The Home School Court Report
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March / April 1991
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Cover Stories

Legislative Storms Bring Serious Battles to Home Schoolers In Several States

Montana Legislature Rejects Attempt to Force Home Schoolers into Public School Testing

Legislative Update

Maine Introduces “Home Visit” Legislation

Legislative Surprises In Maryland Threaten Home Education

Arizona Home Schoolers Succeed in Amending Unacceptable Law

Legislation Succeeds in North Dakota Senate

Worst Home School Bill in the Nation Introduced in Kansas

Persistent Legislator Causes Trouble for Connecticut Home Schoolers

Great Britain Reveals Favorable Home-Schooling Law

Townspeople Defend Home Schoolers' Rights: F.A.I.T.H. and Victory in Massachusetts


President's Corner

Across the States

National Center Reports

C O V E R   S T O R Y

Maine Introduces “Home Visit” Legislation

In the last issue of the Home School Court Report, the restrictive regulations of the Maine Department of Education were critiqued. Public hearing on these regulations was scheduled for April 3.

Now home schoolers face another potential threat from the state legislature. On February 28, 1991, Representative Susan J. Pines of Limestone introduced LD 888 (House Bill 618) to the Joint Committee on Education. This bill, if passed, would require that home schools submit to monthly home visits to “ensure that a level of academic instruction comparable to in-school instruction is being provided.” The bill would also give the state authority during these “inspections” to “determine whether the equivalent home instruction program should be continued, altered, or terminated.”

If enacted, this legislation would violate parents’ rights to privacy and to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Home schoolers should write to Chairman Nathaniel Crowley and the other 12 members of the Joint Committee on Education to register their opposition. Not only will these letters help convince the Committee to kill LD 888, this communication will also serve as a tremendous opportunity to educate the legislature on home schooling in order prevent future restrictive legislation.