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3/29/2005 7:01:38 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire - Call to Support Bill Simplifying Home Education Notification

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March 29, 2005


New Hampshire - Call to Support Bill Simplifying Home Education
Notification

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

A bill that would reduce red tape and simplify the annual home
education notification is scheduled for a vote on the House floor
today, March 30. Your calls are needed to help ensure that it passes.

House Bill 406 removes the requirement that homeschoolers list a
description of each subject, the name of any correspondence school,
the name of any commercial curriculum provider, a table of contents or
scope and sequence for each subject, and all other textbooks and
instructional materials. These unnecessary requirements wasted the
time of both homeschoolers and officials.

The bill also saves resources by removing the requirement that the
commissioner of education write to families informing them that they
will be "permitted" to educate their children at home if they meet all
requirements. This letter was a needless formality.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Immediately call your representative and give them this message:

"Please support House Bill 406. It removes needless red tape and
allows families and officials to focus on education rather than
formalities."

If you do not know who your representative is, consult our legislative
toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox The toolbox will also give you
a telephone number to use to call your representative.


BACKGROUND:

1. I provided a letter to the bill's sponsor, Marshall Quandt, giving
a national perspective in support of the bill, which he read to the
committee. Many supported the bill at the hearing and no one opposed
it. In approving the bill on a bipartisan 12-9 vote, the majority
said:

"Currently, homeschool parents have to spend hours creating a
curriculum for the year. Actual practice shows that the curriculum is
often deviated from as the year progresses in order to provide further
emphasis where needed, or to allow the teaching to become tailored to
the child's interests.

"The philosophy behind the current homeschool laws is that the
homeschools achieve flexibility in curriculum and methods in exchange
for producing results. If the specification of curriculum is removed,
there will still be the requirement to teach required subjects per RSA
193-A: 4 and there will still be an evaluation process to ensure
results per RSA 193-A: 6.

"The committee heard testimony that there is no correlation between
the test scores of homeschooled students and the amount of regulation
on homeschool programs. The committee agreed that if regulation levels
have no net effect on homeschooled children's education progress, then
reducing those regulations makes sense, as it can benefit those
parents who otherwise must spend hours attempting to comply with
regulations, and helps reduce unnecessary paperwork costs to local
schools.

"Dozens of people attended the hearing during which there was no
testimony against the bill. Vote 12-9."

2. As originally introduced, the bill also simplified the portfolio
requirements, but this was removed by an amendment in committee.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney






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