Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota has pushed a bill through the state senate which strips out every protection for homeschooled children that currently exists in her state. While proponents are marketing it under the guise of “parental choice,” what it really does is leave homeschooled children vulnerable and opens the door for abusers to exploit the homeschooling statute.
Note: Committee member contact information and a potential call script can be found at the bottom of this page, or click here to go directly there.
Changes SB 177 would make to South Dakota § 13-27-3:
Ordinarily, SB 177 would now be heard in the House Education Committee, where any bill regarding education belongs. However, Governor Noem and the Speaker Gosch both know their colleagues on the Education Committee would never recommend a bill that would decimate children’s right to an education in South Dakota – so they’ve placed the bill in State Affairs instead, where it’s virtually guaranteed to pass on to a floor vote.
We need you to help defeat this bill. The hearing for SB 177 in the State Affairs Committee will be on Monday morning, March 1, at 7:00 am CST.
If you were homeschooled in South Dakota or are currently a South Dakota resident, and would be interested in testifying, please contact our Government Relations Director, Samantha Field, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you cannot testify, but would still like to do what you can, you can find the contact information for the State Affairs Committee members below. Please let these representatives know how much you care about South Dakota’s children.
“Hello, my name is [Your Name], and I was [homeschooled in/live in] [county name/district number]. I am very concerned about Senate Bill 177, as it removes all protections for many of South Dakota’s children. Abusers who are trying to remove their victims from compassionate care, people who struggle with chronic truancy, and people who don’t want to educate their children will all be able to use SB 177 as a loophole. Please don’t allow South Dakota’s children to fall through the cracks. Please vote “no” on Senate Bill 177. Thank you, and have a wonderful day.”
South Dakota State Affairs Committee contacts
|South Dakota State Affairs Committee Contacts||Phone||District|
|SD Rep. David Anderson||605-310-1645||David.Anderson@sdlegislature.gov||16|
|SD Rep. Arch Beal||605-336-3034||Arch.Beal@sdlegislature.gov||12|
|SD Rep. Kirk Chaffee||605-490-8616||Kirk.Chaffee@sdlegislature.gov||29|
|SD Rep. Tim Goodwin||605-390-5324||Tim.Goodwin@sdlegislature.gov||30|
|Speaker Spencer Gosch||605-230-0313||Spencer.Gosch@sdlegislature.gov||23|
|SD Rep. Jon Hansen||605-610-8063||Jon.Hansen@sdlegislature.gov||25|
|SD Rep. Kevin Jensen||605-336-6947||Kevin.Jensen@sdlegislature.gov||16|
|SD Rep. Chris Johnson||Chris.Johnson@sdlegislature.gov||32|
|SD Rep. Oren Lesmeister||605-964-3023||Oren.Lesmeister@sdlegislature.gov||28A|
|SD Rep. Kent Peterson||605-425-3299||Kent.Peterson@sdlegislature.gov||19|
|SD Rep. Rebecca Reimer||605-220-8708||Rebecca.Reimer@sdlegislature.gov||26B|
|SD Rep. Jamie Smith||605-351-4733||Jamie.Smith@sdlegislature.gov||15|
|SD Rep. Marli Wiese||605-270-0786||Marli.Wiese@sdlegislature.gov||8|