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12/16/2009 1:46:42 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--Your Calls Needed to Protect Freedom for Homeschooling

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New Hampshire--Your Calls Needed to Protect Freedom for Homeschooling

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Anti-homeschooling policymakers in New Hampshire appear determined to
make their state's law the most burdensome in the country. Unwilling
to accept the bipartisan majority vote of the House Education
Committee, these advocates of increased regulation for homeschoolers
have resurrected the incredibly onerous House Bill 367 from last year
and are submitting it as an "amendment" to HB 368. If passed, this
bill would make New Hampshire's homeschool law the most restrictive
and burdensome in the nation.

The most onerous provision of the proposed amendment is the
requirement that every student be tested every year AND that a
portfolio review be conducted for every student every year. Home
educated students' test scores would also have to be sent to the New
Hampshire Department of Education each year. Also of grave concern
are provisions in the amendment that order the DOE to make further
rules regarding portfolio reviews.

On November 19, 2009, a 14-6 bipartisan majority voted to recommend no
changes to New Hampshire's homeschool law. This is the second year
in a row that a study committee of the House Education Committee has
voted to recommend NO CHANGES to New Hampshire's homeschool laws.
Nevertheless, a vote to amend HB 368 is scheduled for January 6, 2010.
Because this vote will occur just after the New Year, it is critical
that homeschoolers act now to educate their representatives and secure
their commitment to vote against HB 368.

HSLDA is asking you to contact your legislators over the Christmas
holidays to discuss this issue with them. You could bring Christmas
cookies to your representative and take a few minutes to explain why
he or she should vote ITL on HB 368. Bring along a copy of the
proposed amendment (available at HSLDA's New Hampshire webpage link)
and point out how burdensome and unnecessary this bill is. Consider
gathering with a group of homeschoolers from your district to meet
together with your legislator. It is imperative that we contact every
legislator to educate them about this attempt to impose needless and
excessive regulation on homeschoolers in the Granite State.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please visit (or at a minimum call) your representative and ask him
or her to vote HB 368 ITL. To find our who your representative is,
visit HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox here: http://capwiz.com/hslda/home/
or the New Hampshire Legislature's website:
http://gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/wml.aspx

When you speak with your representative, please deliver the following
message politely and persuasively in your own words:

"The House Education Committee voted with a bipartisan majority to
recommend that no changes be made to the current homeschool laws in
New Hampshire. This is the second year in a row that a New Hampshire
legislative committee has recommended no changes to the homeschool
law. In spite of this, anti-homeschooling members of the committee
have resurrected the onerous HB 367 and are seeking to pass it by
amending HB 368. HB 367 was voted down by the House last year. I am
asking you to vote ITL on HB 368 - the recommendation of a bipartisan
majority of the committee. The New Hampshire homeschool law is working
fine and needs no further changes. Furthermore, if passed, HB 368
would make New Hampshire's homeschool law the most restrictive and
burdensome homeschool law in the country. Please vote ITL on HB 368."

Plan to attend a rally at the State House on January 6. Details (time
and specific location) for this event will be forthcoming.

HSLDA is working closely with Christian Home Educators of New
Hampshire (CheNH) and other groups to fight and win this important
battle for freedom. HSLDA is grateful for your support as we work
together to protect your right to homeschool unwarranted governmental
intrusion.


Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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