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2/14/2003 3:17:16 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maine--Homeschoolers Pack Hearing Room for LD 160

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February 14, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Over 550 homeschoolers from all across Maine packed the room where
the Joint Educational and Cultural Affairs committee conducted a
hearing on LD 160 on Tuesday. There were so many they spilled out
into the adjacent hall and filled an overflow room.

Most committee members were already very familiar with LD 160.
Homeschoolers had sent them a tremendous number of letters, emails
and phone messages before the hearing.

Witness after witness spoke in favor of LD 160, including myself,
Senator Carol Weston, a principal sponsor of the bill, Kathi Kearney,
Ed Green of Homeschoolers of Maine, and other lawmakers.

Not a single witness opposed the bill. A representative of the
Department of Education spoke and did not oppose abolishing the
archaic "approval" process and replacing it with a notice of intent.
She did, however, request several amendments.

A number of details remain to be worked out. The committee will meet
for a work session at a later date (probably within the next two
weeks), to consider amendments to the bill and then vote on sending
the bill to the full House and Senate.

The outpouring of support from the home school community has been
tremendous. Bill sponsor Carol Weston is working with great
dedication to help this bill become law. Even the Department of
Education, which has done so much over the past two years to try to
restrict homeschool freedom, is not opposing the abolition of
"approval." Our work, however, is not nearly over. We must still
get the bill through the committee's work session, then the house and
senate.

Thank you for all you are doing to help bring more liberty to Maine
families. Thank you for your continued support of HSLDA.

Very truly yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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