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6/13/2003 4:35:50 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Minnesota--Legislation Restores Homeschool Privacy

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June 13, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

After more than a full year of struggle, Minnesota homeschoolers can
finally enjoy their privacy again. Senate File 10, the Minnesota data
practices bill, was signed by Governor Tim Pawlenty on May 30, 2003.
This bill makes it clear that any data collected by a public school
on a homeschooling child or parent is "private data" which may not be
released without prior written consent by the parents. With a stroke
of the pen, the governor gave Minnesota homeschoolers the best
privacy protection in the nation.

The new privacy bill does not apply to students who receive "shared
time educational services" from a public agency or institution.
Students who enroll in public school programs are legally considered
public school students. They may be subjected to a large number of
requirements that do not apply to independent homeschoolers.

Home School Legal Defense Association applauds the hard work of the
Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators, who demonstrated
once again how effective homeschoolers can be in getting legislation
enacted. We encourage all homeschoolers to join and support their
local and state homeschool organizations, and to remain actively
engaged citizens.

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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