Dr. Kelly Glodt, superintendent of Pierre Public Schools, in a recent presentation to legislators, declared himself as having more responsibility than parents for determining the best education for their children. He is one of three superintendents who make up the Legislative Committee of the School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD). Homeschool parents will be facing hostile legislation in Pierre coming from bureaucrats who think they own the kids.
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We had a great turn out for our first two live online sessions. Stay tuned for additional dates coming in January.
Thanks to the action you all took, this bill, which sought to repeal the right of a homeschooled student to open enroll and participate in activities, was defeated 5-2.
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You can listen to the entire hearing here, click on the blue bird: https://sdlegislature.gov/Session/Bill/23573
Proponents and opponents each got 30 minutes to provide testimony and then the Committee was allowed to call people back up for questions. After that, there are two options, the Committe can vote to send the bill through to the entire Senate floor to vote on, our they can vote to send it to the 41st day, which kills the bill since we only have 40 legislative days.
Senator Pischke made the motion to send the bill to the 41st day and Senator Steve Kolbeck seconded it. After the motion was made we needed a majority vote. People who voted to send the bill to the 41st day were Chairman Schoenfish, Vice Chair Kolbeck, Senator Pischke, Senator Castelberry, and Senatory Bordeaux. Two voted to keep it alive: Senator Reed and Senator Davis.
The crux of our argument was that homeschooled students have the right to open enroll, once they have been accepted as an open enrolled student they have the same rights as a homeschooled student who physically resides in that district. Those rights includes taking classes and participating in activities.
The proponents of the bill argued that open enrollment should be for academic purposes only, and they floated several ideas that separated academic and athletic open enrollment, but that would have resulted in a major change in how the open enrollment statutes read and would have potentially had unintended consequences for many South Dakota children.
We are very happy to have defeated this bill with a strong vote. We had many other Senators express their support of us and our efforts and we're willing to help us fight if this came to the Senate floor.
Governor Noem and her staff were supportive of our efforts and the newly appointed Secretary of Ecucation Dr. Graves testified against this bill, bringing up some excellent points.
It is a right we currently have and it is greatly improving educational opportunities for S.D. families.