From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


6/8/2007 4:26:25 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--Clarifying S.B. 18

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

June 8, 2007

New Hampshire--Clarifying S.B. 18

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

After speaking with New Hampshire homeschool leaders, I see that my
e-lert earlier today on this subject caused confusion. Upon reflection
I understand how my earlier email could have been read to give the
impression that S.B. 18 was an overall positive development in New
Hampshire homeschool law.

In the interest of addressing the issue speedily I overlooked some
important concerns. My previous email was not intended to give the
impression that HSLDA believes that an increase in governmental
regulation over parents in general and homeschoolers is good. HSLDA
routinely opposes increases in compulsory attendance age and other
attempts to increase government interference with homeschooling all
over the country.

As you know during this last legislative session HSLDA opposed many
bad bills in the New Hampshire Legislature. We also vigorously opposed
S.B. 18 as an unreasonable increase in government interference with
parents' fundamental right to direct the upbringing and education of
their children. We thank all of you for your phone calls, letters and
emails on this and other bills. We also thank the legislators who
fought against this bill in committee and on the floor of the House.

Although the original legislation was worse, the amended version of
S.B. 18 is mixed on its impact on homeschoolers. While S.B. 18
provides New Hampshire homeschoolers the ability to determine when a
child has completed his high school education, regardless of age, it
also has the effect of subjecting those families whose children do not
complete their high school education by age 16 to two more years of
reporting. Further, the creation of the requirement that families
notify the Department of Education of the completion of the high
school level program is a new untested legal requirement.

We will update our New Hampshire legal analysis to reflect our
interpretation of this new law in the coming weeks. It will be a
reasonable interpretation that supports the greatest freedom for New
Hampshire homeschoolers. We will also continue to monitor any
rulemaking process associated with it.

We know it has been a difficult year in New Hampshire and we
appreciate all you do to maintain homeschooling freedoms. I regret
the confusion my email caused and thank you for your ongoing support.


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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