changed to Thursday the 23rd at 1 pm! Please pass this along.
I will be going down and can take several people with me if you would
like to ride along. I am in the Guilford Dover area and can stop at
Walmart in Newport if you can meet there. You will not be called on to
testify but you will be able to voice your opposition by being
physically present and if you desire, wearing a sticker we provide
stating your opposition to LD 1530. Remember numbers speak volumes and a
large visual presence is very effective.
YOU CAN GET PHONE NUMBERS FROM THE MAINE.GOV WEBSITE IF YOU WOULD LIKE
TO GIVE THEM A CALL.
Help Needed Immediately to Prevent Compulsory Schooling for 5- and
Homeschooling in Maine
Help protect parental rights.
Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members with
legal issues in Maine. He and his wife homeschooled their children.
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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:
Your ability to decide for yourself how or whether to provide schooling
for your 5- or 6-year old child is in danger.
A bill in the Maine Legislature, LD 1530, would make all children
subject to government-mandated education requirements as soon as they
reach age 5. This would destroy your freedom as a parent to be in charge
of how to rear your 5- and 6-year-old.
We need your help right away! A committee will hold a session on the
bill on Wednesday, January 15, at 9 a.m. The committee members need to
see you and hear from you.
(1) Please send an email to the two committee chairs, Senator Millet and
Representative MacDonald, asking them to oppose LD 1530. Say it in your
own words, and make it personal---don&# 39;t "copy and paste" from this
email. Some basic reasons to oppose the bill are listed under
"background&qu ot; below.
(2) Also, send an email to your own senator or representative if he or
she is on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee. Use our
Legislative Toolbox to find the name of your Maine state senator and
(3) Come and attend the work session. Although you will not be allowed
to speak, we need a big crowd to send a message. The work session will
be in Room 202, Cross State Office Building, 111 Sewall St, Augusta.
It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler since this
would affect every Maine parent.
Members of the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs:
Senator Rebecca J. Millett (D-Cumberland) , Chair
SenRebecca.Millett@ legislature. maine.gov
Senator Christopher K. Johnson (D-Lincoln)
SenChris.Johnson@ legislature. maine.gov
Senator Brian D. Langley (R-Hancock)
SenBrian.Langley@ legislature. maine.gov
Representative W. Bruce MacDonald (D-Boothbay) , Chair
RepBruce.MacDonald@ legislature. maine.gov
Representative Mary Pennell Nelson (D-Falmouth)
RepMary.Nelson@ legislature. maine.gov
Representative Helen Rankin (D-Hiram)
RepHelen.Rankin@ legislature. maine.gov
Representative Matthea Elisabeth Larsen Daughtry (D-Brunswick)
RepMattie.Daughtry@ legislature. maine.gov
Representative Brian L. Hubbell (D-Bar Harbor)
RepBrian.Hubbell@ legislature. maine.gov
Representative Victoria P. Kornfield (D-Bangor)
RepTori.Kornfield@ legislature. maine.gov</p>
Representative Peter B. Johnson (R-Greenville)
RepPete.Johnson@ legislature. maine.gov
Representative Joyce A. Maker (R-Calais)
RepJoyce.Maker@ legislature. maine.gov
Representative Michael D. McClellan (R-Raymond)
RepMichael.McClella n@legislature. maine.gov
Representative Matthew G. Pouliot (R-Augusta)
Representative Madonna M. Soctomah (Passamaquoddy Tribe)
RepMadonna.Soctomah @legislature. maine.gov
Across the nation, when homeschoolers work together, they have had
remarkable success in protecting freedom by stopping the expansion of
compulsory age brackets. The crucial recipe for victory includes a
simple ingredient: the willingness of ordinary homeschool moms and dads
to spend 15 minutes to make a phone call or send an email!
History shows that lawmakers respond when they get a large volume of
calls and emails. God blesses it when ordinary moms and dads put forth
effort to protect freedom so they can hand it down to their children.
Requiring children to attend school at age 5 is a very bad idea for the
1. LD 1530 forces children into school too soon. There are no long-term
replicable studies proving that mandating attendance at age 5 rather
than 7 is better for the educational development of the child. Much
research indicates that early childhood education does not improve the
child's potential for being a better student in the future, because
early gains disappear in a few years. This is especially significant for
boys, because their cognitive and verbal skill development generally
lags behind that of girls at this age.
2. LD 1530 decreases beneficial parental contact with their children.
Two extra years of development outside of school can be critical for a
child at this early age. Parents should continue to have the authority
to decide what is best for their children.
3. LD 1530 would have an adverse financial impact on all Maine families.
The rising kindergarten population will increase the financial burden on
the state. This will result in the need to increase state education
revenues from either taxes or shifting the burden to future generations
4. This reduction in the starting age for compulsory attendance would
definitely apply to homeschool families despite some slightly confusing
language in the bill.
5. LD 1530 creates an unfunded mandate. It obligates school districts to
provide expanded services without providing any funding. Unfunded
mandates are strongly disfavored.
Thank you for standing with us for freedom!
Scott A. Woodruff,
Senior Counsel, HSLDA