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5/2/2008 4:00:50 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--ACTION STILL Needed to Defeat Harmful Homeschool Legislation

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May 2, 2008

New Hampshire--ACTION STILL Needed
to Defeat Harmful Homeschool Legislation

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Thanks to your tireless effort and involvement, S.B. 337 continues to
be a focal point of activity in the House Education Committee. In the
last week, a subcommittee of the Education Committee has held two
working sessions to try "fix" S.B. 337. Representative Sharon
Carson, Rock 3 (R) and Representative James O'Neil, Hills 3 (D) have
introduced a bi-partisan amendment to add legislators to the Home
Education Advisory Council ("HEAC") and to create a commission to
study home education in New Hampshire to see if additional legislation
is warranted.

Although the amendment does remove the requirement to submit
curriculum information, it is expected to contain a provision to
require New Hampshire homeschoolers initiating a homeschool program to
notify their participating agency within five days of commencing the
program and then re-notify annually by the first day of school in
their resident school district.

Chair Emma Rous has also introduced a very troubling amendment that is
too complicated to explain here--for information on the Rouse
amendment visit the S.B. 337 home page at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5079 .

The best course of action for New Hampshire Homeschoolers is for the
legislature to leave the law alone. However, momentum in the
Education Committee to pass "something" appears strong and that is why
we need your help now more than ever.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Go to the S.B. 337 homepage at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5079 then contact or personally
visit members of the Education Committee, politely telling them in
your own words:

"I am familiar with the Rous and Carson/O'Neil amendments. The most
prudent course of action would be for the committee to vote ITL on
S.B. 337 because the law is working right now, and there is no problem
to solve. HOWEVER, if you feel something must be done, then please
support the Carson/O'Neil amendment, and vote no on the Rous
amendment.

2. Attend the executive session of the House Education Committee on
May 6 at 10 a.m. in LOB 207 if you can--you will not be able to speak,
but your presence will show the committee that homeschoolers are
opposed to the bill and are watching.

3. Plan to attend a possible rally and to observe floor debate as
early as May 14 if the bill is scheduled for a vote by the House in a
form that is unacceptable.

It will take continued effort and perseverance to defeat this
legislation. If we continue to stay involved, we can preserve
homeschool freedom in the Granite State. It is a privilege to be in
this battle with you, and I encourage all of you to continue praying
about the outcome of this issue. Thank your incredible support so far
and for all that you do each day to preserve homeschool freedom in New
Hampshire!

Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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