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6/4/2003 3:46:42 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maine--New Commissioner Brings New Attitude

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June 4, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

During the final two years of Duke Albanese's tenure as Commissioner
of Education, the Maine Department of Education treated homeschool
families disgracefully. In February, Governor Baldacci nominated
Susan Gendron as the new commissioner.

On June 3rd, I met in Augusta with Buzz Kastuck of the Department of
Education, and several homeschool leaders to discuss the transition
to the new homeschool law. It was evident during the meeting that
Commissioner Gendron has a much more conciliatory attitude toward the
homeschool community. The Department sees Legislative Document 160
much the same way we do and appears willing to address issues that
arise during the transition on a consensus basis with the homeschool
community.

This is a welcome change from the last two years. We hope that the
combination of greater liberty under the new homeschool law and a
more homeschool friendly Commissioner mean much smoother waters for
homeschoolers in Maine.

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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