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After years of rallies and grassroots activity, New Hampshire homeschoolers won a decisive victory on January 13, 2010, when the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 324 to 34 to kill the final homeschool bill
of the session.
A small group of legislators were poised to introduce legislation that would have dramatically increased regulations on homeschoolers in the Granite State. But on January 6 and 13, hundreds of homeschooling families braved bitterly cold temperatures to rally both inside and outside their statehouse, voicing their opposition to House Bill 368. The group held signs, distributed leaflets provided by Christian Home Educators of New Hampshire, and lobbied representatives to support the House Education Committee’s bipartisan recommendation that the bill be found “inexpedient to legislate.” Legislators had to wade through a sea of homeschoolers to reach the legislative chamber, and this striking show of opposition was doubtless part of the reason for the overwhelming victory.
Home School Legal Defense Association will continue to watch the legislature as it is always possible for other bills to be amended or introduced in the state senate that could affect homeschoolers. HSLDA commends the many families who participated in the democratic process and is grateful for the continuing opportunity to serve homeschoolers in the Granite State.
— by Michael P. Donnelly