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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.
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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