Oppose the HF874 bill being pushed in MN.

Oppose the HF874 bill being pushed in MN.

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Dear friends,

The HF874 bill is a bill being introduced in MN that would completely change the wording in our MN Constitution regarding education. This language reconstruction will make the future of alternative education options (Homeschooling, Private Education) undoubtably rocky. This, in turn, could potentially alter the course of many Homeschool and Private School families' futures. We cannot allow this bill to be passed. Our futures (and the future generations) depend on it.

Sign this petition to oppose this bill and help prevent future changes to our Constitution!

See this message from the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE).

  A message from MACHE:

"Dear MÂCHÉ Members and Friends,

There will be an informational hearing for HF874 in the House Education Policy Committee on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 1:00 PM.

HF874 New Constitutional Language Proposed: 
“All children have a fundamental right to a quality public education that fully prepares them with the skills necessary for participation in the economy, our democracy, and society, as measured against uniform achievement standards set forth by the state. It is a paramount duty of the state to ensure quality public schools that fulfill this fundamental right.”

Our position has been shared in writing and in multiple meetings with the authors and proponents of the amendment over the last year and especially since our last alert two weeks ago. 
 
MÂCHÉ strongly opposes this amendment. It is a significant change to our state constitution saying, “All children have a fundamental right to a quality public education…,” which includes our children by any rational reading. It is measuring quality by the politicized state standards. Our right to homeschool was established under the current constitutional language. Therefore, any change to the state constitution sets up a new round of court cases, undermining the rights that for the past thirty years we have been fighting for. 
 
Proponents argue this is about ensuring quality education; that this doesn’t involve private or homeschooling children. They emphasize other words, “All children have a fundamental right to a quality public education...,” and talk about what they intend for it to mean - above what it actually says. Poorly written laws have consequences waiting for the right courtroom to misread them. Intents may be noble, but good intentions do not make good law. Courts use the written word, not the intentions of the writers. Proponents also argue that parental rights and homeschooling are protected elsewhere, yet this is a constitutional amendment that would be in conflict with or trump those previous rulings.
 
We also question why this is needed. If authors want to fix public school systems, they have 100% authority and oversight of them now, without changing the constitution. If the only intent is to improve public schools, they can and should do that through local school districts, the Minnesota Legislature, and Department of Education. Why don’t they? Why do the authors need this change to help failing state-run schools? Does the solution fit the problem or create new ones?  
 
This amendment can easily be read as an effective removal of the parental rights to determine education for their own children; that parents no longer decide what quality is because that is now a “paramount responsibility” of the state. This requires further legislation and litigation where decisions on curriculum, delivery, materials, religious content, facilities, and other aspects are determined by the state."
 

 

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