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4/3/2008 1:39:19 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--Homeschool Hearing Continued Because You Showed Up!

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April 3, 2008

New Hampshire--Homeschool Hearing Continued Because You Showed Up!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Thank you! Your commitment to freedom in New Hampshire sent a clear
message to the House Education Committee that this proposed
legislation is unnecessary and interferes with the rights of parents.
In fact, so many people indicated a desire to testify that the
Committee has scheduled another public hearing for April 15 at 10 a.m.
in Representative's Hall!

Yesterday, as 10:30 a.m. approached, homeschooling families lined up
outside LOB 207, a room far too small for an estimated 300 waiting to
be seated and to testify. When I first arrived, Chair Emma Rous was
sitting in a very small hearing room and it seemed clear that the
sheer numbers in attendance shocked her as she said in exasperation --
"Why did you bring so many people?" She then graciously agreed to
move the hearing to Representative's Hall in the Capitol to
accommodate everyone.

While there were a few people who testified in favor of the bill, most
of the testimony was in opposition. During the testimony, a primary
reason given by the sponsor of the bill was that a "safety net" was
needed to catch the "very small number" of children who might be
falling through the cracks and not receiving an adequate education.
CheNH Board Member Dave Wheeler and I testified and pointed out that
the proposed bills would accomplish nothing toward preventing children
from falling through the cracks. Such an argument is a red herring
and a poor justification for increasing regulation over homeschoolers.

"RSA 169", said Wheeler, "already addresses the issue of educational
neglect. N.H. homeschoolers," Wheeler continued, "already provide a
written notice as well as the results of assessment test so that there
is more than enough information to determine whether an adequate
education is being provided."

You may read my testimony online and prepare your testimony for April
15 by viewing our talking points memo at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4988 .

Personally, it was a real blessing to meet many of you at the hearing
and to see you with your wonderful families! Thank you for all of
your letters, phone calls, and emails to the New Hampshire
Legislature, and for attending the hearing! I also would like to
commend the work of all New Hampshire homeschool leaders who are
working to protect homeschool freedom. Let's keep it up and hold the
line on no more homeschool regulation in the Granite State.

ACTION REQUESTED

It is very important that you also attend the second public hearing on
Tuesday, April 15, at 10 a.m. We need to have at least an equal size
showing to show that our resolve hasn't changed! Be sure to talk with
your friends who weren't able to come -- they now have a chance to
voice their opposition to this bill.

For more information on Senate Bill 337, see
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4989 .

Thank you for your support!

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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