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3/4/2010 5:05:12 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--Take Action to Recognize Parents' Educational Freedom!

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March 4, 2010

New Hampshire--Take Action to Recognize Parents' Educational Freedom!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

House Bill 1580 is scheduled to be voted on by the full House on
Wednesday, March 10. The bill was voted inexpedient to legislate by
12-7 in the Education Committee. HSLDA supports HB 1580 as it would
reinforce in New Hampshire law that parents have the right to
determine the best form of education for their children.

Please take action, as requested below, to advance this fundamental
freedom!

ACTION REQUESTED

1) Please contact your representative by Tuesday, March 9, and ask him
or her to vote in favor of this bill. You can give the following
message in your own words:

"Please Support House Bill 1580. This bill explicitly recognizes the
fundamental right of parents to direct the education of their
children. Further, it allows parents to choose the form of education
that best meets the needs of their children without government
interference. As a New Hampshire resident, I support this legislation"


To find out who your representative is, visit our legislative toolbox
(http://capwiz.com/hslda/home/).

2) A rally is being planned at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 4
starting at 8:30 a.m..

BACKGROUND

On January 6, 2010, Representative Paul Ingbretson proposed House Bill
1580, a bill that would amend New Hampshire's compulsory school
attendance law to explicitly recognize that "[i]t is the natural,
fundamental right of parents to determine and direct the education of
their children."

Although in practice, New Hampshire's current homeschool law and
regulations are not excessively onerous, the state is among the more
highly regulated across the country. In the many legislative fights
we have gone through in New Hampshire in recent years, HSLDA's
constant position has been that no additional burdens should be
imposed on homeschoolers, and if any changes were needed it would be
changes making the law less restrictive.

Representative Ingbretson's bill takes a step in that direction by
explicitly recognizing that parents, not the government, have the
right and therefore the responsibility to educate their children.
While parents may choose to enroll their children in a public or
private school, homeschooling should be an equally acceptable option.

HSLDA is working closely with CHENH and other local organizations to
support the explicit recognition of this fundamental right in state
law.

Thank you for your continued support of freedom and liberty in New
Hampshire!

Standing with you,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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