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3/17/2006 2:43:20 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--Governor Lynch Signs Bill Improving Homeschool Law

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March 17, 2006

New Hampshire--Governor Lynch Signs Bill Improving Homeschool Law

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

On Monday, March 13, the most significant changes made to New
Hampshire's homeschool law in years were finalized.

Proving once again that homeschool freedom is a bipartisan issue,
Democratic Governor John Lynch signed House Bill 406 after its
approval by the Republican-majority House and Senate. The changes go
into effect May 12, 2006.

The new law makes the following notable improvements:

1. The annual homeschool notice is simplified by the removal of the
following six requirements for homeschool parents:

> List subjects to be taught;
> Describe the subjects to be taught;
> List the name of any correspondence school to be used;
> List the name of any commercial curriculum provider;
> Provide a table of contents for each subject;
> Provide a scope and sequence for each subject.

2. The commissioner of education's duty to "acknowledge in writing
that the parent shall be permitted" to homeschool the child is
removed, making it clear that parents do not need permission to
educate their own children. The commissioner must acknowledge receipt
of a homeschool notice within 14 days, rather than the former 21 days.

3. The commissioner of education's authority to require a family to
attend a hearing to determine whether they are in compliance with the
law has been removed. (The family's right to request a hearing if the
commissioner determines the child has not made adequate progress after
a year of probation is unchanged.)

4. The definition of "homeschool" is simplified by the removal of the
requirement that it consist of "planned and supervised instructional
and related educational activities." This means the commissioner no
longer has authority to scrutinize a family's planning and
supervision.

By reducing the administrative load for both parents and officials,
this bill allows all to focus on more worthwhile tasks.

An achievement of this magnitude can only be accomplished by the
combined efforts of many people. Expressing thanks to all to whom it
is truly due would greatly lengthen this communication, so I will
offer abbreviated thanks here.

We thank Governor John Lynch for signing the bill and not bowing to
the demands of entrenched educational interests. We thank the many
members of the House and Senate who voted "yes" on the bill and
rebuffed efforts to water it down. Senator Peter Bragdon and
Representative Timothy Easson provided crucial support. We thank the
many families who made trips to the capitol and phone calls to their
senators and representatives. We thank the Christian Home Educators
of New Hampshire and their leadership. Finally, we thank
Representative Marshall Lee Quandt, Representative Matthew J. Quandt,
Dawn Lincoln and Don Gorman for initiating H.B. 406.

And above all, we thank our Father in heaven, without whom no good
thing can be achieved.


Sincerely,


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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