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February 8, 2001
E-mail from Homeschoolers of Maine

STILL MORE WORK TO BE DONE!!

Please call your legislators today regarding 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 sponsored by Senator Peter Mills of Skowhegan.

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.

Representatives from Home School Legal Defense Association, Homeschoolers of Maine, Christian Civic League of Maine, Christian Coalition of Maine and Guardians of Education are working together in an effort to kill this bill. It is critical that we have the help of all of you!

Your legislator can be contacted by calling:

Maine Representatives Message Line - 1-800-423-2900
Maine Senate Message Line - 1-800-423-6900

OR

Search for your legislator by town at: http://janus.state.me.us/house/townlist.htm

OR

Contact your legislator here: http://janus.state.me.us/house/hbiolist.htm

Let your legislator know why you are opposed to L.D. 405:

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Ask your legislator to speak with Senator Mills about your opposition to L.D. 405.

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, February 21 at 9:00 am, and come to the public hearing in Room 214 at the Cross State Office Building (the building behind the State House) in Augusta.

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More information on Maine's Senate Bill 129