From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


12/6/2002 5:10:37 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maine--Homeschoolers' Sports Eligibility Challenged

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

December 6, 2002

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

After many years of smooth relationships between the homeschool
community and the high school sports community, a memo from Dick
Durost, Executive Director of the Maine Principal's Association
(MPA), has caused great distress. The November 26, 2002, memo
outlined severe restrictions on the ability of Chapter 130
homeschoolers, as well as homeschoolers enrolled in non-approved
private schools, to participate on the sports teams of private

We believe the MPA may have failed to follow its own rules. We
believe important constitutional and statutory guarantees may also
have been violated.

We have made numerous phone calls to Mr. Durost over the past week
but have not gotten through. We intend to contact him early next
week and ask him to withdraw his memo. Although he is executive
director of the MPA, there is no indication that the association
itself approved of the memo.

If we are unable to resolve this with negotiations, we will support
efforts to change the law and may also consider litigation under
appropriate circumstances.

If you are a member of HSLDA and believe that your student's ability
to participate on a private school team is in jeopardy, please
contact us.

If we are able to resolve this through negotiation, we will let you
know as soon as possible.

Sincerely yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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