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DEFEATED – 2018: HB 1798 – County Boards of Education – Home Instruction Program – Observation of Instruction and Reporting of Abuse and Neglect

This bill would require parents to annually inform their county school boards of their homeschool child’s primary instructor and of the primary location where homeschooling is taking place each year. Furthermore, in order to legally homeschool in the state of Maryland, parents would be required to allow a representative of the county board to observe instruction at the family’s primary homeschooling location at least twice a year. Finally, this bill would require county school board employees who observe a family’s instruction and who believe a homeschool child has been subjected to abuse or neglect to report their suspicion to the proper authorities.

Get detailed information about HB 1798, along with talking points and FAQs about the bill.

2018: HB 1817 – Prince George’s County – Home School Students – Extracurricular Activities PG 516-18

This bill would allow homeschool students living in Prince George’s County to participate in extracurricular activities, including sports.

Get the latest update on HB 1817 from the General Assembly.

2018: HB 996 – Homeschool Students in Maryland – Extracurricular Activities

This bill would allow homeschool students to participate in interscholastic athletics, music, drama, student organizations, and other school-sponsored programs that are held after regular school hours, as long as the activity does not offer academic credit.

Get the latest update on HB 996 from the General Assembly.

2018: HB 544 / SB 369 – Public and Nonpublic Schools – Classwork and Assessment Involving Live and Dead Animals – Student Choice Policy

This bill would allow public and nonpublic school students to opt out of participating in or observing classwork or assessments that includes dissections. Students would be allowed to complete alternative assignments without losing points.

Get the latest update on HB 544 from the General Assembly.
Get the latest update on SB 369 from the General Assembly.

2018: SB 261 – Community Colleges – Vocational Certificates, Apprenticeship Training Programs, and Associate Degrees – Tuition Assistance

This bill would create a tuition special assistance program for community colleges. Eligibility would require a high school diploma, GED, or completion of a home instruction program; a minimum high school GPA; and a 2-year minimum state residency requirement. Students who received the tuition assistance would be required to complete 15-hours of community service each semester.

Get the latest update on SB 261 from the General Assembly.

2018: SB 317 – Higher Education Degree and Job Certification Without Debt Act of 2018

This bill would create the Maryland Community College Promise Program, a first-come, first-served grant program to help certain students finish their community college or 4-year college program.

Get the latest update on SB 317 from the General Assembly.
Get the latest update on HB 016, a very similar, but less comprehensive bill that also fails to include homeschoolers from elibility.

2018: HB 940 – High School Credit for College Courses Act of 2018

This bill would require local county school boards to award elective credit to public school students who complete college-level courses.

Get the latest update on HB 940 from the General Assembly.

2018: SB 664 – Education – Foreign Language Requirement – Computer Programming Language Courses

This bill would public school students the option of completing courses in computer programming language in order to meet their foreign language graduation requirement.

Get the latest update on SB 664 from the General Assembly.

2018: HB 966 – Education – Voluntary Ethical Special Education Advocate Certificate Program

This bill would create a voluntary certification process for special education advocates to be approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. Advocates would be required to complete training, take a test, and pay a fee every two years.

Get the latest update on HB 966 from the General Assembly.

2018: SB 302 / HB 355 – Accountability in Education Act of 2018

This bill would create an independent Education Monitoring Unit with an Investigator General and Review Commission that would investigate K-12 education complaints. It would also establish an anonymous electronic tip program. This bill has been cross-filed and marked as an Emergency bill, meaning it would go into effect immediately, if it passes both houses and is signed by the governor.

Get the latest update on SB 302 from the General Assembly.
Get the latest update on HB 355 from the General Assembly.

2018: HB 393 – Elementary School Students – Daily Physical Activity (Student Health and Fitness Act)

This bill would require schools to provide students with a daily program of physical activity totaling 150 minutes each week, including physical education and developmentally appropriate, moderate-to-vigorous activity, including recess.

Get the latest update on HB 393 from the General Assembly.

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Last modified on March 31, 2020