July 24, 2001

It's That Time of Year Again

As the beginning of a new school year approaches, many Maryland school districts are sending out requests for home schoolers to "update" their notices of intent. Home School Legal Defense Association recommends that our members ignore these demands.

Under Maryland law, a parent wishing to teach his child at home shall sign a statement which "shall be submitted to the local superintendent at least fifteen days before the beginning of a home instruction program." Logically, a home instruction program can have only one beginning, so the notice of consent is required only once. No regulation or statute requires that any additional notices of consent be submitted thereafter. Additionally, no regulation or statute requires that any notice of consent be "updated." However, each year HSLDA assists families across the state who are pestered with demands that they "update" their information.

This year, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, and Anne Arundel County have all sent requests to home schoolers residing in their district. HSLDA is resolving these situations on behalf of our members.