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2/24/2012 11:25:59 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maine: Call to Support Amending LD 1503!

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Call to Support Amending LD 1503!


Dear Maine HSLDA Members and Friends:

We are at a critical stage--more phone calls are needed today and
early next week!

Thanks in large part to your phone calls, the Maine legislature may
now be questioning the wisdom of LD 1503, which expands compulsory
attendance from the 7th birthday down to the 6th, and from the 17th up
to the 18th.

Representative Ellie Espling (New Gloucester area) has drafted an
excellent amendment that takes out all parts of LD 1503 that expand
compulsory age, but leaves in all the parts that deal with other
topics.

We need your calls today and early next week to urge the Maine
legislature to adopt the Espling amendment!

REQUESTED ACTION

1. Call your Maine state representative and your Maine state senator
today or early next week and ask them to vote "yes" on the Espling
amendment to LD 1503.

Your message can be as simple as:

"Please vote YES on the Espling Amendment to LD 1503. This will
protect parents' rights but give schools the additional tools they
want for dealing with truancy."

Use our Legislative Toolbox and type in your ZIP code to determine who
your Maine state senator and Maine state representative is are. It's
fine to leave a message for your senator or representative.
Toolbox: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13833

This bill, if the Espling amendment is not adopted, would undermine
the freedom of all parents. It is not necessary for you to identify
yourself as a homeschooler.

2. Please forward this to other Maine homeschoolers!

BACKGROUND

In addition to expanding compulsory age, LD 1503 changes truancy and
expulsion procedures. This is not problematic for homeschool families.
Most of these changes relate to procedures to be used with public
school students who are unruly or truant.

A legislative committee amended LD 1503 some time ago. The version of
the bill now under consideration is therefore called "the committee
amendment."

When you call your senator and representative, it is important that
you specifically ask him or her to vote yes on the ESPLING amendment.
This way they will not get confused or mistakenly think you are asking
them to vote yes on "the committee amendment."

Homeschoolers of Maine (HOME) and HSLDA are united in opposing the
attempt to expand compulsory school attendance age.

Thank you for your calls on behalf of freedom in Maine!
Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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