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6/9/2005 5:24:46 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--Your calls helped H.B. 406 survive!

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New Hampshire--Your calls helped H.B. 406 survive!


Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls helped H.B. 406 survive!

H.B. 406 has been sent back to committee in the Senate. While it did
not pass, the harmful amendment was prevented from passing. Many of
the Senators commented on how many calls they received from their
homeschooling constituents. The bill is now in committee, and probably
will not receive any consideration until January. At that time we will
again ask for your support so that we can ensure that H.B. 406 passes,
and give relief to the homeschool community of New Hampshire.


ACTION REQUESTED

No action requested at this time.


BACKGROUND

1. I traveled to Concord on April 26 to testify in favor of HB 406 in
the senate education committee hearing. Many homeschool leaders also
testified in support of it. One senator suggested amending the bill
so that only first time homeschool parents would be required to file
the detailed curriculum information. The committee subsequently voted
6-0 in favor of HB 406, with this amendment. The amendment had not,
however, been put in writing when the committee voted on it.

2. This weekend was the first time the actual text of the amendment
became available. Shockingly, the amendment not only requires first
time families to be subjected to the needless hassle of describing
their curriculum in detail, which we were not surprised to see, but
requires families to get the commissioner's "approval," and forbids
them from homeschooling until they have waited 30 days after filing
their notice.

3. We do not definitely know who inserted the "permission" and
"waiting period" requirements into the amendment text out of the
public eye. Some senate education committee members are as surprised
as we are to find the "permission" and "waiting period" language in
the bill. You may want to ask about this when you call Senator
Bragdon, the education committee chairman. It is possible that senate
rules were violated.

4. Families must not be forced to await the commissioner's "approval"
before they can homeschool. Home education is a right, not a
privilege. Being forced to wait for approval could harm the children.

5. Families must not be forced to wait 30 days. There is absolutely
no justification for this arbitrary waiting period. Some families
homeschool after their children have been traumatized by violence,
threats and intimidation, and even one more day in that unhealthy
environment would be totally unacceptable. Others have health reasons
for switching to homeschooling immediately. Officials might use the 30
day waiting period to try to coerce parents out of their decision to
homeschool, or launch a punitive investigation of the family or child
in hopes of scaring them out of their choice.

6. We have asked Senator Gatsas to introduce a floor amendment to
remove the most troublesome amendments added in the senate education
committee.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom


Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

To become a member of HSLDA and help us fight for homeschool freedom
in New Hampshire please visit http://www.hslda.org/join/apply.asp.
Thank you for your support!
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