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11/11/2009 3:28:48 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--House Democrat: "Aggressive" with Homeschoolers

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November 11, 2009

New Hampshire--House Democrat: "Aggressive" with Homeschoolers

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The New Hampshire HB 368 "Definitions" Subcommittee had its second and
final meeting Tuesday afternoon. Representatives Burke (Chairman),
Day, and Ingbretson were present at the 20-minute meeting.

Representative Day moved to add "computer literacy" to the 13 subjects
required to be taught by the current homeschool law, and the motion
passed 2-1. Further, the subcommittee voted 2-1 to recommend that
computer literacy, and all subjects except the constitution in RSA
193-A:4, be taught every year. When Rep. Ingbretson suggested that
this seemed "aggressive," Rep. Burke said, "We're going to be
aggressive today." About 50 members of the public were in attendance
but, contrary to procedure in other subcommittees, no public comment
was allowed.

Remember that the House Education Committee will discuss and vote on
recommendations at the executive session, scheduled for November 19 at
10:00 a.m. in LOB 207. HSLDA continues to follow the Committee's study
of the homeschool law, and we will keep you informed.

Between the legislature and the State Board of Education, there are
some public policy makers who are determined to impose further
unnecessary and harmful regulations on homeschoolers. Homeschoolers
must be prepared to take action by attending meetings and
appropriately voicing their opinion to these officials. At this time,
we are not recommending any specific action. The HEAC continues to
work with the Department of Education to resolve the confusion around
the submission of rules that were not approved by the HEAC. HEAC
members will be meeting with the commissioner of education and others
to resolve this before the public hearing on the proposed rules, set
for December 9.

Thank you for your continued support of freedom for homeschoolers in
the Granite State!

Very truly yours,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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