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J. Michael Smith, Esq.

Michael P. Farris, Esq.

Public School Access for Homeschoolers—A Legal Summary


An intermediate appellate court ruled against private school students who sought to participate in a public school extracurricular activity. Thomas v. Allegany County Board of Education, 443 A.2d 622 (1982). However, a federal trial court memorandum prohibits the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletics Association from excluding from competition private schools with homeschool athletes. Bressler v. Maryland Public Schools Secondary Athletics Association (D. Md. JFM-05CV783, 2005).