From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/29/2012 9:43:20 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maine--Call to Support Amending LD 1503!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Maine--Call to Support Amending LD 1503!

Dear Maine HSLDA Members and Friends:

More calls are needed to protect your freedom! If not amended, LD
1503 would expand compulsory school attendance from the 7th birthday
down to the 6th, and from the 17th up to the 18th.

Representative Ellie Espling will propose amending LD 1503 to take out
all parts that expand the compulsory attendance age, while leaving in
all the parts that deal with other topics. But her amendment needs
your support!

We need your calls today and the next several days to urge the Maine
legislature to adopt the Espling amendment.


1. Call your Maine state representative and your Maine state senator
promptly and ask them to vote "yes" on the Espling amendment to LD

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 at
and type in your ZIP code to determine who your Maine state senator
and Maine state representative is are.

The Senate secretary, (207) 287-1540, can give your message to any
senator. Or to leave a message for your Republican state senator, call
(207) 287-1505. Or to leave a message for your Democratic state
senator, call (207) 287-1515.

For your Maine state representative, the Clerk of the House can take a
message at (207) 287-1400. Or call (207) 287-1430 to leave a message
for a Democratic representative, or (207) 287-1440 for a Republican.

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!


LD 1503 also changes truancy and expulsion procedures. This is not
problematic for homeschool families.

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!

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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