House File 1381 and Senate File 1167: Education Policy Bill

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House File 1381 and Senate File 1167: Education Policy Bill
House Senate
Sponsors:
Representatives Erickson, Mariani, Doepke, Moran
Sponsors:
Senator Olson
Summary:

These companion bills are omnibus education bills, but they are less controversial than SF 1030/HF 934. House File 1381 contains the same homeschool mandate reduction language of SF 69/HF 355, which would substantially reduce reporting requirements for homeschool families and thus extend homeschool freedom in Minnesota. If passed, the bill would make the following changes:

  1. Limit annual notification reporting to one-time reporting when a family starts homeschooling, or when they move; subsequent renewals would be a simple letter of “intent to continue” with any updated information.
  2. Give students the option to take a nationally recognized college entrance exam in lieu of a standardized achievement test;
  3. Eliminate the requirement that parents obtain additional evaluation of a student's abilities should the student scores below the 30th percentile;
  4. Eliminates annual visit by superintendent;
  5. Eliminate the requirement that parents submit an annual instructional calendar;
  6. Eliminate the requirement that parents without certain qualifications submit quarterly reports;
  7. Require parents to simply maintain (vs. make available) documentation that the student is being taught the required subjects;
  8. Allow a parent to certify that a student is presently engaged in home education for the purposes of taking home-classroom driver training;
  9. Allow the person in charge of providing instruction in a homeschool to issue an employment certificate;
  10. Limit immunization reporting requirements to only the first year of homeschooling and the 7th grade year;
Summary:

These companion bills are omnibus education bills, but they are less controversial than SF 1030/HF 934. House File 1381 still contains the same homeschool mandate reduction language of SF 69/HF 355, which would substantially reduce reporting requirements for homeschool families and thus extend homeschool freedom in Minnesota. If passed, the bill would make the following changes:

  1. Limit annual notification reporting to one-time reporting when a family starts homeschooling, or when they move; subsequent renewals would be a simple letter of “intent to continue” with any updated information.
  2. Give students the option to take a nationally recognized college entrance exam in lieu of a standardized achievement test;
  3. Eliminate the requirement that parents obtain additional evaluation of a student's abilities should the student scores below the 30th percentile;
  4. Eliminates annual visit by superintendent;
  5. Eliminate the requirement that parents submit an annual instructional calendar;
  6. Eliminate the requirement that parents without certain qualifications submit quarterly reports;
  7. Require parents to simply maintain (vs. make available) documentation that the student is being taught the required subjects;
  8. Allow a parent to certify that a student is presently engaged in home education for the purposes of taking home-classroom driver training;
  9. Allow the person in charge of providing instruction in a homeschool to issue an employment certificate;
  10. Limit immunization reporting requirements to only the first year of homeschooling and the 7th grade year;
Status:

4/05/2011     (House)     Introduced, first reading, and referred to Education Reform Committee
5/02/2011     (House)     Education Reform Committee recommended passing and referred the bill to the Education Finance Committee
5/04/2011     (House)     Education Finance Committee recommended passing and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
5/05/2011     (House)     The Committee on Ways and Means recommended passing
5/05/2011     (House)     Second reading
5/09/2011     (House)     Third reading as amended
5/09/2011     (House)     Motion to refer to Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee did not prevail
5/09/2011     (House)     Passed as amended
5/10/2011     (Senate)     Received from House
5/10/2011     (Senate)     Introduced, first reading
5/10/2011     (Senate)     Referred to Rules and Administration Committee
5/11/2011     (Senate)     Rule and Administration Committee Report: amend by substituting the text of SF 1167
5/11/2011     (Senate)     Second reading
5/21/2011     (Senate)     Third reading
5/22/2011     (House)     House did not concur; conference committee requested
5/22/2011     (Senate)     Senate Conferees: Senators Erickson, Deopke, Downey, Myhra, and Mariani
5/22/2011     (House)     House Conferees: Representatives Olson, Nelson, DeKruif, Bonoff, and Daley
5/23/2011     (House)     Bill was passed as amended by Conference Committee
5/23/2011     (Senate)     Bill was passed as amended by Conference Committee
5/31/2011     Governor vetoed the bill
7/20/2011     The homeschool mandate reduction language passed in House Bill 26

Status:

4/14/2011     (Senate)     Introduced, first reading, and referred to Education Committee
4/28/2011     (Senate)     Education Committee recommended passing
4/28/2011     (Senate)     Second reading
See: House File 1381 (It is now in the Senate)

HSLDA's Position:
Support.
HSLDA's Position:
Support.
Action Requested:
None at this time
Action Requested:
None at this time

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