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8/30/2011 2:46:11 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Say This: Reform New Hampshire Homeschool Law

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Say This: Reform New Hampshire Homeschool Law

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends

A House education subcommittee will meet September 6, 2011, to discuss
recommendations to the full education committee for reforming New
Hampshire's home education law. Last year's controversy surrounding
changes to the homeschool law resulted in all homeschool-related bills
being assigned to a subcommittee for review. HSLDA supports HB 301,
sponsored by Representative Jim Parison, father of six, longtime New
Hampshire homeschooler and former president of the Christian Home
Educators of New Hampshire (CheNH). We believe that HB 301 will
significantly improve the homeschooling climate in New Hampshire by
eliminating unnecessary bureaucracy including recordkeeping, annual
notification and annual assessment requirements.

House Bill 301 creates a careful legislative framework to protect you
from unwanted encounters with social workers, truancy officers and
other state officials. Under HB 301, homeschoolers would file a simple
one-time notification with a participating agency for each child. HB
301 removes the Department of Education (DOE) from involvement in
homeschooling, which means no more complicated or "extra" rules. HB
301 removes the state's authority to challenge parents with
educational neglect, terminate a home education program or force
children to attend a school.

It is possible that because of controversy between the various
approaches to reforming New Hampshire's homeschool law, lawmakers may
choose not to recommend any of the significant bills for favorable
consideration. Should this be the case, HSLDA suggests that
homeschoolers support HB 545, authored by Representative David Bates,
which removes the Department of Education's oversight role over
homeschoolers.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact the members of the education subcommittee and ask them
to support HB 301. Please consider giving them the following message
in your own words.

"HB 301 is a well-designed approach to reforming the New Hampshire
homeschool law. It creates a careful legislative framework where
homeschoolers would complete a simple one-time notification for each
child. HB 301 removes the Department of Education (DOE) overseeing
homeschooling and protects families from unwarranted government
intrusion. The bill is superior to other alternatives because it
doesn't change the compulsory attendance law, but rather changes the
homeschooling statute. Please send HB 301 to the full committee with
an 'ought to pass' recommendation. However, should you choose not to
act on significant reform of the homeschool law, please pass David
Bates' bill that eliminates the DOE's oversight of homeschoolers."

Contact information for members of the subcommittee:

Representative Laura Jones
Phone: (603) 948-2264
Email: laurajonesnh@gmail.com

Representative Joseph Fleck
Phone: (603) 522-6741
Email: joseph.fleck@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Barbara Shaw
Phone: (603) 626-4681
Email: beshaw3@comcast.net

Representative Joseph Pitre
Phone: (603) 755-2447
Email: jpitre@metrocast.net

Thank you for your support of homeschooling freedom in the Granite
State! It is a privilege to serve you!

Michael P Donnelly, Esq.
Your HSLDA attorney

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