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February 27, 2017
We Wish Every School Official Were This Nice
Protect your family.
An HSLDA member in Minnesota was recently contacted by an administrative assistant in the local superintendent’s office. The school official informed our member that she was not complying with Minnesota law because she had not submitted a letter of intent to homeschool her son.
Our member knew her son had not turned 7 before the October 1 compulsory school attendance deadline and was fairly sure she hadn’t needed to file any paperwork. However, she contacted HSLDA just to be sure she was in compliance. We assured her she was.
I then wrote to the superintendent explaining that because the child was not of compulsory attendance age by the filing deadline, our member was in compliance with Minnesota law and did not need to submit any notification at this time.
Shortly after receiving my letter, the superintendent responded. He thanked me for my letter and said that he had re-read the law and agreed that our member was in compliance. “We learn something new every day!” he added.
I appreciate the superintendent’s willingness to re-evaluate his position. As a contact attorney for HSLDA, I frequently write letters to school officials reminding them what the homeschool law is in their state. Not every official is as cooperative as this one was.