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1/12/2012 4:51:37 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Freedom Alert: Let Freedom Reign--Victory for Homeschooling Freedom!

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Freedom Alert: Let Freedom Reign--Victory for Homeschooling Freedom!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The 2012 New Hampshire Legislature convened on January 4, 2012 and,
the House of Representatives voted to significantly improve New
Hampshire's homeschool law by passing an amended version of HB 545 by
a majority voice vote.

The bill adds language to the law that "It is the natural and
fundamental right and duty of parents to determine and direct the
education of their children." It also dramatically reduces the number
of times notification is required and gives more authority to the Home
Education Advisory Council ("HEAC"). Under HB 545 the State Board of
Education must obtain approval from HEAC for proposed rules. The bill
now moves on to the Senate. HSLDA congratulates all the homeschoolers,
homeschool organizations and legislators who worked hard to develop
this legislation.

Part of our mission at HSLDA is to keep you informed about legislation
that may affect you, and this year looks to be active with more
improvements on the way for homeschoolers and virtually no negative
legislation. We believe that the following bills will be of interest
to New Hampshire homeschoolers.

> HB 1571 changes the homeschool law to require parents to simply keep
a copy of an evaluation rather than having to send it to a
participating agency.
> HB 1440 provides for online driver education.
> HB 1607/SB 372 establishes an education tax credit.
> HB 1139 changes the unique pupil identification system for
homeschoolers requiring an opt-in instead of today's opt-out.
> HB 1162 establishes a committee to study the effects of compulsory
school attendance on children and families.
> HB 1360 requires the State Board of Education to submit proposed
rules to the House and Senate education committees for approval.
> HB 1536 prohibits the government from substantially burdening a
person's free exercise of religion.
> CACR 31 would amend the New Hampshire Constitution to explicitly
state that parents have the natural right to control the education of
their children..
> SB 272 makes truancy a violation for children 12 and older.

Please stay tuned for email action e-lerts and updates regarding the
status of these bills and how they may affect you. HSLDA supports most
of these bills and opposes SB 272. You can learn more about each bill
by visiting http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13298 .

HSLDA works with the Christian Home Educators of New Hampshire (CHENH)
and encourages you to support CHENH through membership and
participation in the annual statewide conference. CHENH is a valuable
partner, and together we work to preserve your freedoms. To learn
more about the CHENH and its upcoming annual convention, visit:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13299 .

We greatly value you and your support-- it is a privilege to serve
you! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you
consider taking a moment today to join or recommend us and support our
work defending individual families threatened by government officials
and protecting homeschooling freedom for all? Join today:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13300

Very truly yours,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1100

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