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4/1/2011 10:14:39 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maine: Call, Attend Crucial Hearing in Augusta on April 6 to Restore Equal Acces

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Maine: Call, Attend Crucial Hearing
in Augusta on April 6 to Restore Equal Access

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

For many years, Maine homeschool students enjoyed the same access to
special education services and low-cost college classes as public
school students. But beginning about a year ago, homeschoolers were
told they could not participate in these programs unless they
entrusted their children to the public school system for at least one
academic course.

A family that continued to provide all academic courses through home
instruction would be penalized for their convictions: they would be
locked out of these tax-payer funded programs.

Representative David Burns has filed a bill, LD 1197, that is designed
to restore homeschoolers' equal access to these important programs.

At 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, the Education and Cultural Affairs
Committee of the Maine legislature will hold a crucial hearing on LD
1197 in Room 202 of the Cross Building, 111 Sewall St Augusta, Maine.
We need your help!

ACTION REQUESTED

1. If you tried to get access to special education services, or
low-cost college classes (i.e., Senior Year Plus, Post-Secondary
Enrollment Option, Aspirations Program) for your homeschooled student
but were turned down, PLEASE come to the hearing on Wednesday and tell
your story. If possible, email Ed Green at homeschl@midcoast.com to
let him know you're coming. He has offered to coordinate efforts.
Your testimony could be crucial!

2. Even if you were not personally rejected, help those who were!

> Come to the hearing Wednesday to show your support;
> Call the committee members indicated below corresponding to the
letter with which your last name begins;
> Also, if your senator or representative is listed below, call him or
her and along with your message about LD 1197, and remind them you are
a constituent. Use our Legislative Toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox to determine who your senator and
representatives are.
> You can use the phone or email information below, or leave a message
for representatives at (800) 423-2900, or senators at (800) 423-6900
(both are toll-free in state)

3. Your message can be as simple as:

"Please vote yes on LD 1197. Homeschooled children have the same
needs and hopes as others and deserve the same access to special
education services and state-assisted college classes."

4. Pass this on to your friends!

IF YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS WITH A THROUGH F, CALL:

Senator Brian D. Langley (R-Hancock), Chair
Home Telephone: (207) 667-0625
langley4legislature@myfairpoint.net

Senator Garrett Paul Mason (R-Androscoggin)
Home Telephone: (207) 577-1521
garrettpaulmason@gmail.com

Senator Justin L. Alfond (D-Cumberland) NA
Home Telephone: (207) 828-0277
Justin@JustinAlfond.com

IF YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS WITH G THROUGH L, CALL:

Representative David E. Richardson (R-Carmel), Chair
Home Telephone: (207) 848-3040
RepDavid.Richardson@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Peter E. Edgecomb (R-Caribou)
Home Telephone: (207) 496-3188
RepPeter.Edgecomb@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Howard E. McFadden (R-Dennysville)
Home Telephone: (207) 726-4676
mcfaddenh@roadrunner.com

Representative Peter B. Johnson (R-Greenville)
Home Telephone: (207) 695-2019
Cell Phone: (207) 280-0888
RepPete.Johnson@legislature.maine.gov

IF YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS WITH M THROUGH R, CALL:

Representative Joyce A. Maker (R-Calais)
Home Telephone: (207) 454-2327
RepJoyce.Maker@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Michael D. McClellan (R-Raymond)
Home Telephone: (207) 655-4438
RepMichael.McClellan@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Richard V. Wagner (D-Lewiston)
Home Telephone: (207) 784-0645
RepRichard.Wagner@legislature.maine.gov

IF YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS WITH S THROUGH Z, CALL:

Representative Mary Pennell Nelson (D-Falmouth)
Home Telephone: (207) 781-3750
RepMary.Nelson@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Stephen D. Lovejoy (D-Portland)
Home Telephone: (207) 773-5538
steve.lovejoy@myfairpoint.net

Representative Helen Rankin (D-Hiram)
Home Telephone: (207) 625-4620
Cell Phone: (207) 252-9919
RepHelen.Rankin@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Madonna M. Soctomah (Passamaquoddy Tribe)
Home Telephone: (207) 853-2985
Cell Phone: (207) 904-7580
RepMadonna.Soctomah@legislature.maine.gov

HSLDA and Homeschoolers of Maine are united in supporting this bill.
Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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