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October 27, 2014

Lisbon Demands Homeschoolers Take SAT


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

In March, the Lisbon High School guidance department sent a letter to several homeschool families saying it is “imperative that you register your student” for the SAT college admission test. The school representative said the “state of Maine” requires it.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff and Homeschoolers of Maine agreed that families were free to disregard the school’s unusual demand. There is nothing unusual about a college-bound homeschool student taking the SAT, but to have it ordered by the local public school system—claiming that it is state-mandated—borders on the bizarre.

Woodruff faxed a letter to the author of the letter asking her to identify why it is imperative and requesting her to identify the state regulation or statute that mandated it.

She never responded, tacitly acknowledging that her demand had no basis whatsoever.

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