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8/21/2009 4:49:25 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maine--Reminder: Annual Notice, Assessment, Caution

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Maine--Reminder: Annual Notice, Assessment, Caution

Dear Maine HSLDA Members:

This is just a reminder that if you operated under Maine's homeschool
statute last year, your annual notice that you intend to continue home
educating a child is due (along with the child's annual assessment) by
September 1. It should be sent to the state Department of Education,
and a copy to your local public school system.

This year you must use extra caution if you plan to use a form on the
Maine Department of Education's website, or one your local school
system sent you.

The Department of Education's website
http://www.state.me.us/education/hs/index.html lists two "subsequent
year letter" forms. One is correct and one contains errors.

The Department's old one--the one labeled for 2008-2009--is actually
correct. If you choose to use it, simply make two changes. Cross out
"2008-09" and pencil in "2009-10". Cross out "2007-08" in both places
it occurs and pencil in "2008-09".

The Department's new one--the one labeled for 2009-10--unfortunately
is incorrect. It calls for all the information that is necessary for
an INITIAL notice of intent. The subsequent year letter, on the other
hand, requires only name, address, and the names of the children whom
you intend to continue homeschooling.

If your school system sent you a blank subsequent year letter form,
they probably sent you this incorrect form. We have confirmed, for
example, that MSAD 40 sent the form containing errors to families. We
have brought this to the attention of the Department, but have not
received a response.

A better plan is simply to use the subsequent year letter form that is
available to you at no cost as a member of HSLDA on the members-only
section of our website, http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5465 You can
be confident it contains no errors.

Remember to keep copies of each item until the homeschool program
concludes, as the law requires.

I hope this an excellent year for you and your family. Thank you for
being part of HSLDA and supporting the mission of advancing
homeschooling.


Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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