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8/30/2004 7:28:17 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maine--A Quick Review of Maine's New Homeschool Procedures

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August 30, 2004


Maine--A Quick Review of Maine's New Homeschool Procedures


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

On Friday, May 16, 2003, Governor John Baldacci signed into law a
complete overhaul of Maine's homeschool law. Here is a helpful
summary as you start a new school year.

1. If a notice of intent was filed for your child in a previous year
in Maine, you should send a letter (no particular form is required) to
the Commissioner of Education and your local school administrative
unit (SAU) enclosing your year-end assessment and stating whether you
intend to continue homeschooling the child. This letter is due by
September 1. We recommend that you send it return receipt requested,
and staple the green postal receipt to your file copy when it is
returned to you.

2. If you have a child who will be homeschooled for the first time
this fall, you need to file a notice of intent (no particular form is
required) with the Commissioner of Education and your SAU. It must be
filed not more than 10 days after the child's homeschool program
starts. Your notice must include:

- the name, signature, and address of the parent or guardian,

- the name and age of the student,

- the date home instruction will or did begin,

- a statement of assurance that instruction will be provided for at
least 175 days annually (but you may establish your own school year)
and will cover English and language arts, math, science, social
studies, physical education, health education, library skills, fine
arts and in at least one grade from grade 6 to 12, Maine studies, and
in at least one grade from grade 7 to 12, the student will demonstrate
proficiency in the use of computers.

- a statement of assurance that the parents will submit a year-end
assessment from among the authorized options.

3. If you decide to homeschool after the public schools have started,
or you move into Maine during school year, follow number 2.

4. You must keep the following records until the homeschool program
concludes: all notices, letters and assessments you file with the SAU
and Commissioner.


Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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