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1/4/2010 12:55:19 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--Rally and Call to Protect Freedom for Homeschooling

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New Hampshire--Rally and Call to Protect Freedom for Homeschooling

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls are needed right now to stop legislation which threatens
homeschooling freedom in New Hampshire. In 48 hours the New Hampshire
House of Representatives is scheduled to take up an amendment to HB
368 which, if passed, would make New Hampshire's homeschool law the
most restrictive and burdensome in the nation. Among other things,
the amended bill would require 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, and the DOE would be
granted sweeping rule making authority.

Despite the fact that for the second year in a row a legislative study
committee has voted to recommend no changes to New Hampshire's
homeschool law, a minority of pro-regulation legislators are seeking
to impose these dramatic and unnecessary new regulations. Because
the Democratic leadership of the House Education Committee did not
join the bipartisan 14-6 majority recommending the legislation be
found "inexpedient to legislate" ("ITL"), the possibility for the
Democratic caucus to take up an amended version of HB 368 is
concerning. As the legislature convenes for the first time this
Wednesday, with many items competing for their attention, it is
critical that you contact your representative immediately to secure
their commitment to vote ITL on HB 368 in any form.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please 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 visit 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 14-6
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. The New Hampshire homeschool law is working fine and needs no
further changes. 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."

Attend a rally at the State House on January 6 between 8:30 a.m. and
10:00 a.m., and then watch the House debate from the gallery.

Homeschoolers are planning to gather -- with their signs -- at 8:30 in
front of the Capitol. If you are able to stay and observe the
session, the House gallery provides an outstanding educational
experience. The amendments calendar lists HB 368 as No. 17, which
could be taken up before lunch.

HSLDA is working closely with Christian Home Educators of New
Hampshire (CheNH) and other groups in New Hampshire 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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