From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


4/2/2012 12:15:43 PM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
Maryland: Continue Opposing SB 362, HB 373--Amendments in Progress

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

SB 362, HB 373 Amendments in Progress: Continue Opposing

Dear Maryland HSLDA Members and Friends,

HB 373 and SB 362 continue to threaten to expand the ending age for
compulsory attendance from the 16th birthday to the 18th. We urge
families to continue opposing the bills as previously recommended to
protect your freedom to decide what is best for your older teen.

Two other harmful features of the bills have been--or should soon

We received word on Friday that a significant amendment has been made
to HB 373. The phrase "...including home schooling under COMAR..." has
been removed from both sections of the bill. With this good amendment,
HB 373 no longer threatens to give the Board of Education unlimited
power to regulate homeschooling. With the amendment, the bill makes no
changes to the legal framework for homeschooling that has existed for
many years.

Also, a discriminatory feature of HB 373 has been removed. Previously,
the bill's graduation exception unfairly only allowed holders of a GED
or a "Maryland high school diploma" to be excused. With this helpful
amendment, a student who has completed a program of regular, thorough
instruction will have the same opportunity as others to be excused
from further compulsory attendance.

Jackie Lichter, Senior Policy Advisor for Speaker Michael Busch, has
assured us that SB 362 will be amended in the House of Delegates just
the same as HB 373 has already been amended. While this would remove
two harmful features of the bill, it would leave the fundamental
problem: the bill takes away the freedom of parents to decide what
path is best for their older teen.

HB 373 failed to emerge from its house committee by the legislative
crossover date, so it should be dead, according to the procedural
rules of the House of Delegates. However, the fact that the bill
continues to receive legislative attention hints that some delegates
may try to suspend the rules. This could allow the bill to continue to
move forward.

When you communicate with your delegates, simply focus on the issue of
raising the compulsory age in both bills. With the amendments that
have taken place or probably will, it is no longer necessary to talk
to your delegates about the impact of either of the bills on the legal
framework for homeschooling.

We have been told that spoken testimony will not be allowed at the
hearing on SB 362 this Wednesday, April 4 (1 PM in Room 130, House
Office Building, Annapolis). But even without a word spoken, your
presence will send a powerful message!

Thank you for standing with HSLDA for freedom in Maryland!

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association

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