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4/17/2008 4:49:43 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--Your Presence Made a Difference for Homeschool Freedom!

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April 17, 2008

New Hampshire--Your Presence Made a Difference for Homeschool Freedom!


Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Thank you to everyone who attended Tuesday's hearing on S.B. 337--your
presence made a difference!

Nearly 500 parents and children showed up in opposition to the bill
that would institute a filing deadline and require first-time
homeschoolers to submit a curriculum description prior to starting
their homeschool program. More than 50 people signed up to testify,
and not one member of the public spoke out in favor of S.B. 337!

The only government official who testified in favor of S.B. 337 was
Roberta Tenney, who handles homeschooling issues for the N.H.
Department of Education, and who has been collaborating with the
bill's sponsor, Sen. Iris Estabrook. Ms. Tenney testified that the
legislation's intent was to start a "dialog" with first-time
homeschoolers and to encourage "collaboration" and "conversation."
Ironically, neither Sen. Estabrook nor Ms. Tenney sought to improve
the state's relationship with homeschoolers by discussing this bill
with the Home Education Advisory Council (HEAC), a panel established
by law and charged with facilitating effective communication with
public officials and making recommendations to any changes in
homeschooling regulations. In fact, the HEAC was not even aware of
S.B. 337 until it was introduced in the Senate!

While their children listened or quietly completed assignments, a
number of homeschooling parents articulately presented their reasons
for opposing S.B. 337. Apparently, some committee members were
listening intently--"We'll see what the committee thinks," commented
Rep. Pamela Price. "I don't think it's necessary and hope my
colleagues will recognize that." Rep. Sharon Carson echoed the
sentiment: "After looking at this, I don't see the need for this law."

We are still waiting for the Education Committee's final verdict and
will let you know as soon as the members have made a decision.

In the meantime, thank you again for your investment in homeschooling
freedom. Without your efforts, defeat of S.B. 337 would not be
possible!

Sincerely,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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