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5/18/2004 2:01:46 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Minnesota--Senate Rejects Homeschool-Friendly Education Commissioner

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May 18, 2004


Minnesota--Senate Rejects Homeschool-Friendly Education Commissioner


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

As we reported recently, Governor Pawlenty nominated Cheri Pierson
Yecke to be Minnesota's new Commissioner of Education. Mrs. Yecke has
been very friendly to homeschoolers in the past. Early Sunday
morning, the full Senate voted on her nomination. By a party line
vote, the Senate chose to remove Commissioner Yecke from office.

This is troubling news, with substantial implications for
homeschoolers. Morgan Brown, Acting Commissioner Yecke's choice to
head the Division of Choice and Innovation had already taken steps to
resolve some longstanding problems homeschoolers have faced in
Minnesota. Mr. Brown's initiative reflected his boss's commitment to
true educational freedom for Minnesota citizens. With Mrs. Yecke
removed, it is now up to us to continue to fight for freedom.

Homeschoolers can have a significant effect on the process of choosing
a new commissioner if they work hard and work together. Please be
prepared to contact your Senator to voice your support or opposition
for Governor Pawlenty's next nominee. The person who leads
Minnesota's Department of Education needs to be a friend of home
education, not a foe. It is up to us to help choose that person!


Sincerely,

Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney




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