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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.


  • 2013: HB 1441 Fairness for All Children Act: Extracurricular Activities - Students Not Enrolled in Public School

    This bill allows non-public school children, including homeschoolers, to participate in afterschool activities, including interscholastic athletics, music, drama programs, student organizations, or other programs sponsored by a school for which a student does not earn academic credit.

    Get the latest update on HB 1441 from the General Assembly.

    UPDATE: This bill died after it was never heard in Committee.
    Status: This bill has had its first reading on the floor of the House.

    What You Can Do: Participation by homeschool students in extracurricular public school activities within the homeschool community. We encourage families to remember that sports teams and other extracurricular groups have academic standards for student participation. Should this bill pass, homeschoolers would be subject to a higher level of scrutiny than current state regulations call for.

     


  • 2013: HB 928 Community Colleges - Dually Enrolled Students - Tuition Waiver

    This bill would provide free part-time community college tuition for any secondary school student who is eligible for free and reduced meals. This bill does not currently include homeschoolers.

    Get the latest update on HB 928 from the General Assembly.

    UPDATE: This bill died when it never made it out of the House Committee.
    Status: House Ways and Means committee hearing scheduled for Mar. 13 at 1:00 pm.

    What You Can Do: Plan to attend the March 13 House Committee hearing and testify for a broader definition of "secondary school students". Or, write, call, or e-mail the House committee members to request that they broaden the definition of a dually enrolled student to include homeschoolers.

     


  • 2013: HB 329 and SB 889 Grasmick Teacher Award and Sondheim Public Service Internship/Scholarship - Qualifications

    This bill alters the eligibility requirements for applying to these publicly funded programs. The proposed changes would allow a student attending an out-of-state college to apply IF they graduated from a Maryland high school.

    Get the latest update on HB 329 from the General Assembly.
    Get the latest update on SB 889 from the General Assembly.

    UPDATE: The House bill died when it never made it out of the House Committee. The Senate version died after it received an unfavorable Committee report.
    Status: The Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs committee will hold a hearing on this bill on Mar. 14 at 1:00pm. The House Ways and Means committee heard this bill on Feb. 20.

    What You Can Do: Plan to attend the March 14 Senate Committee hearing and testify for a broader definition of a Maryland high school graduate to include anyone who has successfully completed a course of home instruction and has been accepted for admission into a full-time post-secondary educational institution. Or, write, call, or e-mail the Senate committee members to request that they include homeschoolers in the expanded eligibility requirements.

     


  • 2013: SB 111 General Assembly Scholarships - Modification of Programs

    This bill alters the Senatorial and Delegate Scholarship Programs to require that the money be administered through the Maryland Higher Education Commission rather than directly through the Senator or Delegate's office. This bill also seeks to identify special populations who will be given priority for scholarship funds. In 2011, the Assembly defeated a similar bill.

    Get the latest update on SB 111 from the General Assembly.

    UPDATE: This bill died when it never made it out of the Senate Committee.
    Status: Hearing held by the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee on Feb. 13 at 1:00 pm.

    What You Can Do: Write, e-mail, or call your local representative to ask them to ensure that homeschoolers continue to be included in the list of eligible student populations.

     



  • 2013: SB 838 Personal Electronic Account - Privacy Protection

    This bill prohibits schools or colleges from requiring students to make their personal Internet accounts, such as Facebook, available to administrators. Schools may not require students to hand over their passwords, allow observation of their accounts, change their privacy settings, or add certain individuals as "friends." Furthermore, schools may not require this as a condition of admittance or participation in specific activities.

    Get the latest update on SB 838 from the General Assembly.

    UPDATE: This bill passed the Senate but never made it through the House Committee.
    Status: The Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on Mar. 6 at 1:00pm.

    What You Can Do: This bill does not affect homeschoolers, except when applying to attend traditional school or college.

     


  • 2013: HB 532 and SB 537 Online Courses - Graduation Requirement

    Requiring a student to complete an online course to graduate from high school, beginning with students entering grade 9 in the 2015-2016 school year; and requiring that specified online courses be approved by the State Department of Education or the local county board of education.

    Get the latest update on HB 532 from the General Assembly.
    Get the latest update on SB 537 from the General Assembly.

    UPDATE: The House version of this bill passed, but the Senate version died ireceiving an unfavorable committee report.
    Status: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee hearing scheduled for Feb. 28 at 1:00 pm. Hearing held by House Ways and Means Committee on Feb. 20 at 1:00 pm.

    What You Can Do: Details about this bill are being provided for informational purposes only. This bill does not affect homeschoolers.

     


  • 2013: HB 1376 and SB 734 Mathematics - Graduation Requirement

    This bill would require public high school students to complete a mathematics course in each year of high school in order to graduate. Students in college preparatory curriculum would be required to complete at least Algebra II. I they do so before their senior year, they must take a further math course such as trigonometry or precalculus.

    Get the latest update on HB 1376 from the General Assembly.
    Get the latest update on SB 734 from the General Assembly.

    UPDATE: Both the House and Senate bills died in Committee.
    Status: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee hearing scheduled for Feb. 28 at 1:00 pm. This bill does not yet have a scheduled Committee hearing in the House.

    What You Can Do: This bill will not affect homeschoolers, except those who apply to join the military and must provide documentation of instruction that closely parallels the state high school curriculum. For more information on homeschoolers joining the military, read about the military's new enlistment regulations.

     


  • 2013: HB 1393 Student Work Product - Claim of Copyright Prohibited

    Prohibits a county board of education from claiming ownership rights, property rights, or the copyright to the student work product of students enrolled in public schools.

    Get the latest update on HB 1393 from the General Assembly.

    UPDATE: This bill PASSED both the House and Senate with amendments and will be SIGNED INTO LAW by the governor.

    Status: This bill does not yet have a scheduled House Ways and Means Committee hearing.

    What You Can Do: Details about this bill are being provided for informational purposes only. This bill does not affect homeschoolers.

     


  • 2013: HB 1069 Beginning of School Year - After Labor Day

    Prohibits public schools from beginning their first day of classes before the day after Labor Day.

    Get the latest update on HB 1069 from the General Assembly.
    Get the latest update on HB 1462 and SB 963 from the General Assembly - bills that would create a Task Force to study the question of starting school in September rather than August.

    UPDATE: This bill died in the House committee.
    Status: The House Ways and Means Committee hearing is scheduled for Feb. 27 at 1:00pm..

    What You Can Do: Details about this bill are being provided for informational purposes only. This bill does not affect homeschoolers.

     


  • 2013: HB 833 and SB 740 College Readiness and Completion Act of 2013

    This bill would establish a college prep track for all students to complete in high school, which would include additional math courses as part of the graduation requirement

    Get the latest update on HB 833 from the General Assembly.
    Get the latest update on SB 740 from the General Assembly.

    UPDATE: SB 740 PASSED both the House and Senate, with amendments and will be SIGNED INTO LAW by the governor.

    Status: House Ways and Means Committee hearing scheduled for Feb. 26 at 1:00 pm. Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee hearing scheduled for Mar. 6 at 1:00 pm.

    What You Can Do: This bill will not affect homeschoolers, except those who apply to join the military and must provide documentation of instruction that closely parallels the state high school curriculum. For more information on homeschoolers joining the military, read about the military's new enlistment regulations.

     


  • 2013: HB 871 Dually Enrolled Students - In-State and In-County Tuition

    This bill specifically allows undocumented immigrant students access to in-state and in-county tuition rates if they are dually enrolled.

    Get the latest update on HB 871 from the General Assembly.

    UPDATE: This bill died in committee.
    Status: House Ways and Means committee hearing scheduled for Mar. 13 at 1:00 pm.

    What You Can Do: Details about this bill are being provided for informational purposes only. This bill does not affect homeschoolers.

     


    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 certain 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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September 19, 2017

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