Your Legislators

Preserving our Freedom to Home Educate

The freedom of Minnesota parents to educate their children at home has only been guaranteed by law since 1987. Prior to that time, many families were charged with abuse, neglect or negligence because the school they conducted was not ‘essentially equivalent’ to the public or government schools. While we now teach in relative peace, every session of the Minnesota Legislature and the US Congress introduces bills that would adversely affect home educators. The only way we can be assured of continued freedom to teach our children is to diligently monitor the legislative process at both the state and federal levels and ACT when our interests are threatened.

As people of faith, our first and ultimate line of defense is prayer. Scripture commands us to intercede for those in authority. Please make this a part of your school’s daily routine.

Legislative involvement is a basic responsibility of every home educator. It is not an optional activity. Thomas Jefferson’s words, Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom,” remain true today. Some parents have a special interest in legislative matters and will be more involved, however, when there is an opportunity to expand our freedom or when serious problems arise, all families must unite for action.

The temptation to ignore this responsibility is foolishly strong. You may say you are too busy to do one more thing. You may think your opinion won’t be noticed. You may hope someone will speak or write for you. You may even believe you do not have the skills or facts to make a convincing case.

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing,said Edmund Burke.

The most convincing civics lessons are taught when mom or dad make a phone call, write a note to their elected official or send a letter to the editor of the local newspaper. Even at a young age, children can draw a picture note to include with their parent’s letter. Occasionally, we must rally at the State Capitol in St. Paul, an activity that is especially memorable to children. Their attendance makes a strong, favorable impression on legislators.

Section 8 of the MÂCHÉ handbook contains fundamental tools that will enable you to efficiently and confidently make your voice heard. You have MÂCHÉ’s promise never to waste your time. However, when the alarm is sounded, every home educator must answer. Our freedom to home educate depends on it.

 

United States Capital Information

United States Capitol Switchboard:

202-224-3121

 

Congressional Websites:

US Senate: www.senate.gov

US House: www.house.gov

 

United States Senate:

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D)
DC Office: 202-224-3244
302 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
http://klobuchar.senate.gov

Senator Al Franken (D)
DC Office: 202-224-5641
320 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
http://franken.senate.gov

 

United States House of Representatives:

1st District: Tim Walz, 202-225-2472                                                              1722 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515

2nd District: John Kline, 202-225-2271
2439 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515

3rd District: Erik Paulsen, 202-225-2871
126 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515

4th District: Betty McCollum, 202-225-6631
1714 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515

5th District: Keith Ellison, 202-225-4755
1027 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515

6th District: Michele Bachman, 202-225-2331
103 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515

7th District: Collin Peterson, 202-225-2165
2211 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515

8th District: Chip Cravaack, 202-225-6211
508 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515
 

 

 

Minnesota Government Information

North Star: Minnesota Government Information and Services Index: A very complete index to government Internet sites: www.state.mn.us

Governor Mark Dayton
130 State Capitol 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  St. Paul, MN 55155
Voice: 651-201-3400 or 800-657-3717
FAX: 651-797-1850
www.governor.state.mn.us
Email: mark.dayton@state.mn.us

House Public Information Services Office
175 State Office Building
651-296-2146 or 800-657-3550
MN Relay Service at 711 or 800-627-3529
www.house.leg.state.mn.us
Find out who your legislator is and when committee meetings are scheduled. Order the Session Weekly news magazine online at http://www.house.mn/hinfo/subscribesw.asp. View Session Daily, the online companion to Session Weekly. Receive educational brochures and member directories. Most of the publications can be viewed by clicking on the “Publications” bar selection at above website.

Who Represents Me?
Go to the House or Senate Home page. On the left menu, select “Who Represents You?” and go to District Finder.

Where Can I find District Maps?
Go to the House or Senate Home page. On the left menu, select “Who Represents You?” and go to Legislative District Maps.

Where Can I find House and Senate Member Rosters?
Visit the House or Senate Home Page and select “Members & Staff”.

Where Can I find Information on Visiting the Capitol?
Go to the Legislative Home Page. On the left menu, select “Of Interest” and select “Visiting the Capitol”.

House Television Services
651-296-2146 or 800-657-3550
MN Relay Service at 711 or 800-627-3529
This office is responsible for live coverage of House floor sessions and selected committee hearings, and is available in the metro area on Channel 17, KTCI-TV. Programs are close-captioned. Greater Minnesota residents should check local cable operators for time and channel or for web cast coverage at the office’s website: http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/liveweb.htm

Chief Clerk’s Office
211 State Capitol 651-296-2314 Fax 651-296-1326
Get copies of bills (if you know the bill number), agendas for House sessions, and the Journal of the House.   Senate Information Office
231 State Capitol 651-296-0504
This office is responsible for all information about the Senate, including bill status, committee schedules, legislative information, and the distribution of bill copies.   Senate Media Services
B-44 State Capitol 651-296-0264
This bipartisan office produces television programs, multi-media production, photography and graphics, as well as live coverage of the Senate floor sessions and selected committee hearings.

You've Got (e-)Mail
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House: Go to Home Page, then scroll down to Electronic Notifications.

Senate: Go to Home Page, then scroll down to Information and Publications, then select Minnesota Senate Email List Subscription Form.

Get on the Web
Direct your Web browser to www.leg.state.mn.us. You will have access to the House, Senate, Bill Tracking, Statutes, Session Laws, Rules, Schedules, Legislative Departments and Commissions. You can search by bill number, or with key words likely to be found in the bill's title. You can also search by chief author, other authors, statutory citation, or the revisor's number.