January 16, 2003

North Dakota HB 1182 Voted Down

The North Dakota House Education Committee voted unanimously to defeat House Bill 1182. The Committee voted 14-0 to give a "do not pass" recommendation on the bill. While House Bill 1182 will still go before the entire House, this recommendation by the Education Committee effectively kills the bill.

HSLDA attorney Dewitt Black testified before the Committee pointing out that there were two reasons why we opposed this bill. First, it was a direct violation of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which would have placed North Dakota in jeopardy of losing all federal funding for education. Last year, HSLDA successfully lobbied Congress to add a provision that prohibited states from mandating homeschoolers take the state assessments.

Second, this legislation was unconstitutional because it is fundamentally unfair for the state to test students on course content they have not been taught. H.B. 1182 would have effectively eliminated the right of parents in North Dakota to direct the education of their children.

This victory would not have been possible without the support of North Dakota homeschooling families, many of whom attended the Committee meeting. The hearing room was packed to overflowing with more than 250 homeschoolers. We also thank all of you who called opposing the bill.

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