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3/9/2010 2:06:43 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire -Calls Needed Immediately to Defend Against Intrusive Regulations!

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March 9, 2010

New Hampshire--Calls Needed Immediately
to Defend Against Intrusive Regulations!

The Department of Education has submitted final proposed regulations
to the State Board of Education (BOE) that contain most of the onerous
and intrusive provisions that the Commissioner of Education previously
agreed would not be included. Contrary to a previous agreement to
support the the Home Education Advisory Council's proposed
regulations, the Department has gone back on its word and added
unnecessary and intrusive language that goes against what is required
by New Hampshire's home education law. If passed, these regulations
would create confusion and impose new and unreasonable requirements
for New Hampshire homeschoolers. We need you to make calls to the
Commissioner of Education and State Board and to attend the Board's
rules hearing to send a clear message that homeschoolers do not want
these proposed regulations.

The State Board is scheduled to vote on the final proposed changes to
the home education rules at its meeting tomorrow, March 10. The
Department of Education released a draft of its final proposal
yesterday, and HSLDA is deeply concerned about the proposed language.
If passed, the changes would significantly increase government
regulation of homeschoolers. The following changes are of grave
concern:

1. The teacher evaluator, not the parent, must sign and submit written
evaluations;
2. Parents must submit a statement describing their method of annual
assessment;
3. Children must demonstrate progress in all "selected" areas of
instruction;
4. The participating agent must review the teacher evaluation to
determine whether he or she agrees that progress has been made; and
5. Teacher evaluators must include the facts they relied upon in
determining whether a child made progress

The final proposed draft asks the BOE to consider completely new
requirements not permitted by law such as prohibiting parents who are
certified teachers from performing their children's portfolio
evaluation and requiring parents to explain why they are not covering
certain subjects every year.

To view a draft of the final proposal click here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7834


ACTION REQUESTED

1.) Please contact Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry as soon as
possible. Give her the following message in your own words. "I am
disappointed that the Department has not kept its promise to submit
the HEAC's proposed rules to the State Board as agreed. Please
withdraw the current final proposal that contains new and unnecessary
regulations. Please work with members of the HEAC to create a set of
rules that are in line with the home school law without imposing new
and completely unnecessary and burdensome requirements on our freedom
to home school."

Virginia Barry, Ph.D. - Commissioner of Education
(603) 271-3144
virginia.barry@ed.state.nh.us


2.) Contact your district's member of the State Board of Education and
at least one of the members representing the public at large. Give
them the following message in your own words: "I am gravely concerned
about the home education rules proposed by the Department of
Education. These rules do not reflect what the HEAC has proposed.
The Department has broken its agreement with the HEAC by submitting
this unacceptable set of rules. Please either accept the HEAC's
version of proposed rules without any changes or postpone action on
the final proposed rules as submitted by the Department until members
of HEAC and the Commissioner of Education can work to develop a final
set that is in line with the law. The Department's proposed rules
create new, unnecessary, and intrusive regulations that are
unacceptable to New Hampshire Homeschoolers. Please reject the
Department's rules and ask them to work with New Hampshire
homeschoolers to create a set of rules that accurately reflect the
law."

There are five board members who represent each executive council
district and two members who represent the public at large. To find
out which district you live in visit:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7835 Contact information is below:

John E. Lyons, Jr., Chairman (At Large)
Office: (603) 431-5144
Home: (603) 430-9570
jlyons@lyonslaw.net

Fredrick J. Bramante, Jr. (At Large)
Home: (603) 868-5683
Office: (603) 623-7900
fredbramante@daddys.com

Helen G. Honorow (District 5)
Office: (603) 883-0474
Home: (603) 598-8433
hhonorow@barrylawoffice.com

Daphne A. Kenyon, Ph.D. (District 3)
Home: (603) 886-7207
dkenyon433@aol.com

Stephen R. L'Heureux (District 4)
Home: (603) 668-2708
Office: (603) 669-2256
s.lheureux@comcast.net

Tom Raffio (District 2)
Home: (603) 715-2750
Office: (603) 223-1300
tomraffio@nedelta.com

William D. Walker (District 1)
wwjazz2@aol.com

3.) Attend the following events this Wednesday, March 10:

> On Pleasant Street, at the Department of Education, the Board of
Education will meet at 9:00 a.m. (doors open at 8:00), where there
will be a brief period for public comment shortly after 9:00. The
Board will consider the Final Proposal for revised home education
rules sometime after 12:30. Your presence for this brief period will
send a strong message even if you aren't able to provide testimony.

> Before and after the State Board public comment period you can
attend a rally in support of HB 1580 which will take place at the
State House from 8:30 a.m-10:00 a.m. Come greet legislators and help
further freedom for New Hampshire homeschoolers.

Thank you for your continued efforts to defend freedom in New
Hampshire!

Standing with you,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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