From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


12/4/2002 4:41:17 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland: Tremendous Breakthrough

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends in Maryland:

The Maryland State Board of Education voted this morning to delay any
decision on the proposed new homeschool regulation until their
February meeting and instructed the state department of education to
create a committee composed of homeschoolers to discuss the issues.
This is a terrific breakthrough!

More than 85 homeschoolers packed the boardroom yesterday during the
time for public comment. There was standing room only.
Representatives from many homeschool organizations testified
courteously but forcefully against the proposed regulation. Those who
testified included Julie Wesolek (Christian Home Educators Network),
Gary Cox (Walkersville Christian Family Schools), Jon Shilts
(Maryland Association of Christian Home Educators), Billy Greer
(Maryland Home Educators Association), Bob Beller (Traditions of
Roman Catholic Homes), and Scott Somerville (HSLDA).

The vote is an answer to many prayers. It is also a tribute to the
hard work of many Maryland homeschooling families who organized,
attended meetings, wrote letters, and made phone calls.


Although the board agreed to our request to sit down and discuss the
issues, it also made statements indicating that it still intended to
pursue some form of annual notification. We hope this is not an
indication that the board has made up its mind before the committee
has done its work.

Pray that the state department of education will truly have an open
mind and listen to the committee and that all issues will be resolved
in a way that protects the liberties of homeschooling families in

Our thanks to Gary Cox for passing along information he obtained
while attending the board meeting this morning.

Sincerely yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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