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2/21/2008 12:18:30 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--More Calls Needed TODAY to Oppose Changes to State Homeschool Law

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February 21, 2008

New Hampshire--More Calls Needed TODAY
to Oppose Changes to State Homeschool Law

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Senator Iris Estabrook has proposed to amend her sponsored bill, S.B.
337. The amendment changes the annual filing deadline from August 1
to the anniversary of initial notification or the first day of school
in the local district. As amended, the bill continues to require new
homeschoolers to submit an instructional plan (a requirement that was
removed from the law by H.B. 406 in 2006). It does, however, remove
authorization for school districts to count homeschoolers in their
"daily membership in residence."

It has been reported that at the February 5 hearing, Senator Estabrook
said that she did not want to hear testimony about how successful
homeschooling is because she agrees that it is successful. If that is
true, we must ask what the public policy reason for this legislation
is. The truth is that this is a tactic to chip away at the freedoms of
New Hampshire homeschoolers, giving government more control over
families. This tactic must be steadfastly opposed.

While the amendment to the bill does drop some of the more onerous
provisions, such as the requirement to select the method of evaluation
in advance and counting homeschoolers in the daily attendance of the
local school districts, the bill still proposes changes that are
unnecessary and that increase regulation of New Hampshire
homeschoolers. The amendment to the bill was a procedural maneuver
made after the public hearing, and it is possible that the Education
Committee will pass S.B. 337 in executive session without another
public hearing. However, the significant changes to this bill warrant
another public hearing. We need you to contact the Education Committee
and demand another public hearing before this bill is voted on.

ACTION REQUESTED

The Senate is in session today, so we are asking you, if possible, to
call members of the Senate Education Committee TODAY. Tell them in
your own words that you want another public hearing on S.B. 337,
before the committee votes on it. You can also tell them that even as
amended, the bill should not be passed because there is no problem
with the current system that needs to be fixed. Ask them to have
another hearing, to oppose the bill at the hearing, and to vote it
inexpedient to legislate.

For more information on Senate Bill 337, see
http://www.hslda.org/Legislation/State/nh/2008/NHSB337/default.asp

The Senate Education Committee is as follows:

Sen. Iris W. Estabrook, Chair
(603)868-5524
iris.estabrook@leg.state.nh.us

Sen. Joseph A. Foster, Vice Chair
(603)891-0307
joseph.foster@leg.state.nh.us

Sen. Martha Fuller Clark
martha.fullerclark@leg.state.nh.us

Sen. Molly M. Kelly
(603)352-5605
molly.kelly@leg.state.nh.us

Sen. Peter E. Bragdon
(603)673-7135
peter.bragdon@leg.state.nh.us

Sen. Robert J. Letourneau
robert.letourneau@leg.state.nh.us


Thank you for your support!


Very truly yours,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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