of homeschooling.  Several homeschoolers were present and we thank them for coming in the subzero weather!  The bill had no opposition!  Even Dr. Schopp, the Secretary of Education, supported the bill with the amendment previously worked out in a meeting with HSLDA Sr Counsel Scott Woodruff, SDCHE Pres Ken Updike.  The representative for the Sioux Falls and Rapid City school district also went on record as supporting the bill.  Thanks to Rep. Russell for doing a great job in presenting the bill to the committee.  Rep Brunner, committee chair, said it was great to have a bill that did not mention school funding! 

You can listen to the hearing on the website by clicking on the little eagle icon next to the title of the event.  http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2011/Bill.aspx?Bill=1133  which is on the www.sd.gov website.

Please continue to follow the progress, we are 1/4 way through.  Contact your legislators at each step so we can see this bill through to the end. 

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...2/2/2011
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South Dakota--Urgent: Homeschool Bill Still Needs Your Help

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Good news! House Bill 1133, which would protect homeschoolers by
making it clear that homeschool paperwork is effective as soon as
filed, passed out of the Education Committee today with overwhelming
support by a vote of 13-1. Your calls made the difference in ensuring
that this bill will make it to the full House of Representatives! At
the hearing itself, Ken Updike and Monica Tanner of South Dakota
Christian Home Educators testified in support of the bill. I also
testified in support of the bill on behalf of HSLDA's South Dakota
members.

This bill was amended in committee in two ways. One amendment
strengthens language making it clear that no action is required on the
part of a school board before a family can start homeschooling. In
addition, committee members agreed to remove the part of the bill that
would have allowed homeschoolers to use a form other than that
provided by the Department of Education. However, the Department
agreed to work with us on removing objectionable parts of its form.

Now that the bill has passed out of committee, the next step is a vote
on the floor of the House of Representatives. Your calls are needed to
your representative to make sure it passes. This bill deserves your
support!



ACTION REQUESTED

1. Call your representative today and ask him or her to support the
amended version of House Bill 1133 when it comes to the House floor. 
Use our legislative toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox to find
your representative.

2. Forward this message to any homeschool family who may not be a
member of HSLDA or South Dakota Christian Home Educators (SDCHE).



BACKGROUND INFORMATION

One family filed their homeschool form in early November.  The school
secretary signed to acknowledge receipt.  The family heard absolutely
nothing for at least eight weeks.

Another family filed their form and were told they could not take
their children out of public school until the school committee
approved them for homeschooling.  They were subsequently told their
paperwork would be denied--for a reason not allowed under law. Then
the school staff "lost" the form. Only after legal intervention did
the school system perform its duty--29 days after the family filed its
form!

Another family filed their form and was told the kids must stay in
public school until the school board took action.  The school board
then denied their exemption--for a reason not permitted under law. 
Only after legal intervention did the school board reverse its
decision.

HB 1133 would put an end to this type of abuse.  Your paperwork would
be valid and effective immediately upon filing.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel


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Home School Legal Defense Association
P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, Virginia 20134
Phone: (540) 338-5600
Fax: (540) 338-2733
Email: info@hslda.org
Web: http://www.hslda.org

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Education Committee Hearing  HB 1133

7:45 am central time, Pierre 2/2/2011

Room 413 in the Capitol Building

Action Item:  Please come and fill the room with your support.

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...1/28/11
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South Dakota--Urgent: Your Help Needed to Support Homeschool Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

A bill that will protect homeschoolers from a number of abuses they
have suffered recently is scheduled for a crucial committee hearing on
Wednesday, Feb. 2, in Pierre. It needs and deserves your strong
support!

The bill, HB 1133, would make it explicit that your homeschool
paperwork is valid and effective as soon as you file it.  Your
homeschool program would clearly be legal immediately--without being
vulnerable to legal trouble while waiting for the bureaucratic wheels
to creak along to their unpredictable conclusion. 

And it would allow you to use a homeschool form other than the
Department of Education's.  They have recently manipulated the form in
unjustifiable ways, including the addition of a threat to send "school
observers" to families who refuse to disclose the race and ethnicity
of all their children!

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Come to the hearing Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 7:45 a.m. in Pierre, Room
413 in the Capitol building.  Your presence, and your words, if you
speak, will convey a powerful message to the committee.

2. Before Wednesday morning, contact your representative if he or she
is listed below and ask them to support the bill.  Your message can be
as simple as, "Please support HB 1133.  It will protect homeschool
families from bureaucratic abuse."  Use our legislative toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox to see if your representative is listed
below.

3. Forward this message to any homeschool family who may not be a
member of HSLDA or South Dakota Christian Home Educators (SDCHE).

CONTACT INFORMATION--MEMBERS OF HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Use number below or go to  http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10134 for
email information.

Elaine Elliot
Home (605)225-7136

Roger Hunt
Home (605) 582-3865
Capitol (605) 224-6877

Tom Jones
Home (605) 766-5457

Kevin Killer
Home (605) 454-8105

Larry Lucas
Home (605) 856-2439
Capitol (605) 773-3851

Tad Perry
Home (605) 494-0192

James Schaefer
Home (605) 869-2357
Capitol (605) 224-6877

Jacqueline Sly
Home (605) 343-4956
Capitol (605) 381-9116

Patricia Stricherz
Home (605) 201-6372

Representatives Brunner, Haggar, Tulson, Vanneman and Venner are
members of the committee but not listed above because they are
cosponsors and do not need to be contacted.

Representatives Brunner, Haggar, Tulson, Vanneman and Venner are
members of the committee but not listed above because they are
cosponsors and do not need to be contacted.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

One family filed their homeschool form in early November.  The school
secretary signed to acknowledge receipt.  The family heard absolutely
nothing for at least eight weeks.

Another family filed their form and was told they could not take their
children out of public school until the school committee approved them
for homeschooling.  They were told their paperwork would be
denied--for a reason not allowed under law. Then the school staff
"lost" the form. Only after legal intervention did the school system
perform its duty--29 days after the family filed its form!

Another family filed their form and was told the kids must stay in
public school until the school board took action.  The school board
then denied their exemption--for a reason not permitted under law. 
Only after legal intervention did the school board reverse its
decision.

HB 1133 would put an end to this type of abuse.  Your paperwork would
be valid and effective immediately upon filing.


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The HSLDA E-lert Service is a service of:

Home School Legal Defense Association
P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, Virginia 20134
Phone: (540) 338-5600
Fax: (540) 338-2733
Email: info@hslda.org
Web: http://www.hslda.org
 

 

SDCHE e-Lert - January 27, 2011  1:50 pm

 SDCHE has been working with HSLDA in putting forth a homeschool bill this legislative session.  The bill has been written and is ready for committee. 

 The bill is attached for you to view.  It simply states that our Intent to Homeschool form that we all fill out each year is valid “upon submission” to the office or school in which a family files.  Some district offices are under the misunderstanding that the form is only valid after it is approved by the school board which may be 4 weeks out.  This window of time allows these offices to apply truancy charges, especially to those exiting public schools.

 This DOES NOT change the intent or meaning of the current law we have, it merely simplifies the language so that the law can be interpreted correctly by all parties involved.


Secondly, the form we submit and currently have on our SDCHE website is from the Dept of Ed here in South Dakota.  Some school districts have made their own forms and asked for information that is not mandated by law, but does not indicate it is optional information.  Therefore, the homeschool bill simplifies that language to say that we may submit “substantially similar” forms that include the mandatory information according to the South Dakota state law.

 Rep. Lance Russell has been our lead person in Pierre.  We have spoken to several others who will be sponsoring the bill.  We will apprise you of all that info as soon as we have that. 

 ACTION:

The Education Committee will convene Wed, Feb 2, 7:45 am (Central Time) to “hear” this bill.  SDCHE board members and Scott Woodruff, our counsel from HSLDA will be in attendance.

We invite and welcome any homeschoolers to attend from across the state.  Mr. Woodruff has requested your attendance to have a strong showing of support.

 When the bill is further along, we will ask for you to call your Representatives and Senator.  At the moment it is going to hearing.  We will also put out more information for you at that time to be more informed when you do talk to your legislators.

 Thank you for your consideration and prayer.  SDCHE exists to promote homeschooling across the state of South Dakota.

 Sincerely,

 Your SDCHE team