Originally Sent: 5/22/2013
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Reminder: Lawsuit Update
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Dear HSLDA Members,
As the “official” school year draws to a close for many, we at HSLDA want to thank you for your support through membership with HSLDA. Your membership allows us to defend you, your family, and the greater homeschooling movement from unreasonable interference from the government.
I would also like to remind you of changes to New Hampshire’s law that were enacted at the start of this school year. Last June, the legislature passed HB 545 and HB 1571 that provided for one-time notification and removed the requirement to submit end-of-year assessments to your participating agency.
New Hampshire law still requires an assessment to be conducted at the end of the year. However, there is no legal requirement that the assessment be submitted to the participating agency. Homeschoolers have several assessment options including standardized testing, a portfolio evaluation, or an alternative agreed upon by the parents and the participating agency.
Tuition Tax Credit Case
Here is an update on the New Hampshire tuition tax credit case. HSLDA submitted an amicus brief on April 5, 2013 in defense of New Hampshire’s Scholarship Tuition Tax Credit law which provides for up to $750 in scholarships for homeschooled students. The ACLU filed against the law alleging that it violates the state constitution’s prohibition against government funding for religion. Argument in the case was held on April 26. The case is likely heading for the New Hampshire Supreme Court regardless of the outcome.
Interestingly, data shows that of the approximately 700 applicants for scholarships nearly 20% are homeschoolers. HB 370, which would have repealed the law, was passed out of the House but on April 18 the bill was laid on the table. Although the bill could technically be taken up again at any time, it is expected that the session will end with the bill on the table—which effectively kills the bill. HSLDA will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed.
Thank you for your support of homeschooling freedom in New Hampshire!
Very truly yours,
Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Your HSLDA Staff Attorney
P.S. 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? Your support enables us to defend individual families and protect homeschooling freedom for all. Join now >>
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