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11/15/2002 2:58:09 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland--More Letters Needed for Board of Education

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November 15, 2002


Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

As you know, the Maryland Department of Education 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 have asked the homeschoolers of Maryland to write in opposition to
this proposed regulation. Some of you have sent me copies of letters
you are sending and they are excellent! We have received a report
that the Board of Education wants to hear from homeschoolers.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. We're asking for help from every Maryland homeschooler. We need
more letters to reach the Board of Education by the November 19
deadline. Let them hear from you now!

Our first alert did not contain the name of the individual to whom
letters should be addressed. Your letter should be addressed to Lynn
Linde, Branch Chief, Student Services and Alternative Programs
Branch, Division of Student and School Services, Maryland State
Department of Education, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore,
Maryland 21201-2595. You may mail it or fax it to 410-333-8148 or
email it to llinde@msde.state.md.us,

For more information on why we oppose this bill visit our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/Legislation/State/md/2002/MDDOERegs/default.asp

2. Please plan to attend the meeting of the Board of Education on
December 3, 2002. A big turnout from homeschoolers will send a
powerful message. The meeting will be held in the 7th Floor Board
Room of the State Education Building, 200 West Baltimore Street,
Baltimore, Maryland.

3. Please pass this alert on to your friends.

BACKGROUND

This is the most significant threat to homeschooling in Maryland in
recent memory. Adoption of this regulation could establish a
precedent for the Board of Education to adopt regulations imposing
even more restrictions without consulting homeschoolers.

The State Board of Education is in charge of the Department of
Education. The governor appoints members of the Board. The
administrative head of the Department of Education is the state
superintendent, Nancy Grasmick. Lynn Linde is in the Department's
Division of Student and School Services.

Many state organizations are fighting this regulation, including
Christian Home Educators Network, Maryland Association of Christian
Home Educators, Traditions of Roman Catholic Homes, Maryland Home
Education Association, and Family Heritage Matters.

Thank you for standing with us to protect homeschooling in Maryland.
Only with your continued help can we defeat this unacceptable
regulation.

Very truly yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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