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11/20/2009 12:14:09 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
N.H.: Victory! HB368 "ITL"--Committee "Studies Hard and Passes Test"

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New Hampshire: Victory! HB368 "ITL"--Education
Committee "Studies Hard and Passes Test"

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Congratulations! Your hard work, phone calls, emails, attendance at
meetings and continued involvement in the study of RSA 193-A has
resulted in a great victory for homeschoolers in New Hampshire!

With about 200 homeschoolers present in and around the room, the House
Education Committee held a two-hour executive session to discuss the
fate of the much-studied homeschool law and HB 368. Over the course
of the session there were a number of amendments proposed that would
have been quite onerous. These amendments failed with tie votes on
two occasions. Finally the committee voted 14-6 to recommend HB 368
as "inexpedient to legislate." The bill is now scheduled to be taken
up by the full House on January 6, with other legislation that was
carried over from last year. A floor debate and possible further
attempts to amend the bill are possible even though the full House
generally accepts the policy recommendations of the committees.

After months of study and countless hours for the second year in a
row, the committee has recognized that New Hampshire's homeschool law
doesn't need any changes. We can hope that this means homeschoolers
can breathe easier. But based on the comments and votes of some in
the committee, in particular, Chair Emma Rouse, it remains to be seen
whether the homeschooling community will actually be left alone.
However, Committee Member Joseph Fleck, a Republican from Carroll
County District 5, was reported to have made the following comment:
"I think that the homeschooling community represents accountability
better than any other entity in education."

HSLDA's position remains that New Hampshire's homeschool law, as
moderately burdensome as it is, functions well enough that it needs no
changes. This also appears to be the position of a majority of the
homeschool community. Indeed, if there is to be any change, the
change ought to be in the direction of reducing regulations rather
than increasing them.

HSLDA commends the many homeschoolers and organizations such as CHENH
and NHHC who have attended meetings, captured information, contacted
their legislators and made comments at the committee meetings. We
know there are many who have taken time out of busy schedules to show
up. We believe that your effort has been very important to this
unexpectedly positive, one could even say miraculous, outcome.

To listen to the executive session audio please visit the CHENH
website at http://www.chenh.org/PodCasts/

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

Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney


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