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2/12/2007 10:26:16 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland--Calls Needed For Fair Access to Special Education Services

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Maryland--Calls Needed For Fair Access to Special Education Services

Dear HSLDA members and friends in Maryland,

Calls are needed immediately to support a bill that will give
homeschool families the same access to special education services
(speech therapy, occupational therapy, etc.) that private school
students get.

Special needs homeschool students routinely received these services
until a year or two ago, when counties abruptly began canceling them.

This bill, Senate Bill (S.B.) 116, restores fairness to the system and
gives our special needs children access to services if they wish to
use them. It will not affect those who do not wish to use the
services.

Passage of this bill will be a tremendous blessing for families who
need the services but cannot afford to obtain them privately. The
bill's first test will be a hearing this Wednesday, February 14, at 1
p.m.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please call the members of the Senate Education, Health, and
Environmental Affairs committee immediately. Your message can be as
simple as, "Please vote in favor of S.B. 116. It will give homeschool
students fair access to special education services they need, like
homeschool students in many other states already do."

Your call will be especially effective if you live in the district of
the committee member you call. Use our legislative toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox before calling to see who your senator
is, then check the list below to see if he's on the committee.

2. Come to the hearing on Wednesday and testify in support of the
bill. Your testimony will be especially helpful if you have a special
needs child this bill would benefit. If you think you may testify,
please call Jennifer Levy, Sen. Brochin's aide, at 410-841-3648 in
advance.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Joan Carter Conway, Chair
(410) 841-3145, (301) 858-3145
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3145 (toll free)
email: joan.carter.conway@senate.state.md.us

Roy P. Dyson, Vice-Chair
(410) 841-3673, (301) 858-3673
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3673 (toll free)
roy.dyson@senate.state.md.us

Gwendolyn T. Britt
(410) 841-3745, (301) 858-3745
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3745 (toll free)
email: gwendolyn.britt@senate.state.md.us

Richard F. Colburn
(410) 841-3590, (301) 858-3590
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3590 (toll free)
email: richard.colburn@senate.state.md.us

Janet Greenip
(410) 841-3568, (301) 858-3568
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3568 (toll free)
email: janet.greenip@senate.state.md.us

Andrew P. Harris
(410) 841-3706, (301) 858-3706
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3706 (toll free)
email: andrew.harris@senate.state.md.us

J. Robert Hooper
(410) 841-3603, (301) 858-3603
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3603 (toll free)
email: robert.hooper@senate.state.md.us

Michael G. Lenett
(410) 841-3151, (301) 858-3151
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3151 (toll free)
email: mike.lenett@senate.state.md.us

Paul G. Pinsky
(410) 841-3155, (301) 858-3155
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3155 (toll free)
email: paul.pinsky@senate.state.md.us

James C. Rosapepe
(410) 841-3141, (301) 858-3141
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3141 (toll free)
e-mail: jim.rosapepe@senate.state.md.us

Robert A. Zirkin
(410) 841-3131, (301) 858-3131
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3131 (toll free)
e-mail: bobby.zirkin@senate.state.md.us

BACKGROUND

HSLDA has been working closely with Senator James Brochin (Baltimore
County), the sponsor, to develop this bill. It has been drafted
carefully to give special needs families the access they need without
impacting families who do not wish to use the services. Senator
Kittleman is a cosponsor.

In states where a homeschool is considered a private school, families
already have access to these services. Other states give access to
these services with special laws. Maryland law currently does not
provide any right for homeschool families to have access to these
services.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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