Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It is now easier to homeschool in South Dakota!

Good news!  Governor Daugaard Signs Bill Repealing Requirement that Homeschools be Individually Approved:

On Monday, March 7, South Dakota Governor Daugaard signed HB 1133 into law repealing an archaic South Dakota law that prohibited families from homeschooling their children until the local school board individually approved each family.

Requiring individual family approval wastes resources and creates more opportunities for individual rights to be violated. South Dakota was one of only 3 states requiring prior approval.

As of July 1, 2011, the effective date of the new law, South Dakota will enter the mainstream. Families will be able to initiate a homeschool program immediately by filing the appropriate paperwork. Other requirements remain in effect.

Under the prior system, school boards did not have the discretion to withhold approval. Despite this, one or two school boards delayed or denied approvals this school year. This created the impetus to remove the approval requirement altogether.
Hat tip: MiaZagora on Facebook

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