The following ALERTS are of
current importance to Maryland home schooling families.
All other recent legislative issues in Annapolis have been resolved
successfully. Thank you for your support.
Dangerous Home School Bill introduced during the 2018 Maryland
During last year’s Maryland Assembly an alarming bill was introduced
into the Maryland House of Delegates. HB 1798 as introduced would
give the keys to county officials to invade the privacy of your home
under the guise of "observing Instruction".
If enacted, this bill would have introduced into Maryland statute a
requirement that representatives from county board of education
all the homes where families are teaching their children
and be allowed to "observe instruction," within the home. The
proposed bill, as submitted, would apply to all Maryland
homeschooling families, regardless if they are enrolled in a MSDE
recognized educational oversight program (umbrella program) or
homeschooling through county oversight.
Maryland homeschooling families already have sufficient
accountability under the current regulations, either by working
directly with their county boards of education or by enrolling under
the oversight of a bona fide educational program.
MACHE, along with the Home School Legal Defense Association and
other organizations, went to work. We were able to communicate
directly with the sponsors of the bill as well as members of the
House Ways and Means Committee who would be hearing the bill. We
contacted the nearly 4,000 MACHE member families and within 5 days
hundreds of calls and emails flooded the offices of the state senate
and house delegates. We were able to get the bill stopped for the
However, the sponsors of HB 1798 have said they plan to re-introduce
a similar bill in the upcoming legislative session. If that happens,
MACHE will be ready to go to work to defend your right to
Prayerfully consider joining the Maryland state homeschool