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4/30/2009 4:53:54 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
N.H.--Attend "Definitions" Subcommittee Meeting to Resist Governmental Intrusion

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

April 30, 2009

New Hampshire--Attend "Definitions"
Subcommittee Meeting to Resist Governmental Intrusion!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The "Definitions" subcommittee for H.B. 368 will have a work session
on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. in Legislative Office Building
207. While there may be no time for public comment, the public is
welcome to attend.

Your continued attendance and close observation will keep pressure on
the committees. Your attendance also shows support for homeschool
freedom and is important to help us be prepared to meet the
committee's ultimate recommendations. If you attend, bring a notepad,
tape recorder, or video recorder as the meeting will not be officially

At the last subcommittee meeting, the subcommittee chairman for
"Evaluation and Records", Phillip Harvey, made an unusual move by
inviting public testimony. This subcommittee met on Wednesday, April
29 at 10:00 a.m. in a room packed with 25 members of the public.
Most attendees were homeschool parents and students. Only three of
the five subcommittee members attended the meeting, with Barbara Shaw
and Karen Hutchinson absent.

Roberta Tenney of the Department of Education was invited to speak to
the subcommittee. She introduced herself as the "administrator for
home education, charter schools, school improvement, and
accountability," and said "we are interested in fine-tuning the law,
and if you remember, there was a recommendation that people present a
plan at the beginning, and then we have some way of showing evidence
that can be benchmarked over the years, of progress. Without any
doubt many, many people do homeschool beautifully, and that's not the
group we would be talking about. We would be talking about being
conscious of all who sign up to homeschool."

Three New Hampshire licensed teachers who have served as evaluators
for New Hampshire homeschoolers were among those who testified. They
reported that in thousands of reviews they had conducted over the past
two decades, there have only been a handful of cases that were ever a
concern to them. These families, the evaluators testified, usually
ended up enrolling their children in school after it became apparent
that homeschooling was not a fit for them.

New Hampshire homeschoolers have nothing to fear from this "homeschool
inquisition". We know that these vague and unfounded "concerns" about
large numbers of students falling through the cracks is a red herring
being used to attempt to subject educational freedom to more state
control. With your help and vigilance we will defeat this attempt and
prove once and for all that New Hampshire's homeschool law works fine
and, if anything, should be loosened up, not tightened down.

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep homeschooling in New
Hampshire free from unnecessary government interference. Please keep
up the spotlight on these hearings with your attendance!

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Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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