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3/22/2012 3:39:05 PM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
Maine--"School Choice" Bills Don't Threaten Homeschoolers

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Maine--"School Choice" Bills Don't Threaten Homeschoolers

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Ed and Kathy Green of Homeschoolers of Maine recently asked HSLDA to
review two bills Governor LePage is promoting in the Maine legislature
that are getting some publicity. Here is our brief analysis of the
bills, which are sometimes called "school choice" bills.

LD 1854 would create the "Maine Open Enrollment Program." It would
allow a student to enroll in a public or tuition-approved private
school outside his own district of residence, under certain
circumstances. It does not pose a direct threat to homeschool
freedom.

LD 1866 would, for the first time, let a private religious school
receive government funds to pay for the tuition of students, if the
school meets certain requirements. Currently, only "non-sectarian" or
non-religious schools that meet certain requirements can receive
taxpayer money for educating students. While this bill is obviously a
serious threat to the autonomy of religious private schools, it is not
a direct threat to homeschool freedom.

Homeschool families have already made their "choice." They have
chosen to have complete freedom over what books their children study,
and complete freedom to integrate the truth about God into every
subject.

And they have chosen a proven academic winner. According to the
landmark study by Dr. Lawrence Rudner, the average homeschool
8th-grade student scores the same on standardized tests as a12th-grade
student who is not homeschooled.

HSLDA will continue to monitor both of these bills. But with
homeschooling, families enjoy both the best academic success, and the
most freedom, of any form of education. It is no coincidence that
success and freedom go hand in hand!

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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