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5/5/2006 4:27:41 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--Compulsory Age Expansion Blocked

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May 5, 2006

New Hampshire--Compulsory Age Expansion Blocked

Dear HSLDA members:

You made the difference! By a vote of 309 to 44, the House halted the
progress of Senate Bill 268, a bill which would have raised the age of
compulsory attendance from 16 to 18.

The April 12 vote shunted the bill to "interim study" status. This
means the bill is dead for this year, but it is likely to return next
year in some form. We will stay vigilant for any last-minute
parliamentary shenanigans that might try to attach the contents of
S.B. 268 to another bill.

This bill was strongly supported by the governor and appeared to have
tremendous momentum. It sailed through the Senate Education Committee
on a 6-0 vote, and then passed the full Senate by a wide margin. It
was rushed to the House where it passed the House Education Committee.

The situation was so bleak that some homeschoolers appeared ready to
concede defeat and were proposing compromise language. Christian Home
Educators of New Hampshire (CHENH), HSLDA's partner in fighting this
bill, received emails from several homeschoolers telling them their
efforts were futile--too little too late.

Undaunted by the pessimists and unwilling to concede the loss of two
years of liberty, CHENH identified several key representatives who
could turn the tide. Using information Home School Legal Defense
Association supplied, homeschoolers met with them and flooded them
with phone calls asking them to oppose the bill.

On the morning of the final vote, homeschoolers turned out to picket
the state house. When surprised officials saw the crowd and the signs
homeschoolers were carrying, they tried to run the picketers off--only
to discover they were there lawfully because all required permits had
been obtained.

The message got through. An "ought to pass" motion failed 134 to 219,
while the "interim study" motion which carried gave the sponsors a
nominal sort of victory.

Sometimes it seems that childhood itself is an endangered species in
America. Lawmakers have tried to force children as young as 3 to
attend school. There was a recent report that one lawmaker (not in
New Hampshire) declared that compulsory attendance should start at 2
to get children away from "incompetent" parents as soon as possible.

Defeating efforts to expand compulsory attendance is part of the core
mission of preserving the precious parent-child relationship God has
created and the rights that flow from the relationship.

Thank you for standing with us to protect those rights.

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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-> You can only do so much...

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proposed laws that could erode your right to homeschool.
Join HSLDA today-we'll watch out for your future.

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