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7/10/2002 11:15:31 AM
Scott W. Somerville, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
Minnesota--Home School Privacy

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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

It has come to our attention that school districts in Minnesota are
releasing home school records to third parties. Many districts
believe they are required to do this, in light of Advisory Opinion
#00-052, which classifies home school records as "government data"
and must be released upon request.

We are modifying the sample forms on our website to explicitly
preserve the privacy of each member family. We encourage you to use
the Home School Legal Defense Association forms when you submit your
"Non-Public Education Compulsory Instruction Report" form by October
1st. HSLDA, the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators,
and the Minnesota Homeschooler's Alliance have all agreed to press
this matter with the local school districts and with the Department
of Children, Families, and Learning. Your superintendent may promptly
provide you with a letter explaining your district's privacy policy.
If your superintendent does not provide you with such a letter by
August 10, please call your school administrative offices and ask
them whether your home school records are private. If your district
does not protect your privacy, please let us know.

To read Advisory Opinion #00-052 visit:
http://www.ipad.state.mn.us/opinions/2000/00052.html

To read my letter to Minnesota school district superintendents visit:
http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/MN/200207090.asp

We are reasonably confident that home school records can and will be
protected. We appreciate your vigilance as we work together to
preserve our freedoms.

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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