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5/10/2010 1:46:15 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire - More Action Needed to Protect Privacy

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New Hampshire - More Action Needed to Protect Privacy

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The House Education Committee met in executive session last week, and
a majority of the committee recommended passing Senate Bill 503 with
amendments. The bill is scheduled to be heard by the full House of
Representatives on Wednesday, May 12.

If passed, this bill would require postsecondary institutions to
request and maintain a Unique Pupil Identifier (UPI) for all students
enrolled in their respective schools. The House Education Committee
amended the bill to allow parents of children in early education
programs to deny consent to participate and to improve the bill's
privacy protections. However, the bill still affects homeschoolers
who enroll in post secondary institutions by requiring these
institutions to request a UPI.

Representative Ingbrestson and others have drafted an amendment which
we support that will explicitly prohibit postsecondary institutions
from obtaining a UPI for any student who does not already have a UPI.
This would protect the privacy of homeschool students, private school
students, and out-of-state students who were not previously entangled
with the public school system.

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


ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact your representative by May 11, and give the following
message in your own words:

"Please support amending Senate Bill 503 to add more protections for
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 will be
required to be assigned a unique pupil identifier. If the purpose of
this bill is to link public school performance to performance in
preschool or college, then there is no need for private or
homeschooled students to be assigned a UPI."

Because this bill will affect many privately educated students, it is
not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler. To find your
representative visit www.hslda.org/toolbox .

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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