In light of the recent changes to Minnesota’s homeschooling laws, the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators has released new homeschool reporting forms and instructions.
MACHE has put the the new rules, the new initial reporting form and the new continuing report form (or Letter of Intent to Continue Homeschooling)all on its web site for download. The information and forms are in PDF form.
MACHE says of the new reporting law:
A parent must submit to the superintendent of the school district in which their child resides the name, birth date, and address of the child; the annual tests intended to be used under section 120A.22, subdivision 11 (if required); the name of each instructor; and—for instructors other than a parent—evidence of compliance with one of the requirements specified in M.S. 120A.22, subdivision 10. (M.S. 120A.24 Subd. 1.)
Minnesota law does not specify how home educators should write their annual report, only that it is due by October 1 each year and certain information must be communicated. You can write your own letter, use a convenient MÂCHÉ reporting form, or some other means.
MÂCHÉ strongly recommends that you report only what is required by law. If even a few people submit information that exceeds the law, it may become a requirement that will create conflict for other home educators.
MACHE also reminds parents:
• If your child is entering seventh grade (12 years old), you must file an updated immunization record unless you previously
submitted a signed and notarized conscientious exemption to your current school district.
The new continuation form/letter is short and simple, and should make reporting much easier for Minnesota homeschooling families.
Minnesota’s other state homeschool organization, the Minnesota Homeschoolers’ Alliance, should also be releasing new forms soon. I’ll post links to those forms as soon as they’re announced.