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4/7/2011 3:32:31 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maine--Committee Hears Evidence to Restore Aspirations and Special Ed Services

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Maine--Committee Hears Evidence
to Restore Aspirations and Special Ed Services

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Thank you for calling and attending yesterday's hearing on LD 1197!
The Maine legislature's Education and Cultural Affairs Committee heard
powerful evidence in support of our bill to restore special education
services and Aspirations program benefits to homsechoolers.

I submitted written testimony explaining important background issues,
and Ed Green of Homeschoolers of Maine read it to the committee and
gave his own testimony. Six homeschool moms whose children were denied
access to these programs told their stories of disappointed
expectations and opportunities lost.

As is their usual practice, the committee did not vote yesterday. A
work session will be scheduled soon when they will consider possible
changes to the bill, and then vote. Because the hearing went well,
however, we believe there are grounds to be cautiously optimistic.

It is impossible to restore what families lost during the past year
when these two important services were abruptly taken away. But
Homeschoolers of Maine and HSLDA will continue to work hard to correct
the laws so other families do not suffer the same.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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