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3/23/2007 9:21:09 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland--Update: Bill Creating Access to Special Ed Services Advances

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Maryland--Update: Bill Creating Access to Special Ed Services Advances

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

Thank you for your phone calls! Homeschoolers are now closer to fair
access to federally funded special education services.

On January 31, the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs
Committee held a hearing on Senator James Brochin's S.B. 116, the bill
that will give homeschoolers the same access to federally funded
special education services that private school students already
receive. HSLDA attorney Scott Woodruff was unable to attend because a
winter storm the night before made roads in Northern Virginia
impassable. However, Maryland attorney Scott Somerville, General
Counsel for Lampstand Press (Tapestry of Grace), attended at HSLDA's
request and provided crucial testimony.

State legislative personnel had attached a "fiscal note" to the bill
indicating it would cost the state millions of dollars. Attorney
Somerville thoroughly refuted this assertion during his testimony at
the hearing. An amendment was subsequently added to the bill to make
it abundantly clear that only federally-funded services were at issue.
Other homeschool families offered testimony in favor of the bill, as
well.

The committee voted in favor of the bill on March 9. On March 13, the
Maryland Senate voted 46-0 in favor of S.B. 116. The bill now moves
to the House of Delegates for action.

This common sense bill does not appear to be controversial, so we are
not asking families to take any further action at this point in time.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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HSLDA works hard to shed light on the good work of home educators
so it's obvious that we don't need someone "making-over" our
homeschools. Join HSLDA and help us show the world that we're fine
as we are . . . thank you!

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