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Parents’ Rights are in Their Sights

On March 15, 2007, the New Hampshire Senate voted 17 to 7 for passage of Senate Bill 18. This bill would raise the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18, and would create a new option to satisfy compulsory attendance after age 16, called an “alternative learning plan.” An amendment to the bill would also exempt from school attendance those who have already earned a high school diploma or its equivalent (including a GED or a letter or certificate documenting completion of a home education program at the high school level).

While the bill, if passed with the amendment, would allow homeschoolers in New Hampshire to certify high school completion prior to age 18, Home School Legal Defense Association is recommending that members contact their representatives and ask them to reject Senate Bill 18 in its entirety. Raising the compulsory attendance age will not help New Hampshire public school or homeschooled students. Rather, it will likely raise taxes and potentially create unfavorable regulations for homeschoolers. The New Hampshire House Education Committee is the next stop for this legislation, so please keep an eye out for HSLDA e-lerts on this issue.

Other anti-family legislation is also being introduced in the New Hampshire legislature, so it is imperative that you stay informed. Be sure to frequently check the New Hampshire page on HSLDA’s website to learn how you can help encourage positive legislation and defeat harmful bills.

— by Michael P. Donnelly