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6/25/2010 5:05:24 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maine--State Abruptly Barricades Aspirations Program

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Maine--State Abruptly Barricades Aspirations Program

Dear Maine HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Maine Department of Education has abruptly cut off homeschoolers'
open access to the Aspirations program.

This program has helped many bright homeschool teens take a college
class while still finishing up their secondary education. The state
pays half the cost of tuition, and the college waives the other half.
Homeschoolers have robustly participated since the program's inception
around 1998.

But the Department recently reinterpreted applicable laws and
dramatically restricted access. HSLDA and Homeschoolers of Maine are
working together to obtain a full explanation from the Department.
After receiving their explanation, we will evaluate what further steps
we should take.

In the meantime, it is the Department's position that a homeschooler
can participate in the Aspirations program only if they first dual
enroll in a public school class. Dual enrollment is allowed under
Title 20-A, section 5021 of the Maine Revised Statutes. A class can
be audited or taken for credit. You may view the statutory
requirements at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8567 .

Instead of the state paying just half the cost of a course at a public
four-year college (about $1,000), under the reinterpreted Aspiration
statutes it will now be forced to pay this amount PLUS the additional
cost of the student enrolling in a high school class he doesn't even
want, about $1,000 ( i.e., 25% of the state's funding for a full-time
student).

The Department's reinterpretation of the applicable laws therefore
doubles the public cost of the Aspirations program from about $1,000
to about $2,000. This is a poor time to be needlessly spending
taxpayer's money.

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.,
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association

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