Caution! Legislative Season Ahead
With the 2001 legislative session coming up, the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) has once again declared its support for forcing home schooled students to participate in state testing. According to its Legislative Policies, the association supports legislation that provides that home school students must participate in the statewide testing program for public schools. The MSBA also states that these results should be reported to the Minnesota State Commissioner of Children, Families, and Learning.
Home School Legal Defense Association is opposed to any such change in Minnesota law. Currently parents have the option of choosing which standardized test they wish to use, so they can tailor the required testing to meet their childs needs.
The Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE) and HSLDA will work together during this coming session to make sure that home schoolers know about any potentially harmful legislation. Darren A. Jones