The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XV, NUMBER 4
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JULY / AUGUST 1999
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Cover Story
What Did the Founders Say? A Strategy to Bring Original Intent Back to U.S. Courts

Special Features
House Protects Liberty—When Money Is at Stake

Debate: The Clash of Skill, Wit, and Ideas

PHC Breaks New Ground

Touched By An Angel Responds to Home Schooler’s Concerns

National Center Reports
Straight A’s Bill Introduced

Marriage Penalty Tax Relief

New Plan Allows SSN Alternative for IRS Deductions

The Beginning of the End:National Teaching Certificates and Goals 2000

Military Recuitment of Home Schoolers Increasing

Across the States
State by State

Regular Features
Press Clippings

A Contrario Sensu

Prayer and Praise

Litigation Report

President’s Page

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Home School Heartbeat in Maryland

Baltimore
WBIM
1150
AM
Frederick
Beacon House Radio

INTERNET
Glen Burnie
WFBR
1590
AM
Mitchillsville
INETFAITH.CO
1700
INTERN
Princess Anne
WOLC
102.5
FM
Salisbury
WDIH
90.3
FM
Thurmont
WTHU
1450
AM
Maryland

Trouble in Anne Arundel County
    A Home School Legal Defense Association family recently contacted our office regarding portfolio review practices in Anne Arundel County. A review of the county’s forms discloses that the county’s evaluation extends beyond those areas of instruction it is permitted to evaluate under law. Maryland regulations allow a portfolio review with regard to the following subjects: English, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, health, and physical education. In addition to these eight, Anne Arundel County appears to demand portfolio evidence with regard to some or all of the following subjects: computer science, library skills, home economics, technology education, and foreign language. Maryland home schoolers have no obligation to present any evidence of instruction except for the eight subjects specified by regulation.

No Yearly Update Needed
    Baltimore County is distributing a form entitled Home Instruction Yearly Update Form. It asks for considerable personal information and asks permission to release “directory information” to the public. A similar form is being distributed by Worcester County. There is no law requiring any response to these intrusive requests. HSLDA advises home schoolers to ignore such forms.