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Montgomery County Retreats from Unnecessary Demands for Kindergarten Exemption
In September, an HSLDA family tried to exempt their five-year-old son from kindergarten. However, the Montgomery County Public Schools director of student services demanded that the family first go to the local elementary school, fill out an exemption form, and have the elementary school's administrator approve the exemption.
Maryland law provides that a family may receive a one-year waiver from compulsory attendance if they notify the school system superintendent. The law does not give the superintendent authority to force the family to go through any additional bureaucratic red tape. The law requires the superintendent to grant the exemption within five days of receiving the family's request.
HSLDA sent a letter to the director of student services. We told her that the school system was in violation of Maryland law because it had delayed the family's exemption for over a month. The director acknowledged the school system's legal duty and promptly granted the exemption.