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Day at the Capitol
On March 14, 2007, scores of Minnesota homeschoolers attended the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE) Day at the Capitol, organized by MACHE board members and legislative liaison John Tuma. In between meetings with their legislators, homeschooling families took walking tours of the historic St. Paul capitol building and enjoyed the beautiful spring weather.
Most legislators were visibly relieved and pleased to find that the families weren’t asking for anything—they simply wanted to thank the legislators for their service and help them put faces on the homeschool movement in Minnesota. Because there was no high-profile legislation to discuss, families could simply meet and talk with their legislators without having to pressure them for votes.
Home School Legal Defense Association Staff Attorney Michael Donnelly attended MACHE’s Day at the Capitol and was able to meet with House Minority Leader Marty Seifert. Donnelly was impressed with the minority leader’s understanding and support of Minnesota homeschoolers.
HSLDA appreciates the hard work of the MACHE board to ensure that homeschooling stays free in Minnesota. While issues such as educating school districts and better protecting homeschoolers’ privacy remain, Minnesota homeschoolers can be assured that both HSLDA and MACHE will work together to protect your rights to homeschool your children without unlawful government interference. HSLDA encourages you to contact us if you have questions or concerns about any actions of your school district that seem inappropriate or unlawful-we are here to serve you!
— by Michael P. Donnelly