Legislation

Current Critical Legislative Issues and Updates

Each year, there are a number of legislative issues that require our attention. Always be prepared to take action on an issue of importance to homeschoolers! Read our Legislative Information page to become acquainted with the Maine Legislature and the legislative process in our state.

 

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Be ready to contact current Maine Education and Cultural Affairs Committee Members, your area's Senators and Representatives, or other legislative committee members, as needed, on Maine legislative issues of importance to homeschoolers. 

 

  • Members of the Maine Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs and their contact information are listed here.
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What to expect at a public hearing 

 

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2017 Maine Legislative Watch

  

OPPOSE:

 

LD 96, An Act To Improve Attendance at Public Elementary Schools 

 

Summary: This bill provides that a person 5 years of age or older who is enrolled in public day school is required to attend during the time it is in regular session. The bill provides that a person 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age may withdraw from school at any time within the 45 days after enrollment and may withdraw from school after 45 days after enrollment after consultation with the school board or its designee. The bill provides that students who are at least 5 years of age and enrolled in a public day school are subject to the same provisions regarding truancy as students who are at least 7 years of age and have not completed grade 6 who are required to attend a public day school. The bill provides that a person 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age is not required to meet the alternatives to attendance requirements set forth in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 5001-A, subsection 3.

 

Currently, compulsory school attendance begins at age 7, plain and simple. HOME opposes any effort to make 5 year olds subject to government demands.  

 

Further Information

Public Hearing: Monday, February 27th at 10:00 AM, Cross Building, Room 202 (Keep in mind that other bills are scheduled to be heard during this time period. LD 96 may or may not be first.) 

 

For more important information and background on the issue above, please visit HSLDA.

 

ACTION NEEDED: Please contact members of the Maine Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. Urge them to vote ‘no’ on LD 96. Requiring parents to talk to public school bureaucrats before withdrawing their child from public school is senseless, burdensome and unconstitutional.    

 

SUPPORT (if amended):

 

LD 472, An Act Regarding Parental Rights

 

Summary: This bill amends the law to stipulate that parents have a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education and care of their minor children and prevents courts from limiting these fundamental parental rights unless the limitation is supported by a compelling state interest and narrowly tailored to serve that interest through the least restrictive means possible.

 

The intent of LD 472, as set forth in the Summary section of the bill, is just the kind of parental rights protection we could hope for. We have some concerns, however, that the bill's wording as currently proposed would not achieve those ends. We will be watching this bill closely, and working with the sponsor, Rep. Espling, to improve the wording so that LD 472 can achieve its stated purpose, which we fully support.

 

Further Information

Public Hearing: Not yet scheduled

 

 

2017 Federal Legislative Watch

 

OPPOSE:  

 

HR 610

 

If passed, this federal bill would send all federal education dollars to the states in the form of federal grants. The states would then give the money as vouchers to public, private, and homeschool students.  

 

The dangers of HR 610 are as follows:

 

1. Eliminates language protecting homeschool freedom in U.S. Code

2. Creates a “federal right to homeschool," thus allowing Congress to regulate

3. States would need to track homeschooling students 

4. The government would now get to decide how much parents should spend on homeschooling

 

Homeschooling that is funded by the parent is free from excessive government regulation, and must continue to remain so to be the effective option that it is today. Read more about homeschool freedoms and Education Liberty here.

  

Further Information

For more important information and background on the issue above, please visit HSLDA.

 

ACTION NEEDED: Please contact the sponsors of this bill, Representatives King (IA) and Harris (MD). Find contact information by state here 

2017 Ongoing HOME Events

Group Portfolio Reviews

6/3 Bangor

6/13 Westbrook

6/20 Belfast

8/17 Camden

8/3 Lewiston

8/23 Augusta

8/24 Rockland

Getting Started Workshops

3/16 Rockport

5/20 Augusta 

8/23 Augusta

Monthy Sports & Fitness Activities 

2/27 Swim/Gym/ Rock Climbing, Rockport 

3/3 Roller Skating, Portland 

3/30 Bowling, Belfast  

Summer Playground Days

5/30 Standish

6/13 Bridgton

6/27 Brownfield

8/15 Brownfield

8/29 Bridgton

9/26 Brownfield

 

Upcoming in 2017