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July 2, 2013

Access to College Classes Goes to Governor’s Desk

Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in Maine. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

For many years, Maine homeschool families had fair access to low-cost college classes through the Aspirations Program (also called Senior Year Plus and Post-Secondary Enrollment Option). But in 2010 bureaucrats blocked access unless the student also signed up for a regular class at the local high school.

Homeschoolers of Maine and HSLDA teamed up to correct this injustice. They worked on legislation during the 2011-2012 session. A bill they developed made progress, but was not enacted.

They returned in the 2012-2013 session. Building from the previous year’s momentum, the bill—LD 61—received strong support in committee. When LD 61 came to the floors of both houses, it was passed by very strong margins.

The bill now goes to Governor LePage for his signature.

As originally filed, LD 61 also contained a provision that would have restored homeschoolers’ access to special education services. This was removed during the committee process. On the other hand, a family who opts to homeschool by way of a RAPPS (recognized for attendance purposes private school—formerly NAPS), should get just the same access to services as any other private school student.

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