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4/29/2004 5:05:09 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Minnesota--Call Your Senator Today!

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April 29, 2004


Minnesota--Call Your Senator Today!


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Governor Tim Pawlenty nominated Virginia's Deputy Secretary of
Education, Cheri Pierson Yecke, to be Minnesota's Commissioner of
Education. HSLDA has had a long history of positive interactions
with Mrs. Yecke, and the Minnesota Association of Christian Home
Educators (MACHE) has had nothing but positive reports of Mrs. Yecke
since she has come to Minnesota. That is why last Tuesday's vote by
the Senate Education Committee surprised us. On a party line vote of
6 to 4, that committee rejected Mrs. Yecke's nomination to be
Minnesota's new Commissioner of Education.


Action Requested:

1. The full Senate will vote on Commissioner Yecke's confirmation at
any time. Please contact your Senator immediately
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox Make sure you identify yourself as a
constituent and then say, "Please vote FOR Cheri Pierson Yecke as
Minnesota's new Commissioner of Education."

2. Seven Senators have been identified as particularly important.
Please also call each of these Senators to ask them to vote for Mrs.
Yecke. If you know other families who live in these areas, please
pass this message on to them as soon as possible.

Senator Tom Saxhaug
District 3 - Grand Rapids
651-296-4136

Senator Tom Bakk
District 6 - Cook
651-296-8881

Senator Becky Lourey
District 8 - Kerrick
651-296-0293

Senator Jim Vickerman
District 22 - Tracy
651-296-5650

Senator James Metzen
District 39 - South St. Paul
651-296-4370

Senator Linda Scheid
District 46 - Brooklyn Park
651-296-8869

Senator Chuck Wiger
District 55 - North St. Paul
651-296-6820


Background:

Commissioner Yecke met with support group leaders on October 25,
2003. She is a strong supporter of school choice for parents,
including nonpublic educational alternatives such as homeschooling.
Mrs. Yecke has appointed Morgan Brown as Director of the Office of
Choice and Innovation in the Minnesota Department of Education. Mr.
Brown has been quite a champion for homeschoolers, and is working
closely with MACHE to resolve longstanding problems that have plagued
homeschoolers in certain districts.

Your support for Commissioner Yecke, at this critical time, may make
the difference between having a Commissioner of Education who
supports homeschool freedom, and one who does not. Please call your
Senator today and pass this information on to other friends of
educational liberty.


Sincerely,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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