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Department Threatens Truancy Over Date of Birth, School Year

by Scott Woodruff • July 25, 2019

An official posted a document (see the 16th page) on the Maine Department of Education’s website on July 8 telling local superintendents that families who do not supply all required information on their homeschool paperwork are truant.

This would not be particularly alarming except for the fact that the official’s list of “required items” includes two that are not required under state law: the child’s birth date, and school year. Maine families have a right to not include those items on their paperwork.

I have sent a letter to Commissioner of Education Pender Makin asking her to address this problem.

Until then, we can expect some misled local superintendents to bully, intimidate and threaten families who stand up for what is right. Some superintendents may even refer families to the local prosecutor to consider criminal charges or child neglect charges.

If you are an HSLDA member and receive a threat, or know someone who has been threatened, please contact our office immediately.

It was well said by Frederick Douglass: “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.”

HSLDA has been protecting homeschool families from unlawful government encroachment for over 35 years. We are prepared to take what we have learned and put that to work in Maine.

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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