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Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire: Take Action to Protect Privacy

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

May 3, 2010

New Hampshire: Take Action to Protect Privacy

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

In 2004, the state of New Hampshire created an education database to
store information about public school students and track their
progress. The results of state assessment tests are stored in this
database, and school districts upload student information, such as
attendance and special education information, to the database by
requesting a student's Unique Pupil Identifier (UPI). The purpose of
this database is to allow the Department of Education to compile
information to improve public school performance. Currently,
homeschool students only receive a UPI if they were previously
enrolled in a public school, take public school courses, take the
state assessment test, or receive special education services from
their local public school district. In order to qualify for federal
grants, Senate Bill 503 has been introduced to allow this database to
link a student's performance in public school with his or her
performance in preschool and college.

If passed, SB 503 would require all early childhood programs, local
school districts, and postsecondary institutions to request and
maintain a UPI for their students. Accordingly, homeschool students
who attend a New Hampshire postsecondary institution would be assigned
a UPI. SB 503 has passed the Senate and is currently in the House
Education Committee. The Committee will discuss the bill in executive
session tomorrow, May 4, at 10:00 a.m. Representatives Ingbretson,
Stiles, and Kurk, have drafted an amendment that would prevent
community colleges and state universities from assigning new UPIs for
enrolled homeschool, private school, and out-of-state students.

Please take action, as requested below, to protect the privacy of your


Please contact members of the House Education Committee by May 4, and
ask them to adopt the amendment proposed by Representatives
Ingbretson, Stiles, and Kurk. Please give them the following message
in your own words:

"Please support the amendment to Senate Bill 503 to protect the
privacy of New Hampshire private school students, homeschooled
students and students who received their education out of state.
Parents and children who opt out of public education should not be
subjected to such data collection. If this bill passes without the
amended language, students who never attended a public school would be
required to be assigned a unique pupil identifier. If the purpose is
to link public school performance with performance in preschool or
college, then there is no need for private or homeschooled students to
be issued a UPI."

Please find contact information for members of the House Education
Committee below:

Representative Emma Rous
Phone: (603)868-7030

Representative Judith Reever
Phone: (603)524-2644

Representative Charles Yeaton
Phone: (603)736-9087

Representative Judith Day
Phone: (603)964-1816

Representative Philip Harvey
Phone: (603)464-3678

Representative Paul Ingbretson
Phone: (603)989-3092

Representative Ralph Boehm
Phone: (603)424-2158

Representative Joseph Fleck
Phone: (603)522-6741

Representative Claire Clarke
Phone: (603)796-2268

Representative James O'Neil
Phone: (603)424-3059

Representative Kimberley Casey
Phone: (603)772-8506

Representative Nancy Stiles
Phone: (603)601-6591

Representative John Laurent
Phone: (603)399-7745
Email: N/A

Representative Rick Ladd
Phone: (603)443-1509

Representative Kimberly Shaw
Phone: (603)882-2845

Representative Rachel Burke
Phone: (603)755-3353
Email: N/A

Representative Pamela Price
Phone: (603)888-4774

Representative Karen Hutchinson
Phone: (603)434-9415

Representative Brien Ward
Phone: (603)444-6945

Thank you for your efforts to defend the privacy of homeschoolers.

Standing with you,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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