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5/25/2011 4:31:13 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Take Action to Increase Freedom!

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May 24, 2011

Take Action to Increase Freedom!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

H.F. 1381 passed both the House and Senate on Monday and is on its way
to the governor. If signed by the governor, this legislation would
significantly reduce reporting requirements for homeschool families.
However, some other policy changes within the Bill are being opposed
by other groups and it is not a certainty that the governor will sign
H.F. 1381. Therefore, we are asking you to take action in support of
homeschooling freedom in Minnesota.

Because we want to create at least three days of calls and e-mails to
the governor, we are sending this email out in three separate waves to
ensure that the Governor's office receives a steady stream of calls
and emails. You have received the email today because we would like
you to take action today. Will you please take a moment and pick up
your phone or send an e-mail to the governor right now?

ACTION REQUESTED

Contact Governor Dayton's office today and give the following message
in your own words:

"Please sign H.F. 1381 (Omnibus Education Policy Bill). Senator Gen
Olson's homeschool mandate reduction provisions will reduce needless
paperwork for school districts and homeschooling families without
reducing necessary educational oversight."

Governor Mark Dayton
Phone: 651-201-3400
Toll Free: 800-657-3717
Web Form: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11332

BACKGROUND

If passed, the homeschool mandate reduction provisions would
substantially reduce reporting requirements for homeschool families
and would thus extend homeschool freedom in Minnesota. The provisions
would make the following changes:

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

2) Give students the option of taking 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 score 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 (vs. 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) Limit immunization reporting requirements to only the first year of
homeschooling and the 7th grade year.

9) Does not repeal the per pupil textbook aid.

For more information on legislation in Minnesota, visit:
www.hslda.org/mn. HSLDA is working closely with MACHE to support this
legislation - for more information visit:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11333 .

Thank you for your effort to advance homeschool freedom!

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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at
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