MÂCHÉ monitors legislative activity at the state level and periodically alerts members to national legislative issues as well.

Minnesota's homeschool regulations are not overly burdensome; however, they are more restrictive than many other states. When public school officials or legislators propose more restrictions, Minnesota homeschool leaders oppose the move often through legislative action.

MÂCHÉ alerts the homeschool community about legislative concerns in the The Paper MÂCHÉ, the Non-Paper MÂCHÉ electronic bulletin, and our e-alert system. When necessary, MÂCHÉ organizes testimony for legislative hearings. MÂCHÉ also provides extensive information about legal requirements and resources to members in the MÂCHÉ Handbook Online (available to MÂCHÉ members).  Join MÂCHÉ or renew your membership by clicking the Membership tab at the top of the page. Annual membership fee is $45. Membership extends for twelve months from date of join or from expiration date if you are already a MÂCHÉ member.

Minnesota State Capitol
Minnesota State Capitol

Minnesota Homeschooling Laws Summary 2017

Homeschooling High School Summary 2017

Homeschooling High School requires parents to take into consideration and follow the same state laws as they do for homeschooling any other grades. However, there are additional options to consider in these upper years.

Annual reporting forms!

In the summer of 2011, the Minnesota Legislature passed the Homeschool Mandate Reduction bill, improving homeschool reporting and strengthening homeschooling rights in Minnesota.  We owe a huge thanks to Senator Gen Olson, Representative Mary Kiffmeyer and Representative Sondra Erickson. They did a fabulous job outlining the success of homeschooling over the last three decades and were rock solid in defending your right to direct the education of your children.

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. MÂCHÉ encourages you to use one of our forms or to write your own letter instead of any documents a local school district may send because those usually are, to some degree, in error. Do not set precedent by reporting more information than the statute specifies.

The following reports are available as a single download to print:

New Instructions for Annual Report to School District ~ Initial Report to Superintendent (2 pages) ~ Letter of Intent to Continue Homeschooling

HSLDA - Home School Legal Defense Association

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed.

Home School Legal Defense Association . . . tens of thousands of American families working together with HSLDA to preserve each other’s right to homeschool . . . together, “Advocates for Family & Freedom."

MACHE Pre-Session Legislative Update

Homeschooling and the Law in Minnesota

Two Law Changes that have Minor Impacts on Homeschooling

The 2014 legislature made two minor changes to the laws relating to drivers education and tax credits that have general impacts, but are worth homeschoolers knowing about.

Participation in Athletics and Other Extracurricular Activities

Have the rules on participating in high school athletics changed for homeschoolers?

Yes. This summer the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) modified its rules for homeschool participation, essentially increasing the fee for those homeschoolers who choose to be members of MSHSL. This is for only a small percentage of the homeschoolers participating in athletics and provides an opportunity for a quick refresher on the rights of homeschoolers to participate in athletics and other extracurricular activities.

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