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4/22/2009 5:04:02 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--Education Committee Initiates

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April 22, 2009

New Hampshire--Education Committee
Initiates "Inquisition" of Homeschool Law

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The House Education Committee has begun its "inquisition" into New
Hampshire's home education law. Despite the fact that there is no
indication of any kind that the law is not working or that there are
any problems, the majority in the Education Committee have established
FIVE subcommittees to study each section of the law. Apparently they
intend to investigate other states as well. It's more than a little
shocking that a majority of the committee are willing to invest so
much time and energy into analyzing homeschooling without even an iota
of evidence that the law isn't working.

The subcommittees will meet in public, although public input will not
likely be permitted. However, a constant presence will be helpful to
send the message that homeschoolers are paying attention.
Furthermore, it will be important to have independent reporting on
these meetings which will require dedicated effort.

If you are willing to assist in monitoring these meetings please email
us at nh@hslda.org with your contact information.

The committee could save countless hours if they listened to the
voices of the thousands of homeschoolers all over the state who have
written, called, or who came to Concord to testify this year. New
Hampshire's homeschool law is among the nation's most highly
regulated. This year across the country many states are reducing
regulation, not increasing it. For example, the Minnesota legislature
is close to passing a mandate reduction act which will significantly
reduce regulatory burdens on homeschoolers and local school officials.
Vermont education officials have also proposed cutting the scope of
state regulations.

In this economic environment, legislators should be looking for ways
to reduce mandates, not increase them. And the facts about the
success of homeschooling demonstrate that homeschoolers do not merit
more regulation.

The subcommittees, representatives on the committee, and issues they
will focus on are as follows:

Definitions: RSA 193-A:1-4
Rachel Burke, Judith Day, Paul Ingbretson

Notification: RSA 193-A:5
Charles Yeaton, Claire Clarke, Emma Rous, Joe Fleck, Ralph Boehm

Evaluation and Records: RSA 193-A:6, I-II, a-d
Philip Harvey, Barbara Shaw, James O'Neil, Pamela Price, Karen
Hutchinson

Probation /Appeals: RSA 193-A:6,III: A:7-8 (9-10)
Judith Reever, Scott Merrick, Kimberly Shaw, Rick Ladd, John Laurent

Survey to Superintendents
James O'Neil, Kimberly Shaw, Emma Rous, Nancy Stiles, Brien Ward

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact us if you are able to help cover the committee
meetings. We will send your contact information and a subcommittee
assignment will be made.

If you would like to attend and observe a subcommittee meeting, the
schedule can be found at:
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/caljourns/default.htm

For more information on legislation in New Hampshire please go to
www.hslda.org/nh

Thank you for your tremendous support and willingness to defend
homeschool freedom in New Hampshire!


Very truly yours,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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