Rep. Weyler Moves to Expand Access
Under New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated §193:1-aII, Nonpublic or home educated, resident students shall be eligible to attend curricular, public school courses subject to local board policy. A constituent of six-term Representative Kenneth L. Weyler (R-18th District) said that her 17-year-old home schooled child had been denied access to a public school course on the ground that the child was no longer of compulsory attendance age, and was therefore no longer a home educated, resident student under the statute. The childs mother asked Representative Weyler for a legislative solution.
Rep. Weyler submitted a legislative service request (LSR124) which would have changed the definition of child under the home education chapter to include 16- and 17-year-olds. A legislative service request is a preliminary step toward the drafting of an actual bill that could be submitted to the legislature.
Home School Legal Defense Association was concerned that changing the definition of child could pave the way for increasing the compulsory attendance age. In consultation with the constituent who had the problem, Rep. Weyler, and James Parison of Christian Home Educators of New Hampshire, HSLDA drafted a proposed amendment to NHRSA 193:1-aII that would provide that anyone under age 21 not enrolled in a public school is eligible to attend a curricular course at a public school. This language addresses the particular problem Rep. Weylers constituent faced without opening the issue of changing the compulsory attendance age. Scott A. Woodruff