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Lorna Cook, left, looks over homeschooling paperwork Tuesday with her son James, 8, at their home near Pennock. Cook has been home schooling her five children since her eldest, who is now 22, was 5 years of age. She says the state's streamlined requirements make homeschooling "a little bit simpler." Tribune photo by Gary Miller

New law spares homeschoolers from bureaucracy of old laws

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Minnesota parents who teach their children at home feel like they have received a promotion. "The state is recognizing the validity of home education," Lorna Cook of Willmar said of a new law that frees homeschoolers from most of the bureaucracy of old laws. "To those of us who are home educators, the statistics show that, overall for home education, parents are doing a pretty good job."


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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.