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2/10/2004 11:38:28 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Minnesota--Calls needed to stop Homeschool regulation bill

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February 10, 2004

Calls needed to stop Homeschool regulation bill

Dear Minnesota HSLDA members and friends:

Minnesota is one of five or six states that offers some kind of tax
break for families with children in home or private schools. A new
bill in the Minnesota House would regulate every school that accepts
a child from a family that claims any tax credit or deduction for
educational expenses, including homeschools. This bill must be
defeated.

ACTION REQUESTED:

(1) Please call every member of the House Education Policy, listed
below. Politely say, "Please vote against House Bill 1787. Private
and homeschool families save Minnesota millions in taxes. Don't take
away their freedom!" All numbers are in the 651 area code. If the
Representative is unavailable, leave a message with a staffer or with
the main switchboard.

Chair: Barb Sykora (R)
296-4315

Vice Chair: Mark Olson (R)
296-4237

Lead-DFL: Lyndon Carlson (DFL)
296-4255

Jeff Anderson (R)
296-4193

Dick Borrell (R)
296-4336

Mark Buesgens (R)
296-5185

Randy Demmer (R)
296-9236

Rob Eastlund (R)
296-5364

Sondra Erickson (R)
296-6746

Bud Heidgerken (R)
296-4317

Jeff Johnson (R)
296-5511

Karen Klinzing (R)
296-1147

Philip Krinkie (R)
296-2907

Doug Meslow (R)
296-5363

Carla Nelson (R)
296-0573

Scott Newman (R)
296-1534

Stephanie Olsen (R)
296-4280

Alice Seagren (R)
296-7803

Marty Seifert (R)
296-5374

Dean Urdahl (R)
296-4344

Lynn Wardlow (R)
296-4128

Kurt Zellers (R)
296-5502

Connie Bernardy (DFL)
296-5510

Len Biernat (DFL)
296-4219

Jim Davnie (DFL)
296-0173

Kent Eken (DFL)
296-9918

Mindy Greiling (DFL)
296-5387

Mike Jaros (DFL)
296-4246

Ron Latz (DFL)
296-7026

Carlos Mariani (DFL)
296-9714

Gene Pelowski (DFL)
296-8637

Nora Slawik (DFL)
296-7807


BACKGROUND:

Unlike most states, Minnesota currently provides a tax credit for low
income families with children in private or homeschools, and a tax
deduction for families who make more money. This is a real benefit
for families, but it provides a tempting target for legislators who
want to regulate private education. House Bill 1787 would force
every school that accepts a child from a family that plans to take a
tax credit or tax deduction to make several changes.

(1) The school would have to comply with the state's high school
graduation requirements, instead of the school's own standards.

(2) The state would restrict the school's ability to expel students
and would regulate the school's control over which courses the
students can take.

(3) Schools would be required to perform criminal background checks
on school employees.

This bill appears to be a straightforward attack on private school
freedom. To the best of our knowledge, there are no specific problems
in current law that support the proposed changes. Whether or not
your family currently takes advantage of these tax breaks, this bill
is a slap in the face to every Minnesota family that spends their own
money to educate their own children. It must be defeated.


Sincerely,

Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney


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