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2/12/2013 3:05:36 PM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
Maine--Call Now to Restore Fair Access to College and Special Education Programs

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Maine--Call Now to Restore Fair Access
to College and Special Education Programs

Dear Maine HSLDA Members and Friends:

A bill to restore fair access to low-cost college classes and special
education programs for homeschool families faces a crucial test
tomorrow!

Ed Green with Homeschoolers of Maine will be testifying in support of
LD 61 tomorrow, but he needs the help of your phone calls, and even
your presence at the hearing.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please make three phone calls today or tomorrow morning. If your
senator or representative is on the committee (see list below), first
call them. To find who your state senator and representatives are
visit this webpage at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17130. Then
call two more people listed below corresponding to the first letter of
your last name.

2. If no senator or representative of yours is on the committee, call
three of the people listed below corresponding to the first letter of
your last name.

3. You can find phone or email information for committee members at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17131 , or leave a message for
representatives at (800) 423-2900, or senators at (800) 423-6900 (both
are toll-free in state).

4. Your message can be as simple as, "Please vote yes on LD 61.
Homeschooled children have the same needs and hopes as others, and
deserve the same access to special education services and
state-assisted college classes." Add "I am a constituent of yours" if
you're calling your own senator or representative.

5. If you were a victim of rejection from either of these programs
(special education services or low-cost college classes), the
legislature needs to hear about it. Come to the hearing tomorrow,
Wednesday, February 13, and tell your story, plain and simple. (Ed
Green is working to coordinate this--you may email him at
homeschl@midcoast.com ) Your testimony could swing sentiment in favor
of the bill.

6. Even if you were not rejected, attend the hearing tomorrow to show
your support for fair treatment of homeschoolers.

It will be at 1:00 p.m. in Room 202 of the Cross Building, 111 Sewall
St., Augusta, Maine.

COMMITTEE MEMBER CONTACT INFORMATION--IF YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS WITH A
THROUGH F, CALL:

Senator Rebecca J. Millett (D-Cumberland), Chair

Senator Christopher K. Johnson (D-Lincoln)

Senator Brian D. Langley (R-Hancock)

IF YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS WITH G THROUGH L, CALL:

Representative W. Bruce MacDonald (D-Boothbay), Chair

Representative Mary Pennell Nelson (D-Falmouth)

Representative Helen Rankin (D-Hiram)

Representative Matthea Elisabeth Larsen Daughtry (D-Brunswick)

IF YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS WITH M THROUGH R, CALL:

Representative Brian L. Hubbell (D-Bar Harbor)

Representative Victoria P. Kornfield (D-Bangor)

Representative Peter B. Johnson (R-Greenville)

IF YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS WITH S THROUGH Z, CALL:

Representative Joyce A. Maker (R-Calais)

Representative Michael D. McClellan (R-Raymond)

Representative Matthew G. Pouliot (R-Augusta)

Representative Madonna M. Soctomah (Passamaquoddy Tribe)

BACKGROUND

Government bureaucrats abruptly blocked your ability to participate in
these programs in 2010. Before then, homeschool families enjoyed fair
access to low-cost college classes (for high school students) through
the Aspirations Program (sometimes called the Post-Secondary
Enrollment Option or the Senior Year Plus Program). They also enjoyed
fair access to special education services (for example, occupational
therapy and speech therapy).

When the bureaucrats blocked access to these two programs, they
offered that homeschoolers could participate if they took one public
school class. However, you should not be forced to give up what you
know is the best education for your child to get access to programs
your tax dollars are already paying for. You should not be penalized
for your convictions.

The hearing will take place before the Committee on Education and
Cultural Affairs. The sponsor is Representative Ellie Espling. Because
passage of the bill would require the state to spend a little more
money than it has been spending on those programs since 2010, we must
make the case for LD 61 powerfully.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom! HSLDA and Homeschoolers
of Maine are united in supporting this bill.

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association

P.S.: We greatly value you and your support--it is a privilege to
serve you! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will
you consider taking a moment today to join or to recommend us as we
defend the rights of homeschooling families? Join now:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17132

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right time can make a big difference in the outcome of important
legislative efforts. Yet it's tough to keep up with all the
issues that affect you. HSLDA does this for you in the areas that
affect your homeschool. Our emails and website enable you to
take quick, decisive action. Please consider becoming a part of
this team.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
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