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Don’t Use State’s Form

by Scott Woodruff • May 7, 2019

Maine law does not require families to use any form when they submit their homeschool paperwork. So why did at least one Androscoggin County family receive a letter saying the Department of Education “expects” families to use forms the Department recently created?

Maine has an odd system that requires families to file their paperwork in two places—with their local school, and with the Department of Education. Frankly, it wastes everyone’s time—not to mention doubling the burden of storing all that redundant paperwork!

The commonsense solution would be to fix the law so families file their paperwork in only one location.

But the Department of Education recently took a different approach. It created forms. Unfortunately, the forms call for information you are not required to give. Anyone who uses the Department’s forms is giving the government information to which it is not entitled. This could cause unexpected adverse consequences.

For all or most families, the best path is to continue sending in their paperwork as they always have, and avoid the Department’s forms.

Here’s another good reason to avoid the Department’s forms. If enough families use them, it’s possible that a bill will be filed in the legislature to make the forms mandatory for everyone.

Forms that comply 100% with state law are available to all HSLDA members on our website.

Scott Woodruff

Senior Counsel

Scott is a seasoned attorney and homeschool advocate with decades of involvement in homeschool legal issues and cases. Read more.

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