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6/20/2002 5:30:07 PM
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
Maine--Application for Equivalent Instruction 2002-2003

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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

By now most of you have received your home schooling applications for
the 2002-2003 school year from the Maine Department of Education.
There are a few points HSLDA would like to address about these forms.

There is a typographical error in the first sentence of the cover
letter. The assessment that should be submitted is not for the 2000-
2001 year but the 2001-2002 year.

The cover letter demands that you "specifically describe the
assessment process that was utilized." Maine law does not require
this and we recommend that you not submit this information.

The cover letter states "Assessments received without this letter
[the cover letter]" attached "will be returned." Paragraph "h" of
the application makes the same demand. Maine law does not require you
to send back this cover letter. Therefore we recommend against
attaching a copy of the cover letter to your application.

The first page of the application asks for background information.
You do not need to disclose the date of birth, your telephone number,
or whether or not the child was home schooled in the previous year.
This information is not required under Maine law.

At the top of the second page, we advise that you cross out the word
"agree" and replace it with "intend."

Under paragraph "d", curriculum, simply list the subjects you will be
teaching. Be sure to include all required subjects. This will
suffice for a program syllabus or curriculum outline. (Contrary to
what the application states, you do NOT need to submit a COURSE
syllabus.)

Paragraph "e" asks for the textbooks and instructional materials you
will use. Keep in mind the state has no power to approve or
disapprove your choice of books. There is no right or wrong answer.
You need not list all books and materials you plan to use, and you
can change your mind any time you wish if you crossed out "agree" and
inserted "intend" where noted.

Paragraph "f" asks for both your quarterly and annual plan of
assessment. The regulations require that you describe your plan for
assessing your child four times per year. The assessments are not
required to be quarterly. You are not required to submit a plan for
annual assessment and we recommend that you do not.

On page four of the application, the state asks you for the date you
sent a copy of the application to your local superintendent. Maine
law does not require you to submit this information. We recommend
that you disregard it.

We strongly recommend that you send the application via certified
mail, with return receipt requested, and keep and file the receipt
when it comes back to you. This will be crucial if we later need to
prove the date of receipt for legal purposes.

There is no specific deadline for submitting your application. I
suggest you submit it before the first day your local public schools
are in session.

As if these unlawful demands following the oppressive rule changes
were not enough, the commissioner has permitted those under his
supervision to add insult to injury by sending an application for
welfare ("MaineCare") to all Maine home schoolers! This is highly
offensive and inexcusable.

The coming 9 to 12 months may present many challenges for Maine
homeschoolers. Please encourage homeschoolers you know to join
HSLDA, Homeschoolers of Maine, and other home school organizations.
This will maximize our effectiveness in protecting our liberties and
redressing these wrongs.

If you are an HSLDA member, please contact the legal department at
HSLDA if you have any questions.

Very truly yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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