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Michigan home schoolers have won a great victory! Responding decisively to a call to action with an overwhelming number of telephone calls to state representatives, home schoolers defeated House Bill 4521.
This bill would have modified the compulsory attendance law to require all home school children to take the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) test and submit the scores to the state department of treasury. Families home schooling under exemptions (a) and (f) would have been required to comply with this law.
After the bill's referral to the House Committee on Education on March 27, 2001, Home School Legal Defense Association sent e-mail alerts to our Michigan members, urging them to communicate their opposition to the bill. Michigan home schoolers responded immediately, and as a result, H.B. 4521 was soundly defeated.