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4/25/2005 9:50:35 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--Calls Needed to Support Bill Simplifying Homeschool Notification

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April 25, 2005


New Hampshire--Calls Needed to Support Bill Simplifying Homeschool
Notification


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

HB 406, which would reduce red tape and simplify the annual home
education notification, is scheduled for a hearing tomorrow (Tuesday,
April 26) in the Senate Education Committee. Calls are needed to all
senators to help ensure the committee approves the bill tomorrow, and
to support the bill in the full Senate.

The bill 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 waste the time of both
homeschoolers and officials.


ACTION REQUESTED

1. Immediately call your senator and give him this message:

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

If you do not know who your senator 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 senator.

2. Come to Concord and attend the hearing to show your support for the
bill. The hearing is set for 9:00 AM in room 105 A in the State House.
I plan to be there.


BACKGROUND

1. The House has already approved the bill with good bipartisan
support.

2. The House Education Committee gave an excellent summary of the
bill's rationale:

"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 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."

3. Christian Home Educators of New Hampshire also strongly supports HB
406.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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