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9/17/2003 3:44:31 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland--Unnecessary Portfolio Review Forms

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September 16, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Several counties ask families who operate under the portfolio review
option to fill out a form, often called a "Home Schooling Profile",
before submitting their portfolio. These forms ask for information
to which the school system is not entitled.

For example, a form recently mailed to Frederick County home
schoolers asks for the birth date of the student and the basic home
instruction schedule. Allegany County's form asks whether the family
networks with other families, whether the student's work is evaluated
by anyone else, and asks for a description of the student's
"designated study area."

You are not required to fill out any such form before submitting your
portfolio. We recommend that you do not. However, if you want to
fill out the form, we recommend that you put "N/A" in the blanks
calling for information not required by regulations.

The forms usually hint that your portfolio review will go faster if
you fill out the form. The promise of saving time is certainly very
appealing. It is difficult to understand, however, how gathering
information that is not required--and not even relevant to the
portfolio review--will speed up anything.

Furthermore, the school systems do not seem to take into account how
filling out such a form will interrupt your home school day. It takes
time to fill out forms. Teaching parents are busy. And keep in mind
that you can save time by simply dropping off your portfolio, rather
than waiting with the official while he reviews your portfolio.

Sincerely,


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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