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The information on these pages is provided for informational purposes only. It is not to be construed as legal advice or counsel.


GENERAL EDUCATION RELATED LEGISLATION

2011: HB 364 - Student Participation in High School Sports - Academic Requirements

UPDATE: This bill was signed into law by the Governor on May 10.

This bill would establish new eligibility requirements for high school students wishing to participate in athletic competitions. Specifically, the requirements would specify curriculum content, GPA, and grade progress.
Get the latest update on HB 364.

Facts: At this point in time, homeschoolers are not allowed to participate on public school athletic teams. This new requirement will add another obstacle for homeschoolers seeking the opportunity to join a school team.
Status: Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.
What You Can Do: Send a letter, e-mail or call the members of the committee to express your thoughts about adding a new eligibility requirement to public school sports participation.


2011: HB 127 - Financial Literacy Curriculum - Graduation Requirement

UPDATE: This bill died in committee.

This bill would require all public school students to complete a one semester high school course on financial literacy in order to graduate with a high school diploma.
Get the latest update on HB 127.

Facts: Homeschoolers are not required to fulfill state high school graduation requirements, unless they return to a public school before their senior year.
Status: Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.
What You Can Do: Send a letter, e-mail or call the members of the committee to express your thoughts about adding another graduation requirement for public school students to fulfill.


HOMESCHOOL RELATED LEGISLATION

2011: HB 500 - Public Schools - Extracurricular Activities - Students in Home Instruction Programs

UPDATE: The House bill died in Committee

This bill would require Maryland public schools to allow homeschool students to participate in interscholastic athletics, music, drama, student organizations, and other extracurricular school-sponosored programs.
Get the latest update on HB 500.

Facts: Homeschool participation in extracurricular activities is a divided issue within the homeschool community. On one side of the issue, families believe that since they pay property taxes their children should be allowed to access some benefits of the public school system. On the other side, families believe that the opportunity to participate in afterschool clubs is not enough to mitigate the cost in increased oversight that would come by the schools who would want and need to maintain that participating students meet academic requirements.
Status: Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.
What You Can Do: Send a letter, e-mail or call the members of the committee and your local representative to express your support for or against this bill.


2011: SB 109 and HB 652 - Course Credit - Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Examinations

UPDATE: The Senate bill died in committee. The House bill received an unfavorable report by the Appropriations committee.

This bill would require Maryland public universities to grant credit for passing scores on IB exams .
Get the latest update on SB 109.
Get the latest update on HB 652.

Facts: Homeschoolers are eligible to apply and be accepted into a county's IB magnet high school program, should they choose to return to school after the 8th grade. Being able to receive credit for passing IB scores can save families money once their child goes on to college.
Status: Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee House Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee.
What You Can Do: Send a letter, e-mail or call the members of the committee and your local representative to ask that they support this bill.


Hand In Hand recognizes that some homeschool families have children enrolled in traditional school settings, as well as those who are being educated at home. In addition, we understand that some families anticipate their homeschool children entering public school at some point in future - whether it's due to economic reasons or the choice to take advantage of academic or sports related opportunities. As a courtesy to these families, we include legislative updates regarding public school issues.


The information on these pages is provided for informational purposes only. It is not to be construed as legal advice or counsel.


                 

 
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