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11/8/2002 4:50:22 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland--Board of Education Tries to Change Homeschool Regulations Without Consulting Homeschoolers

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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November 8, 2002


Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Common sense and general civility would dictate that if a
governmental entity wants to change rules, the first thing it should
do is communicate with those who would be affected by the changes.
Unfortunately, the Maryland State Department of Education (MDOE) has
begun the process for changing homeschool regulations without
consulting home school organizations.

The MDOE has proposed a rule that would require that the assurance of
consent notice be filed every year. Currently, a notice is filed
only once, at the beginning of the home school program. This change
would cause a tremendous increase in unnecessary paperwork for home
school families. It would also increase the cost of administering
the law, which would be borne by all taxpayers.

The full text of the proposed regulation may be found at:
https://constmail.gov.state.md.us/comar/dsd_web/mdregister_web/mdregis
ter.htm
(scroll down and click on the link "Volume 29, Issue 21, October 18,
2002," then plug "home instruction" into search box).

HSLDA has notified the MDOE that we will not accept the legitimacy of
a rule drafted before receiving the input of home school
organizations.

We have given the MDOE two recommendations: first, withdraw the
proposed rule (as Maryland State Government Code sec.10-116 allows);
and second, appoint a task force composed of representatives of
homeschool organizations and others for the purpose of looking at the
issues. Open, honest communication must precede any effort to change
the regulations.

We hope and pray that officials will demonstrate respect for
homeschool families and honor these recommendations. If not, we will
let you know immediately and recommend action.

Very truly yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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