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12/2/2011 11:01:54 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Homeschool Legislation Moves Forward

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Homeschool Legislation Moves Forward

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The New Hampshire legislative session is just around the corner, and
if it is anything like the past sessions, homeschoolers should prepare
to take action to advance homeschool freedom!

The House Education Subcommittee tasked with making recommendations
about New Hampshire's homeschool law has drafted an amendment to House
Bill 545 and recommended passing the bill as amended. While the
amendment to the bill no longer eliminates the State Board of
Education's rule-making authority completely, it does make several
positive changes:

1. The statement of purpose for the home education law is revised,
explicitly recognizing that it is the natural and fundamental right
and duty of parents to educate their children as they see fit.

2. Rule-making authority remains with the State Board of Education but
the Home Education Advisory Council (HEAC) would gain approval
authority over proposed rules. Legislative members of HEAC would
become nonvoting.

3. Home educators would only have to notify a participating agency
once, at the initiation of a home education program, upon withdrawal
from public school, or upon moving into a school district.

4. Local school authorities are explicitly prohibited from adopting
policies that are inconsistent with or more restrictive than the
statute or rules adopted by the State Board of Education.

HSLDA supports passage of the bill which will be considered during the
2012 session beginning January 4, 2012. You can view HSLDA's bill page
for HB 545 at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13014 .

HSLDA would also like to inform you of two other pieces of legislation
that have the potential to affect your rights and interests. These
bills are currently Legislative Service Requests (LSR), which means
the bill sponsor has reserved a title and place for the proposed bill,
but the official bill text has not yet been released or introduced.
LSR 2012-H-2778-R, proposed by Rep. J.R.Hoell, relates to the
"requirements for an annual educational evaluation of homeschooled
students," and LSR 2012-H-2607-L, proposed by Rep. Bettencourt,
relates to establishing an education tax credit.

HSLDA will keep you informed of the status of these bills as they
progress through the legislative process. We will also be scanning
hundreds of other bills and notifying you how they will affect your
freedom and what action we recommend taking to advance homeschooling
in New Hampshire. You can view HSLDA's bill page for these LSRs here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13014

Thank you for your strong support of homeschool freedom in the Granite
State. We look forward to serving you throughout another legislative
session and hope you enjoy a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.
If there's any way that we here at HSLDA can serve you, we hope that
you'll not hesitate to contact us. It's only because of your
membership support that we are able to continue to advance the cause
of homeschooling freedom.


Very truly yours,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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-> Extreme makeovers are for extreme circumstances...

Most homeschools don't need an extreme makeover, but there is
something to be said for attention to detail and recognition of
accomplishments. Watch the media and you'll soon see that not
everyone wants home educators and homeschooling to look good.
HSLDA works hard to shed light on the good work of home educators
so it's obvious that we don't need someone "making-over" our
homeschools. Join HSLDA and help us show the world that we're fine
as we are . . . thank you!

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1943

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