House File 934: Would Substantially Reduce Reporting Requirements


Last Updated: August 18, 2011
House File 934: Would Substantially Reduce Reporting Requirements
Representative Garofalo

House File 934 is an omnibus education bill that has been amended by the Senate to include, among other things, the language from SF 69, which would substantially reduce reporting requirements for homeschool families and thus extend homeschool freedom in Minnesota. If passed, the bill would make the following changes:

  1. Limit annual notification reporting to one-time reporting when a family starts homeschooling, or when they move; subsequent renewals would be a simple letter of “intent to continue” with any updated information.
  2. Give students the option to take a nationally recognized college entrance exam in lieu of a standardized achievement test;
  3. Eliminate the requirement that parents obtain additional evaluation of a student's abilities should the student scores below the 30th percentile;
  4. Eliminates annual visit by superintendent;
  5. Eliminate the requirement that parents submit an annual instructional calendar;
  6. Eliminate the requirement that parents without certain qualifications submit quarterly reports;
  7. Require parents to simply maintain (vs. make available) documentation that the student is being taught the required subjects;
  8. Allow a parent to certify that a student is presently engaged in home education for the purposes of taking home-classroom driver training;
  9. Allow the person in charge of providing instruction in a homeschool to issue an employment certificate;
  10. Limit immunization reporting requirements to only the first year of homeschooling and the 7th grade year;
HSLDA's Position:
Action Requested:
None at this time

3/07/2011     (House)     Introduced and first reading, referred to Education Finance Committee
3/23/2011     (House)     Education Finance Committee recommended passing the bill, as amended, and re-referred it to the Taxes Committee
3/24/2011     (House)     The Taxes Committee recommended passing the bill and referred it to the Committee on Ways and Means
3/28/2011     (House)     The Committee on Ways and Means recommended passing the bill as amended
3/28/2011     (House)     Second reading
3/29/2011     (House)     Amended and passed third reading
3/30/2011     (Senate)     Received from House, introduced/first reading
3/31/2011     (Senate)     Second reading
4/04/2011     (Senate)     Amended the bill by substituting language from SF 1030
4/04/2011     (Senate)     Passed third reading
4/05/2011     (House)     House refused to concur with amendment,
4/11/2011     Conference committee of 5 requested.
4/11/2011     (Senate)     Senate Conferees: Senators Olson, Nelson, Thompson, Wolf, and Kruse
4/11/2011     (House)     House conferees: Representatives Garofalo, Erickson, Kelly, Doepke, Fabian.
5/17/2011     Conference committee agreed on new language and passed the bill
5/18/2011     (House)     Passed third reading as amended by Conference
5/18/2011     (Senate)     Passed third reading as amended by Conference
5/20/2011     Presented to Governor
5/24/2011     Governor vetoed the bill
7/20/2011     The homeschool mandate reduction language passed in House Bill 26

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