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11/13/2002 3:18:56 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland--Written Comment Needed Immediately on Change to Regulations

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November 13, 2002


Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The Maryland Department of Education (MDOE) has not agreed to drop
their push to change the homeschool regulations. As we mentioned in
our email from last Friday (11/8/2002), the MDOE has proposed a rule
that would require homeschoolers to file an assurance of consent
notice every year. Currently, a notice is filed only once, at the
beginning of the homeschool program.

We believe the Maryland Board of Education may vote on this proposed
regulation at its December 3 meeting. We need help from the
homeschoolers of Maryland to see that this change is not implemented.

REQUESTED ACTION

We have until November 19 to influence the Board's decision through
written comments. Please write to the Board by that date and explain
how you feel about the potential regulation change.

Address your letter to Maryland State Department of Education, 200
West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201-2595. Fax it to
(410) 333-8148 or email it to llinde@msde.state.md.us, or send it by
mail to the address above.

Please ask other homeschoolers you know to write also.

REASONS TO OPPOSE THE NEW REGULATION

1. It was drafted in isolation, without any consultation with those
it would affect.

2. Home school regulations work because of goodwill between the
homeschool community and public education officials. This goodwill
may be undermined if the proposed regulation is adopted since
homeschoolers were excluded from the drafting process.

3. It is unnecessary. Once a family notifies the county that it is
homeschooling, there is no need to notify again.

4. It is a paperwork burden. Filing once is acceptable. Having to
file every year, on penalty of being forced to stop homeschooling, is
overly burdensome.

Thank you for standing with us to support homeschool freedom. We will
keep you posted as to the progress of this situation.

Very truly yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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