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4/29/2005 1:08:22 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--Oppose Curriculum Requirement for First-time Homeschoolers

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April 28, 2005


New Hampshire--Oppose Curriculum Requirement for First-time
Homeschoolers


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Thank you for your calls and attending the hearing on House Bill 406.

Following the hearing in the Senate Education Committee, Senator
Foster appears to be undecided. While he expressed a certain amount
of support for the bill, he implied that it should be amended so that
parents would be required to submit curriculum information in their
first year of homeschooling, but not thereafter.

New Hampshire is one of only 11 states that require families to submit
information about their curriculum - in the first year or otherwise.
While significantly burdening families and officials, the curriculum
requirement achieves nothing.

Parents in the 39 other states develop a curriculum without the
compulsion of law and their students do very well. Nothing requires
New Hampshire families to actually follow the curriculum, but many are
fearful nonetheless about adjusting their curriculum to meet their
child's needs if they change during the year. Although the law does
not give school districts power to "approve" a family's curriculum,
many act as though they do, resulting in frequent conflicts between
officials and homeschool families.

The curriculum requirement is unneeded, confusing, and prone to
misuse. It needs to be removed - for all homeschool families,
including those just starting.


ACTION REQUESTED

If you live in Senator Foster's district (Nashua area), please call
him at (603) 271 3569. His vote will be pivotal. Your message can be
as simple as:

"Please support House Bill 406 without any amendment. Thirty-nine
other states allow families to homeschool from their very first year
without imposing any curriculum requirement. The high standardized
test scores of homeschool students show that this requirement is not
necessary."

If you are not sure you are in Senator Foster's district, consult our
legislative toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .

Sincerely,


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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