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1/21/2011 3:44:19 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Minnesota--Action Needed to Enhance Homeschool Freedom!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Minnesota--Action Needed to Enhance Homeschool Freedom!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

MACHE, HSLDA and many in the Minnesota homeschool community have been
working toward improving Minnesota's homeschool law for the past
several years. The "mandate reduction bill" has been re-introduced
by longtime homeschooling supporter Senator Gen Olson. The bill is
Senate File 69 ("SF 69") known as the "Home Schools Mandates and
Reporting Requirements Reduction" Act. This bill is supported by both

The bill is currently scheduled for a hearing by the Senate Education
Committee on January 26, 2011. We are encouraging interested
homeschoolers to attend and consider offering testimony in support of
this legislation.

If passed, SF 69 would significantly reduce reporting requirements for
homeschool families. The bill would make the following changes:

1. Limit annual notification reporting to one-time reporting when a
family starts homeschooling, or when they move; subsequent renewals
would be a simple letter of "intent to continue" with any updated

2. Give students the option to take a nationally recognized college
entrance exam in lieu of a standardized achievement test;

3. Eliminate the requirement that parents obtain additional evaluation
of a student's abilities should the student scores below the 30th

4. Eliminates annual visit by superintendent;

5. Eliminate the requirement that parents submit an annual
instructional calendar;

6. Eliminate the requirement that parents without certain
qualifications submit quarterly reports;

7. Require parents to simply maintain (vs. make available)
documentation that the student is being taught the required subjects;

8. Allow a parent to certify that a student is presently engaged in
home education for the purposes of taking home-classroom driver

9. Allow the person in charge of providing instruction in a homeschool
to issue an employment certificate;

10. Limit immunization reporting requirements to only the first year
of homeschooling and the 7th grade year;

More information is available at HSLDA's MN webpage: or at


1. For information about testifying on the bill, please contact MACHE
or visit their website at

2. You may contact members of the Senate Education Committee to
encourage them to support SF 69. You can use the following message as
a guide, but please personalize it in your own words:

Please support Senate File 69, the homeschool mandate reduction bill.
Homeschool families have a long history of success in our state, and
the present reporting laws require needless repetition, which creates
unnecessary paperwork for both school districts and homeschool
families. Passage of SF 69 will save the state money and reduce
unnecessary bureaucracy.

It is not necessary, but you are welcome to attend the Education
Committee hearing next Wednesday, January 26. The meeting will be held
at 3:00 p.m. in Room 15 at the Capitol. Such a visit might afford an
educational opportunity for your family.

Contact members of the committee using the information below. Families
with last names beginning with A-L call senators 1-6; families with
last names beginning with M-Z call senators7-12.

1. Senator Carla Nelson

2. Senator Terri Bonoff

3. Senator Theodore "Ted" Daley

4. Senator Al Dekruif

5. Senator David Hann

6. Senator John Harrington

7. Senator Benjamin Kruse

8. Senator Linda Scheid

9. Senator Katie Sieben

10. Senator Dave Thompson

11. Senator Torres Ray

12. Senator Charles Wiger

Thank you for your effort to advance homeschool freedom!

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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