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DOE “Subsequent Year Letter” Blooper

After the first year of homeschooling a child in Maine, families are required to file a very simple letter annually confirming that they are going to continue homeschooling the child (along with a year-end assessment).

But Kathy Green of Homeschoolers of Maine, and another Home School Legal Defense Association member, informed us that the Maine Department of Education had posted a blooper. On its website, the department had published a “Subsequent Year Letter’ form, which was actually a first-time notice of intent to homeschool form requiring significantly more information than the annual letter.

At least one school system, MSAD 40, sent the erroneous form to families and asked them to fill it out.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff contacted the Maine Department of Education, where the official involved quickly recognized and corrected the online blunder.

While it’s important that the state publish only forms that line up with state law, homeschooling families in Maine are not required to use a state form at all. They can submit the required information in another manner.* On the other hand, the forms available on the department’s website at press time now line up with state law so well that there is probably no harm in using them.

— by Scott A. Woodruff

* See “A Plethora of Forms.”