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2/1/2012 4:43:49 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Take Action NOW to Defend Homeschool Freedom

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Take Action NOW to Defend Homeschool Freedom

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Please take action today to encourage the New Hampshire House
Education Committee to act favorably on HB 1571 at their executive
session on Thursday, February 2, 2011. The Education Committee's
executive session is open to the public and is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
in Legislative Office Building Room 207.

HB 1571 is sponsored by Representative J.R. Hoell of
Merrimack-District 13 and 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. The bill also repeals 193-A:7 and
A:8, which provide for a "due process hearing" and permits an order
terminating a homeschool program following a due process hearing.

HSLDA supports due process rights for homeschoolers, but by
eliminating these two sections of 193-A, HB 1571 removes the authority
of the commissioner of education to terminate a home education
program, authority which has virtually never been used in New
Hampshire. If HB 1571 were passed homeschoolers would still have due
process protections if their home education was questioned by
authorities.

New Hampshire is among the more regulated states for homeschoolers,
and we believe that this legislation is a reasonable and legitimate
attempt to bring New Hampshire homeschool regulations in line with
more mainstream practices among the states.

We also want to let you know that at the public hearing on HB 1571 on
January 25 the only person to testify against the bill was Assistant
Majority Leader Shawn Jasper on behalf of the majority office of the
House. In his testimony Representative Jasper defended his opposition
to changing the law by saying parents could not be relied on to
properly assess their children. During his testimony he said that
because homeschool parents were not certified teachers it was
legitimate to require that they still assess their children every year
and send those assessments to someone else for oversight. He said
that it is the state's responsibility to protect children and to give
them the "best education we can."

I was shocked to hear that the majority office of the House opposed
this common sense bill that would increase freedom and recognize the
natural right of parents to direct their child's education. When I
told Representative Jasper that I was deeply disappointed with his
testimony, he told me that homeschool parents should have to "prove
they are doing a good job."

We think that the leadership of the New Hampshire House should hear
from homeschoolers in New Hampshire on this issue. Regardless of how
you feel about HB 1571, Representative Jasper's comments are like
those used by then-House Education Chair Emma Rouse and Representative
Judith Day who sought to impose draconian new regulations on
homeschoolers through HB 367 and 368 in 2009. These sentiments need
to be opposed, so we are asking you to send a message to the majority
leader and Representative Jasper regarding his comments.


Action Requested:

1. Please contact members of the House Education Committee and
encourage them to support this bill. You can email each member of the
committee by using the following email address:
~HouseEducationCommittee@leg.state.nh.us:

Consider giving them the following message in your own words:

"Please support HB 1571, which simplifies home education reporting
requirements and improves freedom for homeschoolers in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire parents have demonstrated they can be relied on to
provide an excellent education without burdensome state-directed
oversight. Furthermore, by removing the commissioner's authority to
hold a hearing and terminate a home education program, authority which
has virtually never been used in New Hampshire, HB 1571 recognizes the
natural and fundamental right of parents to determine and direct their
children's education."

2. Contact the majority leader and Representative Jasper and share
with them your thoughts about House majority office opposition to
increasing homeschool freedom. It's important that we refute the idea
that parents should have to prove they are doing a good job and that
they should be certified teachers or else they can't be trusted to
assess their children without oversight.

Consider giving them the following message (please be as polite as
possible):

"I am greatly concerned to hear that the majority office opposed HB
1571 on the grounds that parents can't be trusted to assess their
children, must have state oversight and must prove they are doing a
good job. Parents have the natural fundamental right to direct their
children's education. While the state may set up public schools,
parents who opt out of public education are responsible for their
children's education, not the state. The majority office should
retract these comments and should stand for less government and in
favor of increased freedom - not against it."


Majority Leader David Bettencourt
betts24@gmail.com
(603) 271-3665

Shawn Jasper
shawn.jasper@leg.state.nh.us
(603)595-9621

Without your support we could not stand for freedom in New Hampshire!
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 now at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13431

Very truly yours,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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