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2/26/2009 3:30:04 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Minnesota--More Action Needed to Support Homeschool Freedom

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Minnesota--More Action Needed to Support Homeschool Freedom

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Earlier this week we reported to you about S.F. 846 / H.F. 1037, the
homeschool mandate reduction legislation.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact your legislator by Friday, February 27, 2009, and
attend the MACHE Day at the Capitol on Monday, March 2.

Give your legislators the following message in your own words:

"I support S.F. 846 and H.F. 1037, the homeschool mandate reduction
bills. Homeschool families in Minnesota have demonstrated success.
With the state's budget in crisis, these bills will free up resources
for the public schools while reducing the amount of time required by
superintendents and homeschool families to comply with unnecessary
bureaucracy."

For more talking points visit HSLDA's web page at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6173

You can get more details regarding the Capitol Day on the MACHE web
page at www.mache.org .


BACKGROUND

The bill would limit families to reporting only once--when they start
homeschooling or when they move. It would eliminate the submission of
report cards and give parents more options in choosing tests. It
removes language pertaining to annual visits and provides a more
cost-effective mediation approach in truancy disputes. It streamlines
record-keeping of immunization records for school districts. While
homeschool families would give up receiving state nonpublic pupil aid
($77 a student for books), this is made up for in the reduced
reporting and is offset by the tax deductions/credits for education
expenses and sales-tax exemption.


Sincerely,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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