Home School Legal Defense Association

P.O. Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134



For Immediate ReleaseContact: Ian Slatter
January 5, 2010(540) 338-8663

NEW HAMPSHIRE POISED FOR LANDMARK HOMESCHOOL VOTE



Purcellville, VA—On Wednesday, January 6 the New Hampshire House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on an amendment to House Bill 368 which, if passed, would make New Hampshire’s homeschool law the most restrictive and burdensome in the nation. “Members of the Democratic leadership are taking advantage of the system and attempting to slip through the most anti-homeschool legislation ever conceived in New Hampshire,” said Mike Donnelly, staff attorney for HSLDA.

Despite the fact that a bi-partisan legislative study committee recently voted 14–6 to retain New Hampshire’s existing homeschool law, the Democratic leadership kept the bill alive and placed it among 30 other bills which are all scheduled for separate votes on Wednesday, January 6.

The proposed amendment to H.B. 368 would require that every homeschooled student be tested every year, a portfolio review be conducted for every student every year. Home educated students’ test scores would also have to be sent to the New Hampshire Department of Education each year, and the DOE would be granted sweeping rule making authority.

“This legislation is completely unnecessary. The existing New Hampshire law works well, and in an era when homeschoolers are significantly outperforming their public school counterparts the last thing homeschoolers and taxpayers need is another bureaucracy wasting their time and money,” said Donnelly.

“We hope that enough legislators will see through the maneuver which is being used and vote to retain the existing homeschool law,” he added.

A rally organized by the Christian Home Educators of New Hampshire (CheNH) is scheduled at the State House for Wednesday, January 6 between 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a 27-year-old, 85,000 member non-profit organization and the preeminent national association advocating the legal right of parents to homeschool their children.

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