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  • 2019: SB 260 Community Colleges - Maryland Community College Promise Scholarships - Revisions

    This bill seeks to alter the eligibility requirements for a Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship and alter the employment requirements relating to a service obligation associated with a scholarship.

    Get the latest update on SB 260 from the General Assembly.

    Status [as of 3/11/19]: The bill passed the Senate. It will be heard by the House Appropriations Committee on March 19th. Because this is the bill's second committee hearing, there will NOT be an opportunity for oral testimony from the public.

    Important to Know: When the law that created the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship was first passed, it did not specifically include homeschool high school graduates as being eligible to apply. Currently, eligibility requires that a student must have "graduat[ed] from a high school or successfully completing a GED in the State".

    According to the Maryland Higher Education Commissison, who oversees this scholarship, homeschoolers may only qualify if they provide documentation:

    1. Indicating graduation from:
      (1) a public high school,
      (2) an MSDE-approved nonpublic school,
      (3) a religiously exempt school, or
      (4) an institution or other entity supervising home-school instruction.
    2. Successful completion of a GED

    Because the law is being revised this year, we believe different eligibility standards for homeschoolers should be incorporated, as families who review with their county liaison are being held to a different standard than umbrella reviewed homeschool families.

    What You Can Do: Email or call each member of the House Appropriations Committee and request that they amend the bill to specifically include students who have completed a home instruction program as being eligible to apply for the Promise Scholarship. If a homeschool student has been accepted into a community college, there should be no need to take the GED.



  • 2019: HB 356 Primary and Secondary Education - Nonpublic Schools - Required Information

    This bill would require certain nonpublic schools to submit certain information on the occupancy of facilities, accreditation, curricula, and courses of study to the State Department of Education.

    Get the latest update on HB 356 from the General Assembly.

    Status: This bill was heard by the House Ways and Means Committee on March 7, 2019. It still must be voted and passed by the entire House. The bill must then cross over to the Senate by March 18th, in order to stand a chance of successfully passing the General Assembly this year.

    Important to Know: This bill does not effect individual homeschool families, however it will have an impact on nonpublic schools who work with homeschoolers, particularly dealing with fire code safety concerns.

    What You Can Do: This update is being provided for informational purposes only.


                     


                               

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