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Prior to 2010, homeschoolers enjoyed fair access to special education services and low-cost college classes. However, access to these programs for homeschool families has been blocked. This bill would clarify the law to ensure that homeschoolers can once again have access to these services.
UPDATE: This bill has been amended by the House to remove the section that would give fair access to special education services. However, the bill would still ensure that homeschoolers are once again able to participate in the state's postsecondary enrollment program.
01/24/2013 (House) Introduced, referred to House Education and Cultural Affairs Committee
02/13/2013 (House) Committee hearing scheduled
04/03/2013 (House) Reported out of committee
04/09/2013 (Senate) Committee amendment read and adopted
04/10/2013 (Senate) Passed to be engrossed
04/23/2013 (House) Passed to be enacted
06/27/2013 (Senate) Passed to be enacted
This bill has been signed by Governor LePage, and is now law.
When the bureaucrats blocked access to these two programs, they offered that homeschoolers could participate if they took one public school class. However, you should not have your arm twisted into entrusting your child to the public school system. You should not be forced to give up what you know is the best education for your child to get access to programs your tax dollars are already paying for. You should not be penalized for your convictions.
Thank you for standing with us for freedom!
HSLDA and Homeschoolers of Maine are united in supporting this bill.
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