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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.


  • 2014: HB 944 Education - Home Instruction Programs - Private Tutors

    This bill would allow homeschool parents to utilize the services of a private tutor to provide home instruction, as long as the tutor meets specified educational requirements.

    Get the latest update on HB 944 from the General Assembly.

    Status: At our request, Delegate Smigiel, the bill's lead sponsor, withdrew this bill from the 2014 Legislative Agenda.

    What You Can Do: Nothing. The bill has been withdrawn and will not be heard in committee.

    Important to Know: Creating professional or educational background requirements for tutors working with homeschool students is unnecessary, intrusive, and sets a dangerous precedent, in terms of potentially requiring educational credentials for homeschool parents. No other Maryland law exists to require a parent of a brick and mortar student to only hire a specific type of credentialed tutor. While we understand that some local school boards are unclear about a parent's right to use tutors as part of their homeschooling, we believe this is a regulatory matter and not one that can be successfully addressed by creating a new law.

 


  • 2014: HB 926 Education - Public Charter Schools - Virtual Learning Programs Authority

    This bill would create a new public school option, whereby Maryland charter schools could offer virtual learning programs.

    Get the latest update on HB 926 from the General Assembly.

    Status: This bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Ways and Means Committee on March 6, 2014 at 1:00pm.

    What You Can Do: Write to the House Ways and Means Committee members to express your support for this bill. While this bill does not directly effect homeschoolers who use online curricular providers, such as K12, Calvert, or Connections Academy; it does offer families the option of enrolling their children in the public school system, through a sponsoring charter school, in order to receive a free virtual school education.

    Important to Know: Families interested in this school choice option should be aware that by enrolling in such a charter school, they are no longer classified as homeschoolers. Charter-virtual school students would be subject to state testing and other public school requirements. Should this bill pass, it will not affect homeschool families who continue to pay for their own online classes.

 


  • 2014: SB 271 / HB 884 Income Tax Credit - Home Instruction Expenses

    This bill would allow a parent a credit against the State income tax for specified nonpublic education expenses, providing that the credit may not exceed $1,000.

    Get the latest update on HB 844 from the General Assembly.
    Get the latest update on SB 271 from the General Assembly.

    UPDATE: The bill received an Unfavorable report by the Senate committee. Get Hand In Hand's informational update on SB 271.

    Status: The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on this bill on February 25, 2014. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee held a hearing on this bill on January 29, where Senator Jacobs introduced an amendment that removed all reference to homeschooling regulations.

    Important to Know: The original version of this bill would have required MSDE to examine current homeschool regulations and to requires families to obtain "approval" for their currently homeschool in Maryland.

 


  • 2014: SB 30 Personal Electronic Account: Privacy Protection

    This bill would prohibits an educational institution from requiring, requesting, suggesting, or causing a student, an applicant, or a prospective student to grant access to, allow observation of, or disclose information that allows access to or observation of the individual's personal electronic account.

    Get the latest update on SB 30 from the General Assembly.

    Status: This bill was withdrawn after the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee issued an unfavorable report.

    What You Can Do: No action necessary. This bill was withdrawn by its sponsor.

 


  • 2014: HB 56 School Supplies and Textbooks Tax-Free Period

    This bill would expand the annual sales and use tax-free period to include specified school supplies and textbooks if the taxable price of the school supply or textbook is $500 or less.

    Get the latest update on HB 56 from the General Assembly.

    Status: The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on this bill on January 28 at 1:00.

    What You Can Do: Write to the Ways and Means Committee members to encourage them to vote in favor of this bill. Homeschoolers will benefit from the expanded sales tax exemption, including textbooks bought within a Maryland-based bookstore, should the bill pass.

 


  • 2014: HB 63 University and College Textbook Tax Exemption

    Exempts the sales and use tax on textbooks bought by full- or part-time students enrolled in institutions of higher education.

    Get the latest update on HB 63 from the General Assembly.

    Status: The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on this bill on January 28 at 1:00.

    What You Can Do: Write to the Ways and Means Committee members to encourage them to vote in favor of this bill. Dual-enrolled homeschoolers will benefit from the sales tax exemption, should the bill pass.

 



  • 2014: HB 76 Prohibition of Implementation of Common Core Standards

    This bill would prohibit the State Board of Education from establishing educational policies, curriculum, and guidelines that include or are based on the Common Core State Standards. It would also require MSDE to rescind the State Board's adoption of the Common Core State Standards.

    Get the latest update on HB 76 from the General Assembly.

    Status: The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on this bill on February 5 at 1:00.

    What You Can Do: Write an email to the Ways and Means Committee encouraging them to vote YES on this bill, to prohibit the implementation of Common Core. Homeschoolers are not required to follow Common Core. The bill is listed for informational purposes for families who have children also attending public school.

 


  • 2014: HB 117 Maryland School Assessment Waiver Request

    This bill would, in part, require the State Department of Education to request a specified waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to prohibit the Department from administering the Maryland School Assessment in the spring of 2014.

    Get the latest update on HB 117 from the General Assembly.

    Status: The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on this bill on February 5 at 1:00.

    What You Can Do: No action currently necessary. MSA testing is not required of homeschoolers. The bill is listed for informational purposes for families who have children also attending public school.

 


  • 2014: HB 148 Public School Holiday: Veteran's Day

    This bill would require that Veteran's Day be observed as a public school holiday.

    Get the latest update on HB 148 from the General Assembly.

    Status: The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on this bill on February 12 at 1:00.

    What You Can Do: No action necessary. Public school holidays do not affect homeschoolers. The bill is listed for informational purposes for families who have children also attending public school.

 


  • 2014: SB 14 Task Force to Study Starting Times for Maryland Public Schools

    This bill creates a specially appointed task force to study the science of sleep and whether public schools should open later than 8:00am for students.

    Get the latest update on SB 14 from the General Assembly.

    Status: The Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on this bill on January 22.

    What You Can Do: No action currently necessary. School start times do not apply to homeschoolers. The bill is listed for informational purposes for families who have children also attending public school.

 


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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