Maryland HB 1798-2018 Homeschool Bill

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Maryland State Bill HB 1798 was introduced by Delegates Turner, Kaiser, and Ebersole. Introduced and read first time March 5, 2018. Assigned to Rules and Executive Nominations. Delegate Ebersole has since withdrawn his name as co-sponsor of HB 1798.

This legislation would require a representative of the county board to observe instruction at the family's primary homeschooling location at least twice a year.

Previously, meetings could be held at a mutually agreed upon place, such as a library. House Bill 1798 would require the meeting to take place in the home, where the primary homeschooling occurs. This is a clear violation of the 4th Amendment which guarantees a family’s home is not subject to entry by the government without probable cause and a warrant issued by a judge. HB 1798 creates a directive that government officials enter every homeschool family’s home in violation of this basic right. HSDLA sent a letter to Delegate Turner explaining the legal complications and abuses of such a mandate.

The bill’s aim targets homeschool families and investigates them for possible child abuse, solely based on homeschooling. While we understand that everyone is concerned about child abuse and wants to ensure children are protected, this is already covered by Maryland law. Homeschool Liaisons are already required to report any suspicion of neglect or abuse that should occur during the interview, making this redundant and an invasion of privacy.

We respectfully ask that this Bill be withdrawn.

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