From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


5/2/2003 12:19:06 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maine--HSLDA to Argue Sports Case

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

May 2, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

On November 26, 2002, the Maine Principals' Association (MPA)
director Richard Durost issued a memorandum warning MPA member
schools that their eligibility to compete with other member schools
would be jeopardized if they allowed homeschoolers to play on private
athletic teams. Homeschoolers, according to the memo, would still be
allowed to play school sports, but only on public school teams. Thus
homeschooling students Douglas and Laura Pelletier found themselves
excluded from their yearly participation in Seacoast Christian School
track and cross-country teams' spring season.

The MPA is the sole agency regulating high school interscholastic
extracurricular activities in Maine. Member schools, which include
all of Maine's public high schools and several private high schools,
agree to follow certain rules governing competition and eligibility.
Since 1995, Maine statutes have required public schools to allow
homeschooled students who live in their district to participate in
extracurricular activities. Also, since 1995, homeschooled students
have participated in extracurricular activities at private schools
without controversy and with the full knowledge of the MPA, its
member schools, and the public.

On March 18, 2003, Home School Legal Defense Association filed a
complaint requesting federal court to issue a preliminary injunction
against the MPA interpretation, allowing the Pelletiers and other
Maine homeschoolers like them to participate as planned during the
spring season. For Doug Pelletier, this spring is his last chance for
involvement before he goes to the U.S. Military Academy at West

The hearing for this case is on Thursday, May 8, 2003 at 9:00 a.m. in
front of Federal District Judge Brock Hornby at the Edward T. Gignoux
Courthouse at 156 Federal St, Room 102 in Portland, Maine.

The arguments will be open to the public. We encourage you to attend
and to bring other homeschoolers with you. (Please do not bring small
children or babies; however, well-behaved children are welcome.)

We solicit your prayers as HSLDA Litigation Counsel James Mason
prepares to present the arguments to defend the rights of
homeschoolers across Maine.


Jim Mason
HSLDA Litigation Counsel

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