Across the States
Gearing up for Yet another Legislative Fight
The New Hampshire House Education Committee took most of the summer off from studying House Bill 268, a bill retained by them as a “vehicle” to study home education in New Hampshire for the second year in a row. For the fifth consecutive year, New Hampshire homeschoolers are set to become minutemen, ready to defend their freedom in the upcoming legislative session.
The committee is required to report its findings by December 2. Various subcommittees met in June, but there is no indication yet as to what direction the House Education Committee intends to move with this legislation. The survey committee has indicated that it will send a survey to superintendents. Getting responses and analyzing the data in time to produce a valid report or even legislation based on the survey data by December 2 may be difficult.
The fact that homeschoolers have attended the subcommittee meetings has been beneficial in communicating our continuing interest and demonstrating that the homeschool communities will actively oppose further regulation. Home School Legal Defense Association believes that the attempts to impose additional legislation on homeschoolers in New Hampshire are misguided and unnecessary. If anything, regulations need to be reduced, as New Hampshire’s homeschool law is among the more restrictive in the country. We encourage our members to be prepared to assemble and oppose any attempts to impose further regulation. Thank you for your continuing support of homeschooling freedom in New Hampshire.
— by Michael P. Donnelly