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4/10/2012 3:09:47 PM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
Maryland: Compulsory Age To Rise to 18, Graduation Exemption for Homeschoolers

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Maryland: Compulsory Age Set To Rise to 18,
Graduation Exemption in Place for Homeschoolers

Dear Maryland Members and Friends:

Despite warnings that it would undermine parental rights and cost
taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, yesterday the Maryland
legislature gave its final approval to SB 362.

Therefore, barring something unforeseen, starting on June 1, 2014,
children in Maryland will be subject to compulsory attendance until
they turn 17. And starting July 1, 2016, they will be subject to
compulsory attendance until their 18th birthday.

In a late positive development, the Senate accepted the House
amendments to the bill. Therefore, the legal framework for
homeschooling will remain unchanged, and as of June 1, 2014, students
who have completed their program of home education will be exemptfrom
compliance.

The majority of Maryland lawmakers brushed aside the bill's enormous
price tag. The fiscal note attached to the bill estimated the cost at
$56 million per year. Five years ago, Governor O'Malley's task force
estimated the cost even higher at about $200 million per year.

Maryland citizens who love freedom now have a new challenge: between
now and June 1, 2014, replace the lawmakers who voted in favor of SB
362 with lawmakers who will protect freedom!

HSLDA, Maryland Association of Christian Home Educators and Maryland
Hand in Hand Homeschool worked together in amending the bill to
protect the legal framework for homeschooling, and create a graduation
exemption for homeschoolers.

Thank you for all your work in making phone calls, sending email, and
visiting legislators!

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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