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Fighting for Freedom Together

The Granite State has been a real battleground this legislative season. Home School Legal Defense Association has been tracking 14 separate pieces of legislation ranging from an increase in the compulsory attendance age to the constitutional amendment defining marriage.

One of the most significant measures, Senate Bill 18, would assign authority to superintendents away from parents in determining when New Hampshire students under age 18 could discontinue high school to pursue alternative educational or career options. HSLDA strongly affirms the right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children and to make these decisions as early as possible. We oppose any attempts to further involve the state in controlling homeschooled children. S.B. 18 passed but was amended with language that would allow homeschoolers to certify the completion of a high school education by letter.

Christian Home Educators of New Hampshire (CheNH) hosted HSLDA Chairman of the Board and General Counsel Michael Farris as well as HSLDA Staff Attorney and CheNH Board Member Michael Donnelly at its annual homeschool convention. Farris addressed the issue of parental rights and invited the audience to partner with the newly created to work towards an amendment to the United States Constitution. Donnelly spoke about the need to be vigilant in protecting our rights to homeschool.

HSLDA encourages you to become an active member of your state homeschool organization. CheNH is active in monitoring and lobbying the state legislature, representing homeschoolers to the state advisory board, connecting support groups, and hosting an annual convention. CheNH needs and deserves your support. Consider becoming a member today and getting involved to preserve homeschooling freedom in New Hampshire.

— by Michael P. Donnelly