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3/14/2012 3:48:40 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland--Delegate Alston to Withdraw Two Homeschool Bills

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Maryland--Delegate Alston to Withdraw Two Homeschool Bills

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Delegate Alston's office called our office this morning to say that
she was going to withdraw two bills, HB 1049 and HB 980, that HSLDA
along with Maryland Association of Christian Home Educators have
opposed since they were filed. They had been scheduled for a hearing
before the House Ways and Means Committee tomorrow, March 15.

HB 1049 would have allowed public schools to award public school
diplomas to homeschool students under certain circumstances. HB 980
would have allowed homeschoolers to receive direct financial
assistance from public schools under certain circumstances. For more
information on these bills and HSLDA's reasons for opposing them, go
to our Maryland legislation page:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=14072

I traveled to Annapolis and had a long and fruitful conversation with
Delegate Alston concerning her bills. She struck me as a person with
a sincere interest in helping homeschool families.

She listened carefully to my comments about the bills. It might have
been possible to amend the bills in such a way as to earn the broad
support of the homeschool community. But it is not ideal to try to
conduct meaningful discussion on important bills under the pressure of
looming legislative deadlines.

Hand in Hand Educational Services also opposed the bills and worked to
convince Del. Alston to withdraw them.

The delegate's decision to withdraw the bills will allow for
discussion in a more relaxed environment. We appreciate and respect
her decision.

Sincerely yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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