Baltimore City Withdraws Unlawful Demands
by Scott Woodruff • August 1, 2019
Education officials in Baltimore have agreed to stop telling families they need an “enrollment letter” before they can begin homeschooling.
They have also rescinded the equally misguided requirement that parents with students in Baltimore schools may not withdraw them to start homeschooling until a “notification form is received and processed.”
Neither of these decrees are authorized under state statutes or state regulations. In fact, they violated other state regulations that forbid local school systems from inventing their own requirements: “A local school system may not impose additional requirements for home instruction programs other than those contained in these regulations.” COMAR 13A.10.01.01.F.
On Friday, July 26, I faxed a letter to the Baltimore City Public Schools superintendent explaining that these two demands violated the homeschool regulations and asking her to remedy the situation.
On Monday I followed up with a call to the official who is their primary contact on homeschool issues. She quickly understood and immediately agreed to withdraw these two demands. She also agreed to remove them from their web page (this will take several days).
I appreciate the official’s quick recognition of the situation. I will make sure that the appropriate follow-through happens. No further action is needed at this time. You can disregard the inappropriate demands.
If you enrolled your child in Baltimore City Public Schools under duress, please contact our office so we can talk about your situation.