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2/14/2011 4:01:22 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Minnesota: Your Action Needed to Advance Homeschool Freedom!

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Minnesota--Your Action Needed to Advance Homeschool Freedom!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Minnesota homeschoolers have an exciting opportunity to significantly
reduce homeschool reporting requirements. The homeschool mandate
reduction bill, House File 355, is the companion bill to Senate File
69, and is moving forward. It will be heard at the Education
Committee this Thursday, February 17, 2011.

HSLDA is working closely with MACHE to support this legislation.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please contact members of the House Education Committee by
Thursday, February 17, 2011, and urge them to support House File 355,
the homeschool mandate reduction bill. You can use the following
message as a guide, but please personalize it in your own words:

"Please support House File 355, 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 H.F.355 will save the state money and reduce
unnecessary bureaucracy."

2. If possible, attend the Education Committee hearing this Thursday,
February 17. The meeting will be held at 8:15 a.m. in the basement of
the State Office Building.

Contact information for members of the House Education Committee is
below. Families with last names beginning with A-L call
representatives 1-11; families with last names beginning with M-Z call
representatives 12-21.

1. Representative Sondra Erickson - Committee Chair
651-296-6746
rep.sondra.erickson@house.mn

2. Representative Connie Doepke - Vice Chair
651-2964315
rep.connie.doepke@house.mn

3. Representative Carlos Mariani
651-296-9714
rep.carlos.mariani@house.mn

4. Representative Bob Barrett
651-296-5377
rep.bob.barrett@house.mn

5. Representative John Benson
651-296-9934
rep.john.benson@house.mn

6. Representative Lyndon Carlson Sr.
651-296-4255
rep.lyndon.carlson@house.mn

7. Representative Roger Crawford
651-296-0518
rep.roger.crawford@house.mn

8. Representative Jim Davnie
651-296-0173
rep.jim.davnie@house.mn

9. Representative Mindy Greiling
651-296-5387
rep.mindy.greiling@house.mn

10. Representative Kory Kath
651-296-5368
rep.kory.kath@house.mn

11. Representative Andrea Kieffer
651-296-1147
rep.andrea.kieffer@house.mn

12. Representative Debra Kiel
651-296-5091
rep.deb.kiel@house.mn

13. Representative Carol McFarlane
651-296-5363
rep.carol.mcfarlane@house.mn

14. Representative Rena Moran
651-296-5158
rep.rena.moran@house.mn

15. Representative Mark Murdock
651-296-4293
rep.mark.murdock@house.mn

16. Representative Pam Myhra
651-296-4212
rep.pam.myhra@house.mn

17. Representative Kim Norton
651-296-9249
rep.kim.norton@house.mn

18. Representative Tim O'Driscoll
651-296-7808
rep.tim.odriscoll@house.mn

19. Representative Branden Petersen
651-296-5369
rep.branden.petersen@house.mn

20. Representative Sandra Peterson
651-296-4176
rep.sandra.peterson@house.mn

21. Representative Kelby Woodard
651-296-7065
rep.kelby.woodard@house.mn


BACKGROUND

If passed, House File 355 would substantially reduce reporting
requirements for homeschool families and would thus extend homeschool
freedom in Minnesota. The bill would make the following changes:

1. Limit reports to the superintendent to one-time reporting when a
family starts homeschooling, or when they move with a simple annual
"renewal" postcard;

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view HSLDA's web page for H.F. 355 visit:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10309

Thank you for your effort to advance homeschool freedom!

Very truly yours,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney


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