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4/3/2007 9:34:19 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland--Calls Needed Urgently on Special Ed Services Bill

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Maryland--Calls Needed Urgently on Special Ed Services Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

Time is short! Although the bill that would give homeschoolers fair
access to federally funded special education services (S.B. 116)
passed the Senate unanimously, we urgently need your help. The
Legislature will adjourn in a few days.

It is crucial that the House Ways and Means Committee vote on the bill
within the next 24 hours so it can get to the house floor in time for
a vote!

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please immediately call members of the House Ways and Means
Committee--especially if your own delegate is listed as a committee
member below. Your message can be as simple as:

"Please promptly vote in favor of S.B. 116. This bill will have no
fiscal impact on state funds, but will make federally funded education
services available to an entire class of non-public school students
who are now locked out. The parents of those students pay federal
taxes, so state law should give them equal access to those services."

Use our legislative toolbox to see if one of the committee members is
your delegate.

2. Please pass this on to five homeschool families. We need more
calls!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Sheila E. Hixson, Chair (410) 841-3469, (301) 858-3469

Ann Marie Doory, Vice-Chair (410) 841-3476, (301) 858-3476

Joseph R. Bartlett
(410) 841-3107, (301) 858-3107
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3107 (toll free)

Kumar P. Barve
(410) 841-3464, (301) 858-3464
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3464 (toll free)

Jon S. Cardin
(410) 841-3833, (301) 858-3833
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3833 (toll free)

D. Page Elmore
(410) 841-3433, (301) 858-3433
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3433 (toll free)

Ronald A. George
(410) 841-3439, (301) 858-3439
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3439 (toll free)

James W. Gilchrist
(410) 841-3744, (301) 858-3744
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3744 (toll free)

Carolyn J. B. Howard
(410) 841-3919, (301) 858-3919
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3919 (toll free)

Jolene Ivey
(410) 841-3478, (301) 858-3478
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3478 (toll free)

J. B. Jennings
(410) 841-3698, (301) 858-3698
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3698 (toll free)

Anne R. Kaiser
(410) 841-3036, (301) 858-3036
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3036 (toll free)

Nancy J. King
(410) 841-3037, (301) 858-3037
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3037 (toll free)

Susan W. Krebs
(410) 841-3200, (301) 858-3200
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3200 (toll free)

Robert A. McKee
(410) 841-3447, (301) 858-3447
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3447 (toll free)

Peter F. Murphy
(410) 841-3247, (301) 858-3247
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3247 (toll free)

John A. Olszewski, Jr.
(410) 841-3458, (301) 858-3458
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3458 (toll free)

Craig L. Rice
(410) 841-3090, (301) 858-3090
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3090 (toll free)

Justin D. Ross
(410) 841-3652, (301) 858-3652
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3652 (toll free)

Melvin L. Stukes
(410) 841-3544, (301) 858-3544
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3544 (toll free)

Frank S. Turner
(410) 841-3246, (301) 858-3246
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3246 (toll free)

Jay Walker
(410) 841-3581, (301) 858-3581
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3581 (toll free)

BACKGROUND:

Students in private schools can get federally funded special education
services, like speech therapy, vision therapy, etc. Homeschool
students in some states--but not Maryland--are classified as private
school students. S.B. 116 solves this problem by putting homeschool
students on equal footing with private school students.

While we recommend that families obtain special education services
privately when that is possible, the simple fact is that many
homeschool families do not have the insurance or money to pay for
this. Without this bill, they may simply have to do without.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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