House Bill 542: Amending the School Attendance Statutes

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Last Updated: June 30, 2011
House Bill 542: Amending the School Attendance Statutes
Representative J.R. Hoell

House Bill 542 removes compulsory school attendance requirements for New Hampshire children by amending the language of New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated (RSA) section 193:1 to read that a parent "may allow" (instead of "shall cause") a child to attend school.

The proposal also adds another section to the statute that would exempt a child from compulsory school attendance if "the child is being educated by a parent, whether or not the education occurs in the child's home, and the child has attained a reasonable level of academic progress comparable to children of a similar age and ability." And it establishes exceptions from prosecution for child in need of services (CHINS), neglect, and child endangerment charges for parents who choose to educate a child.

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1/24/2011     (House)     Introduced and referred to Education Committee
2/09/2011     (House)     Public Hearing: February 24, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in Legislative Office Building (LOB) 207
2/18/2011     (House)     Executive Session: March 3, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in LOB 207
3/04/2011     (House)     Continued Executive Session: March 9, 2011, at 10:15 a.m. in LOB 207
3/09/2011     (House)     Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment No. 0726h
3/09/2011     (House)     Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to legislate (ITL)
3/15/2011     (House)     The full House voted to pass the bill, by a vote of 197-148, with amendment No. 0726h
3/23/2011     (Senate)     Introduced and referred to the Senate Education Committee
3/29/2011     (Senate)     Public Hearing: April 5, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in LOB 103
4/06/2011     (Senate)     Education Committee recommendation: ITL
4/13/2011     (Senate)     Laid on Table (Consideration of the bill has been postponed).

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Amendment No. 0726h