Early Wednesday morning, the Minnesota Legislature passed the K-12 omnibus budget bill with important changes for homeschoolers in the state. As Governor Dayton signed the bill, homeschooling got considerably easier in Minnesota.
According to the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators, changes include:
- Report cards are no longer required (they were previously required if parents did not have a BA degree).
- Immunization forms only need to be turned in at the first reporting and if changes are made.
- Homeschoolers only need to turn in the full compulsory homeschooling report once (instead of every year). After that, it only needs to be turned in if changes are made or the student moves to a different district.
- Homeschoolers no longer need a letter from the superintendent verifying homeschooling status for the purpose of students obtaining drivers permits. The DPS will now develop a form to verify homeschool status and will have the authority to confirm it with the school district.
- Superintendents no longer have the right to ask for an annual visit or to see documentation of your curricula, calendar or other homeschooling information.
- Homeschoolers must now notify the school district by October 1 of each year as to which standardized test will be used for testing (instead of having the ability to report that it would be determined later in the year). Parents still do not need to turn in results to the district.
To view the language of the new bill, click here (PDF file).
To view MACHE’s summary of the changes, click here (PDF file).
Stay tuned to this column for more information on the new law.