Originally Sent: 8/30/2013
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Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members with legal issues in Maine. He and his wife homeschooled their children.
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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:
With scarcely any notice to the public, the County of Effingham just enacted a truancy ordinance that could be used to harass homeschooled students. The full text of the ordinance is here.
The ordinance forbids students from being absent from their school during school hours unless they have the permission of a parent or the school. This innocent-sounding provision could lead to officers frightening homeschooled children by stopping and questioning them while they are moving about normally during the day. This could lead to an atmosphere of fear in Effingham.
The ordinance creates a four-person, non-elected board that functions outside the court system called the “Community Accountability Board” (CAB). The ordinance gives the board power to convict citizens of violations. Failing to attend two scheduled meetings with the CAB empowers the CAB to hold a citizen in violation of the ordinance. It is highly questionable whether the CAB’s power to convict citizens is lawful.
If any of your children are stopped and questioned by a truant officer or police officer, or if the CAB attempts to exercise jurisdiction over you, please let us know immediately.
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.,
Home School Legal Defense Association
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