Senate File 69/House File 355: Home Schools Mandates and Reporting Requirements Reduction

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Senate File 69/House File 355: Home Schools Mandates and Reporting Requirements Reduction
House Senate
Sponsors:
Representatives Kiffmeyer, Erickson, Myhra, Drazkowski, Woodard, B. Petersen, Kiel, Abeler, Wardlow, Barrett, Lohmer, and Dettmer
Sponsors:
Senators Olson, Stumpf, Nienow, Wolf, and Chamberlain
Summary:

If passed, these bills would substantially reduce reporting requirements for homeschool families and would thus extend homeschool freedom in Minnesota. 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:

If passed, these bills would substantially reduce reporting requirements for homeschool families and would thus extend homeschool freedom in Minnesota. 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:

2/03/2011     (House)     Introduced and first reading
2/03/2011     (House)     Referred to Education Reform Committee
2/07/2011     (House)     Author added: Rep. Barrett
2/14/2011     (House)     Author added: Rep. Lohmer
2/17/2011     (House)     Education Reform Committee Hearing: Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 8:15 a.m. in the Basement State Office Building
2/17/2011     (House)     Author added: Rep. Dettmer
2/24/2011     (House)     Committee recommended "to pass" and refer to the Education Finance Committee

Status:

1/20/2011     (Senate)     Introduced and first reading
1/20/2011     (Senate)     Referred to Education Committee
1/26/2011     (Senate)     Education Committee Meeting: Wednesday, January 26, at 3:00 p.m. in Room 15 at the Capitol
1/27/2011     (Senate)     Education Committee recommended "to pass" with minor amendments
1/27/2011     (Senate)     Referred to Finance Committee
2/02/2011     (Senate)     Finance Committee recommended "to pass"
2/02/2011     (Senate)     2nd reading
3/07/2011     (Senate)     Special Order to be heard immediately
3/07/2011     (Senate)     Passed 3rd reading
3/07/2011     (House)     Received from Senate
3/07/2011     (House)     First reading and referred to Education Finance Committee
7/20/2011     The homeschool mandate reduction language passed in House Bill 26

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

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