Originally Sent: 11/8/2013

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Dear New Hampshire Members and Friends,

The New Hampshire Board of Education is scheduled to vote on rules that could require psychological testing of children that is not protected by privacy laws. On November 21, the Board is considering the final draft of the Minimum Standards Rules, Ed. 306 which includes provisions to establish Comprehensive School Psychological Services.

Under recently modified FERPA rules—specifically modified to allow for Common Core implementation—services like this may not be considered confidential. This is true especially if such information were to end up in third-person databases like inBloom, the national student database system most often associated with Common Core.

HSLDA believes that parents have a fundamental right to make decisions regarding the care their child receives and the right to protect the privacy of their children and family. Your action is needed to contact the school board to make certain that no psychological testing is ever required by law and that no records are kept without the informed consent of the student’s parents.

These rules could impact homeschool students who are part-time or dual-enrolled in public or post-secondary classes. But all parents should stand together to protect this fundamental right.

Will you help us by contacting the State Board today?

Action Requested

Please contact the members of the Board of Education and urge them to ensure the right to informed parental consent for Comprehensive School Psychological Services. Because this issue affects all parents, there is no need to specifically identify yourself as a homeschooler. In your own words, give your senator the following message:

“I am calling about the proposed Comprehensive School Psychological Services proposed in the Minimum Standards Rules, Ed. 306. Under educational privacy guidelines established in FERPA, the use of these services may not be protected as confidential and could be provided to third-party databases. Without informed consent of the parents, these services threaten the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children and the right to protect the privacy of their family. Please ensure that the proposed standards require that these services must only be provided with the informed consent of parents.”

The contact information for the board members is as follows:

Tom Raffio, Chairman
57 Bow Bog Road
Bow, NH 03304
Home (603) 715-2750
Office (603) 223-1300

Gregory Odell
434 Harriman Road
Dalton, NH 03598
(603) 444-1465

Cindy C. Chagnon
12 Carriage Lane
Bedford, NH 03110
(603) 472-8029

Emma Rous
50 Adams Point Road
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 868-7030

Gary Groleau
15 Carriage Lane
Laconia NH 03246
(603) 524-6440 Home
(603) 524-0004 Office

James C. Schubert
975 Ocean Boulevard No. 8
Hampton, NH 03843

Helen G. Honorow
46 Raymond Street
Nashua, NH 03064
(603) 598-8433

Thank you for all your work in defending parental freedom!

Live Free or Die!

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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