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

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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
MACHE and HSLDA.

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
information.

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
percentile;

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
training;

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:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10064 or at www.mache.org

ACTION REQUESTED

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

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
651-296-4848
sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn

2. Senator Terri Bonoff
651-296-4314
sen.terri.bonoff@senate.mn

3. Senator Theodore "Ted" Daley
651-297-8073
sen.ted.daley@senate.mn

4. Senator Al Dekruif
651-296-1279
sen.al.dekruif@senate.mn

5. Senator David Hann
651-296-1749

6. Senator John Harrington
651-296-5285
sen.john.harrington@senate.mn

7. Senator Benjamin Kruse
651-296-4154
sen.benjamin.kruse@senate.mn

8. Senator Linda Scheid
651-296-8869

9. Senator Katie Sieben
651-297-8060
sen.katie.sieben@senate.mn

10. Senator Dave Thompson
651-296-5252
sen.dave.thompson@senate.mn

11. Senator Torres Ray
651-296-4274
sen.patricia.torres.ray@senate.mn

12. Senator Charles Wiger
651-296-6820
sen.chuck.wiger@senate.mn


Thank you for your effort to advance homeschool freedom!

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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