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Home School Legal Defense Association

P.O. Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134

For Immediate Release Contact: Jeremiah Lorrig
September 8, 2011 (540) 338-5600

MATHCOUNTS Includes Homeschool Teams in New Guidelines

PURCELLVILLE, Va.—Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is pleased to announce that MATHCOUNTS, a national math competition open to all students, has announced new guidelines which will take effect in the 2011–2012 program year.

These guidelines will once again allow homeschool students to participate in MATHCOUNTS competitions as teams as well as individuals.

During the 2010–2011 program school year, many homeschool families expressed concern that revised eligibility guidelines only allowed homeschools to register as individuals in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Program, excluding homeschool student teams.

HSLDA staff contacted MATHCOUNTS and requested a meeting with the executive director and deputy director to resolve the issues surrounding homeschool families being disqualified from participating at the team level. During this meeting, HSLDA and a local MATHCOUNTS homeschool team coach shared our concerns. We then proposed reworking existing guidelines in order to allow homeschool student teams to participate in the program once again. We are happy to announce significant improvements to the guidelines as laid out in this statement from MATHCOUNTS:

“The Homeschool Participation Attestation Form verifies that students from the homeschool, homeschool group or virtual school are in the sixth, seventh or eighth grade; adhere to all applicable state laws; live within the chapter in which they will compete; and understand the MATHCOUNTS rules regarding their participation. These steps will allow MATHCOUNTS to expand team participation to homeschool and virtual school participants while providing consistency and fairness to the Competition Program structure.”

“While we are aware that the guidelines have certain geographic requirements that may limit the participation of some, we are encouraged that MATHCOUNTS has gone to great lengths to include as many homeschool families as possible and still enforce guidelines that encourage fair competition. We are grateful for their willingness to address the concerns raised by homeschoolers and are confident that homeschool students will greatly benefit from participating in the MATHCOUNTS program,” said Will Estrada, HSLDA’s director of federal relations.

If you would like to learn more about MATHCOUNTS and how to be involved in the competition, visit their website.

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a 28-year-old, 85,000 member non-profit organization and the preeminent national association advocating the legal right of parents to homeschool their children.