April 27, 2005

Standing On Guard

Minnesota families always have to be on guard. As Mark Twain once said, "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session." This year's legislative session has been a whirlwind of activity for homeschool lobbyists and activists.

Much of this year's action has surrounded Minnesota's educational tax credit. Representative Mindy Greiling, who is known for her anti-homeschool positions, introduced a bill that would require every homeschooler that took advantage of the tax credit to submit to additional regulation. Thanks to calls from homeschoolers and the hard work of homeschool lobbyist John Tuma at the Capitol, this bill has not made any progress since its initial introduction.

On the other end of the spectrum, Senate File 816 would expand the tax credit eligibility standards, enabling more families to take advantage of the tax break. HSLDA is working with homeschool leaders to help pass this bill into law.

When it comes to freedoms, however, it isn't only the legislature that poses problems for Minnesotans. School districts often ask for more information than Minnesota's homeschool law requires. Thanks to the quick action of vigilant homeschoolers, HSLDA has been able to stop school districts from demanding test scores, proof of assessment, special needs forms, financial forms, and even home visits that some school districts have tried to impose on all homeschool families.

Minnesota families can be proud of the freedoms that they have worked to protect. Thank you for all of the work you do, each and every day, to protect the rights of families across the state.