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Facing the opposition

Homeschoolers have faced opposition from many sources over the past 20 years. Most recently in Minnesota, Larry Andersen of the Austin School Board introduced a motion at the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) Delegate Assembly, which met December 5–6, 2004. This motion would have applied the standards of the No Child Left Behind Act to homeschooling by requiring homeschool teachers to be college educated, requiring all homeschool tests to be proctored by licensed teachers in a public school, and requiring homeschool students to take all the standardized tests that public school students must take.

Delegate Andersen's resolution is similar to the one introduced every year at the national convention of the National Education Association (NEA). The difference in this case is that school board delegates are elected officials, while NEA delegates are professional public educators. E ducrats do not have to consider the wishes of the American people, while elected officials must.

The results of this difference can be seen in the fate of the two resolutions. The NEA regularly passes resolutions recommending that every lawfully homeschooling family's freedoms should be restricted. The MSBA Board of Directors, however, recommended that Delegate Andersen's harmful resolution not be passed, and it was ultimately withdrawn.

— by Scott W. Somerville