This article from Maryland covers the usual:Â numbers of homeschoolers, school-at-home, Maryland rules, testing and religion.Â The picture is of kids-at-a-table.Â A state official says it’s easy to homeschool in Maryland.
- Gazette.net, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 2 February 2006, County tops state in most home-schoolers
Bill Reinhard, spokesman for the state department of education, said the simple rules contributed to the growth of home schooling in the state.
â€˜â€˜Maryland has a fairly liberal home school policy,â€ Reinhard said. â€˜â€˜Itâ€™s fairly easy for parents to go through the home school process.â€
I have to wonderÂ what opinionsÂ transplanted Missourians, Texans, Alaskans and Oklahomans would have about:
- State guidelines place home school parents under the local school system. Parents must notify the school officials that they intend to home school their children, and then submit to annual supervision or take correspondence courses from a non-public school.
Up to three times a year, a school system representative checks on each studentâ€™s work portfolio to see that it meets the guidelines for English, math, science, social studies, art, music, health and physical education.
Oh, well, despiteÂ my former Maryland-residency (a friend and I decided that, in the Ft. Meade area, all roads lead to Glen Burnie),Â I’m not dabbling inÂ changing Maryland law, merely making an eye-in-the-sky observation on the opinions of public officials.