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7/26/2011 1:54:01 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland--Baltimore County to Mandate What, When Homeschoolers Teach?

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Maryland--Baltimore County to Mandate
What and When Homeschool Programs Teach?

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

OwingsMillsPatch.com published an article yesterday saying that
Baltimore County Public Schools was considering a policy that would
"require ... homeschoolers to follow board-approved policies on what
is taught and when it's taught."

If true, this would be alarming. It would also be a violation of a
state regulation which prohibits individual school systems from adding
their own homeschool requirements. COMAR 13A.10.01.01(F) says: "A
local school system may not impose additional requirements for home
instruction programs other than those in these regulations."

The article is not correct. The proposed change to policy No. 6602
says it would apply to only "alternative education programs provided
by the board." A family teaching their children at home through home
instruction is not a program "provided by the board." Homeschool
families need not be concerned.

I have written to the author, Alessa Giampaolo, and suggested that she
make a correction.

Sincerely yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

Link to article:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11891


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