Hi everyone, I wanted to get this important information out about a bill that impacts homeschoolers. Please call or write, regardless of whether you are aMessage 1 of 1 , Feb 8View Source
Hi everyone, I wanted to get this important information out about a bill that impacts homeschoolers. Please call or write, regardless of whether you are a secular or Christian homeschooler, and your feelings about HSLDA. PLEASE make phone calls as directed below between now and Tuesday. This bill, if passed, will re-instate programs that homeschoolers were able to benefit from prior to being stripped in 2010. It will reopen the opportunity to participate in the Aspire program (taking college classes at a fraction of the cost), which is now only open to public school students, as well as the ability of special needs children to receive services without needing to attend public school full time. Right now the only way for a homeschooler to participate is for them to enroll in high school part-time.
I am particularly concerned about the access to special education services. For many families who do not have sufficient health insurance to get services like speech and occupational therapy, public school is their only option. It is unfortunate that parents are put in the position to not be able to choose homeschooling that might be best for their child, in order to get services. Homeschooling was definitely the BEST choice for my boys who have ADHD and high functioning autism. For parents of kids more significantly disabled, they may not feel that their child can go without these services like my children did beyond CDS.
Feel free to forward to other Maine homeschoolers and lists.
Thanks, and please act now!
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Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members with legal issues in Maine. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>
Dear Maine HSLDA Members and Friends:
A bill to restore fair access to low-cost college classes and special education programs for homeschool families needs your help!
Government bureaucrats abruptly blocked your ability to participate in these programs in 2010. Before then, homeschool families enjoyed fair access to low-cost college classes (for high school students) through the Aspirations Program (sometimes called the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option or the Senior Year Plus Program). They also enjoyed fair access to special education services (for example, occupational therapy and speech therapy).
Representative Ellie Espling has filed a bill, LD 61, to right these wrongs, but she needs your help—there is a crucial hearing this coming Wednesday!
1. If you were a victim of rejection from either of these programs, the legislature needs to hear about it! Come to the hearing this Wednesday, February 13, and tell your story, plain and simple. (Ed Green is working to coordinate this—you may email him at homeschl@...) Your testimony could swing sentiment in favor of the bill.
2. Even if you were not rejected, please help restore fair access! Come to the hearing as a show of support. It will be at 1:00 p.m. in Room 202 of the Cross Building, 111 Sewall St., Augusta, Maine.
3. Also please make three phone calls before Wednesday. If your senator or representative is on the committee, first call them. To find who your state senator and representatives are visit this webpage. Then call two more people listed below corresponding to the first letter of your last name.
4. If no senator or representative of yours is on the committee, call three of the people listed below corresponding to the first letter of your last name.
5. You can find phone or email information for committee members online, or leave a message for representatives at (800) 423-2900, or senators at (800) 423-6900 (both are toll-free in state).
6. Your message can be as simple as, “Please vote yes on LD 61. Homeschooled children have the same needs and hopes as others, and deserve the same access to special education services and state-assisted college classes.” Add “I am a constituent of yours” if you’re calling your own senator or representative.
7. Pass this on to your friends! Talk to your friends about it this weekend and urge them to help out.
CONTACT INFORMATION—IF YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS WITH A THROUGH F, CALL:
Senator Rebecca J. Millett (D-Cumberland), Chair
Senator Christopher K. Johnson (D-Lincoln)
Senator Brian D. Langley (R-Hancock)
IF YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS WITH G THROUGH L, CALL:
Representative W. Bruce MacDonald (D-Boothbay), Chair
Representative Mary Pennell Nelson (D-Falmouth)
Representative Helen Rankin (D-Hiram)
Representative Matthea Elisabeth Larsen Daughtry (D-Brunswick)
IF YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS WITH M THROUGH R, CALL:
Representative Brian L. Hubbell (D-Bar Harbor)
Representative Victoria P. Kornfield (D-Bangor)
Representative Peter B. Johnson (R-Greenville)
IF YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS WITH S THROUGH Z, CALL:
Representative Joyce A. Maker (R-Calais)
Representative Michael D. McClellan (R-Raymond)
Representative Matthew G. Pouliot (R-Augusta)
Representative Madonna M. Soctomah (Passamaquoddy Tribe)
When the bureaucrats blocked access to these two programs, they offered that homeschoolers could participate if they took one public school class. However, you should not have your arm twisted into entrusting your child to the public school system. You should not be forced to give up what you know is the best education for your child to get access to programs your tax dollars are already paying for. You should not be penalized for your convictions.
The hearing will take place before the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. Because passage of the bill would require the state to spend a little more money than it has been spending on those programs since 2010, we must make the case for LD 61 powerfully.
Thank you for standing with us for freedom! HSLDA and Homeschoolers of Maine are united in supporting this bill.
Scott A. Woodruff
Home School Legal Defense Association
P.S. We greatly value you and your support—it is a privilege to serve you! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider taking a moment today to join or to recommend us as we defend the rights of homeschooling families? Join now >>
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