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1/24/2006 10:12:05 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire - No Homeschool Exemption in Senate Bill 268

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Dear HSLDA members and friends:

I have received a report that some homeschoolers are being told there
is a "homeschool exception" in Senate Bill 268. This is incorrect.

I expect someone came to this incorrect belief through not
understanding how the legislature uses special typefaces on bills.

When the legislature prints a bill, it uses bold italic typeface to
indicate new language the bill would add to an existing statute. It
uses "strike through" (i.e., a line drawn through a word) to indicate
language in an existing statute the bill would remove. Language
already in a statute that the bill will not change is indicated by
plain font.

Most email programs do not indicate bold italic or strike through
font. If someone cuts and pastes sections of the bill into an email,
the special typefaces disappear. It will all look the same, and a
person not aware of this would probably conclude everything in the
bill would be new language.

To see the bill with the correct typefaces and see what is to be
added, removed and kept, copy and paste this website into your
browser:

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2006/SB0268.html

You will clearly see that what someone is calling the "home school
exception" is simply language that has always been in the law. It is
not an exemption from compulsory attendance law, it is an exemption
from public school attendance! This exemption is what allows us to
homeschool our children under the homeschool statute and regulations
instead of attending public school. It is not new, and it does not
exempt us from compulsory attendance.

This bill will raise the compulsory attendance age for everyone,
including homeschool families. Please continue to call members of the
committee! (See our email dated 1-20-06 for details online at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2794 ).


Sincerely,


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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