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The Maryland State Board of Education last week conducted hearings on a proposed bylaw to state education statutes that would allow school superintendents to waive college-graduation and teacher-certification requirements for parents who wish to teach their children at home.

The hearing was the result of growing concern among superintendents who have sought guidance on monitoring home-education programs, said a spokesman for the state's department of education.

The spokeman described the current compulsory attendance law as "vague." It says only that a child "shall attend a pubic school ... unless receiving [other] regular, thorough instruction."

The bylaw--the second such measure to be considered in two years--would waive college-graduation and teacher-certification requirements entirely "if justified" the applicant's previous teaching experience or other qualifications.

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