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February 7, 2001
E-mail from Homeschoolers of Maine

Dear Support Group Leader,

IMMEDIATE ACTION FROM HOMESCHOOLERS NEEDED!!

The Public Hearing for Legislative Docket (L.D.) 405, An Act to Account for Homeschooled Children under the School Funding Formula and to Require the Maine Educational Assessment for Homeschooled Children has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 21, 2001, 9:00 a.m. in Room 214 at the Cross State Office Building (the building behind the State House).

L.D. 405 would permit public school districts to receive 25 percent of per-pupil state funding for homeschooled students that they are paying none of the cost of educating. The bill would also require homeschooled (and, possibly, private schooled students as well) to take the Maine Educational Assessment test, which is based on the Maine Learning Results. To read the entire language of the bill, go to http://janus.state.me.us/legis/bills/billtexts/LD040501-1.asp

ACTION TO TAKE:

  1. Please plan to attend the public hearing, and encourage everyone in your support group to attend. A large showing by Maine's homeschoolers is very important. An overcrowded room full of homeschoolers in opposition to this bill will send a clear message to the Education Committee. Getting into the hearing room is not as important as being there!

  2. Call, write, or e-mail your legislators today. To find out how to contact your legislator go to http://janus.state.me.us/legis/. Be brief, concise and courteous. Tell them that you oppose L.D. 405 for the following reasons:

    • Homeschoolers are already required to assess their children, making this additional assessment unnecessary.

    • The MEAs are based on the public school curriculum. Homeschoolers do not use the public school curriculum, making this method of assessment unfair and inaccurate.

    • It is not fair for the public school to receive 25 percent of per-pupil funding for students that they are paying none of the cost of educating.

  3. Continue to pray!

For more information and updates on L.D. 405, check HOME's website www.homeschool-maine.org. Also, make a habit of checking the Christian Coalition of Maine's LEGISLATIVE WATCH http://www.ccofme.org/legislative_watch.htm page. Stay on top of all legislation of interest and concern to Maine families.

 Other Resources

More information on Maine's Senate Bill 129