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

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

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.


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

2. Representative Connie Doepke - Vice Chair

3. Representative Carlos Mariani

4. Representative Bob Barrett

5. Representative John Benson

6. Representative Lyndon Carlson Sr.

7. Representative Roger Crawford

8. Representative Jim Davnie

9. Representative Mindy Greiling

10. Representative Kory Kath

11. Representative Andrea Kieffer

12. Representative Debra Kiel

13. Representative Carol McFarlane

14. Representative Rena Moran

15. Representative Mark Murdock

16. Representative Pam Myhra

17. Representative Kim Norton

18. Representative Tim O'Driscoll

19. Representative Branden Petersen

20. Representative Sandra Peterson

21. Representative Kelby Woodard


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

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

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:

Thank you for your effort to advance homeschool freedom!

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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