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3/20/2007 10:36:36 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire: Calls Needed to Stop Expansion of State Control Over Homeschools!

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March 20, 2007

New Hampshire: Calls Needed to Stop
Expansion of State Control Over Homeschools!

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

On Thursday, March 15, the New Hampshire Senate voted 17 to 7 to pass
Senate Bill 18. This bill would raise the age of compulsory
attendance from 16 to 18, and create an "alternative learning plan,"
which would allow kids over the age of 16 to satisfy the compulsory
attendance requirement without remaining in public school.

Raising the age of compulsory attendance will not help New Hampshire
high school students; rather, it will likely raise taxes and
potentially create new unfavorable regulations for homeschoolers in
New Hampshire.

This bill will now be referred to the House Education Committee.
While the New Hampshire House overwhelmingly rejected this legislation
last year, many new representatives who are not familiar with this
bill's flaws are now serving in the House. It is critical that you
contact members of the House Education Committee and encourage them to
recommend this legislation as Inexpedient To Legislate ("ITL"). It is
also important that your legislator hear from you and others on this
topic. This bill will pass unless there is a public outcry against
it.


ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact as many members of the House Education Committee
(listed below) as possible and ask them to oppose Senate Bill 18. In
your own words, give them the following message:

"Please recommend Senate Bill 18 as Inexpedient To Legislate ("ITL").
This bill is unnecessary, and even harmful to families, as it takes
away parental decision-making authority and wastes taxpayer money."

This bill affects all students, so it is not necessary to identify
yourself as a homeschooler.

House Education Committee - (603) 271 3334

Rep. Emma L. Rous (D), Chair
Phone: (603) 868-7030

Rep. J. Timothy Dunn (D), Vice Chair
Phone: (603) 357-7993

Rep. Charles B. Yeaton (D)
Phone: (603) 736-9087

Rep. Claudette R. Jean (D)
Phone: (603) 883-3824

Rep. Claire D. Clarke (D)
Phone: (603) 796-2268

Rep. Kimberley S. Casey (D)
Phone: (603) 772-8506

Rep. Barbara E. Shaw (D)
Phone: (603) 626-4681

Rep. Scott A. Merrick (D)
Phone: (603) 788-4311

Rep. Kimberly C. Shaw (D), Clerk
Phone: (603) 882-2845

Rep. Judith E. Day (D)
Phone: (603) 964-1816

Rep. James M. O'Neil (D)
Phone: (603) 424-3059

Rep. Judith T. Reever (D)
Phone: (603) 524-2644

Rep. Sharon M. Carson (R)
Phone: (603) 434-2489

Rep. Paul Ingbretson (R)
Phone: (603) 989-3092

Rep. David W. Hess (R)
Phone: (603) 485-9027

Rep. William J. Remick (R)
Phone: (603)788-2444

Rep. Nancy F. Stiles (R)
Phone: (603) 926-6467

Rep. Karen K. McRae (R)
Phone: (603) 497-2186

Rep. Elenore Casey Crane (R)
Phone: (603) 881-9048

Rep. Pamela G. Price (R)
Phone: (603) 888-4774


BACKGROUND

Senate Bill 18 exempts from compulsory attendance those who have
earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, including a GED and a
letter or certificate documenting completion of a home education
program at the high school level. While the bill, if passed with the
amendment, would allow homeschoolers in New Hampshire to certify high
school completion prior to age 18, we are recommending that members
contact their representatives and ask them to reject the bill in its
entirety.

> Raising the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18 would subject
New Hampshire home educators to the requirements of the homeschool
statute two years later than now required. (You do not need to share
this reason with your legislators.)

> Raising the compulsory attendance age erodes the authority of
parents who are in the best position to determine when their child's
formal education should end.

> Raising the compulsory attendance age will not reduce the dropout
rate. In fact, the two states with the highest high school completion
rates, Maryland at 94.5% and North Dakota at 94.7%, compel attendance
only to age 16. The state with the lowest completion rate (Oregon:
75.4%) compels attendance to age 18. (Figures are three year
averages, 1996 through 1998.)

> Twenty-nine states only require attendance to age 16. Older
children unwilling to learn can cause classroom disruptions and even
violence, making learning harder for their classmates who truly want
to learn.

> Raising the compulsory attendance age would restrict parents'
freedom to decide if their 16-year-old is ready for college or the
workforce. (Some 16-year-olds who are not academically inclined
benefit more from valuable work experience than from being forced to
sit in a classroom.)

> Another significant impact of expanding the compulsory attendance
age would be an inevitable tax increase to pay for more classroom
space and teachers to accommodate the additional students compelled to
attend public schools. When California raised the upper age limit of
compulsory attendance, unwilling students were so disruptive that new
schools had to be built just to handle them and their behavior
problems, all at the expense of the taxpayer.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/E/Early_Education.asp

Thank you on behalf of all New Hampshire parents!

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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