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The Minnesota legislature adjourned its 2007 session at midnight on May 21 amid a flurry of activity. During this year’s session, the legislature introduced 4,915 bills and passed 150 new laws. Home School Legal Defense Association and the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE) tracked 41 bills of interest to homeschoolers, only three of which passed both the House and Senate.
Two of these three bills were vetoed by Governor Tim Pawlenty. However, House File 2245, a bill of potential concern to homeschoolers, was signed by Governor Pawlenty on May 30. During the last hours of the 2007 session, H.F. 2245 was amended to include language allowing the Minnesota Commissioner of Education to make rules specifying how the Graduation-Required Assessment for Diploma (GRAD) applies to homeschooled high schoolers.
An assistant for the commissioner has indicated that the proposed rules are meant to clarify that homeschooled students are not required to take the GRAD tests. HSLDA Staff Attorney Michael Donnelly and MACHE Board Member John Tuma are working with the commissioner to ensure that this new rulemaking authority does not adversely affect homeschoolers.
Thank you to all who remained alert for possible action. We are privileged to serve you and will continue to keep you informed about legislative action in Minnesota.
— by Michael P. Donnelly