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1/28/2011 3:29:56 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Minnesota--S.F. 69 Passes Education Committee!

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Minnesota--S.F. 69 Passes Education Committee!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The Minnesota House Education Committee heard the voices of
homeschoolers and recommended passage of Senate File 69, Home School
Mandates and Reporting Requirements Reduction Act. The bill has been
referred to the Finance Committee and will then proceed to the Senate
floor for 2nd and 3rd readings.

HSLDA is grateful to all Minnesota homeschoolers who made contact with
members of the Senate Education Committee or who showed up to testify.
We will continue to monitor this legislation and keep you informed.
HSLDA is working with MACHE and appreciates their diligent work to
shepherd this legislation without any negative amendments.

To view HSLDA's webpage for S.F. 69 visit:
http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/MN/default.asp

BACKGROUND

If passed, Senate File 69 would substantially reduce reporting
requirements for homeschool families and would thus extend homeschool
freedom in Minnesota. The bill would make the following changes:

1. Limits reports to the superintendent to only one when a family
starts homeschooling , or when they move and provides for with simple
"renewal" notices thereafter;

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

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

4. Eliminates the requirement that parents submit an annual
instructional calendar;

5. Eliminates the requirement that parents without certain
qualifications submit quarterly reports;

6. Requires parents to maintain (vs. make available) documentation
that the student is being taught the required subjects;

7. Allows a parent to certify that a student is presently engaged in
home education for the purposes of taking home-classroom driver
training;

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

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

Thank you for your effort to advance homeschool freedom!

Very truly yours,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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