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HUGE VICTORY FOR HOMESCHOOLERS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
Homeschool Legal Defense Administration (HSLDA) ^ | January 13, 2010 | HSLDA

Posted on 01/13/2010 3:40:22 PM PST by Sopater

Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives resoundingly rejected a draconian homeschool proposal by voting 324–34 to maintain the current law. “Winning by such a significant margin is welcome relief for New Hampshire homeschool families,” said Mike Donnelly, staff attorney for HSLDA.

Rank and file Democrats joined Republicans to support homeschoolers when Democratic leaders did not oppose Education Chair Emma Rouse (D) and Representative Judith Day (D) from using House procedures to bring a vote to the floor of the whole House.

A bipartisan legislative study committee had already rejected the proposed new homeschool regulations by a vote of 14–6. The rejected proposal would have required that every homeschooled student be tested every year and a portfolio review be conducted for every student. Test scores would have been sent annually to the New Hampshire Department of Education who would also have been granted sweeping rule making authority.

“It was a real surprise when Democratic leaders collaborated to bring these major changes to the floor for a vote, especially since the very same proposal had already been soundly rejected by their own committee,” said Donnelly.

The victory was made possible by thousands of homeschool families from all over New Hampshire working diligently alongside HSLDA and Christian Home Educators of New Hampshire to educate their representatives about the threat to homeschool freedom.

Homeschool families participated in rallies, called their legislators, wrote letters, as well as walked the corridors of the state house to show their opposition.

“Thankfully, New Hampshire homeschoolers responded to the threat. It was an incredible effort by an amazing group of people,” said Donnelly.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: homeschool

1 posted on 01/13/2010 3:40:26 PM PST by Sopater
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To: metmom

Homeschool ping...


2 posted on 01/13/2010 3:40:59 PM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater

Would it be fair to thank the libertarians & Free Staters of NH for this (temporary) victory to a certain degree?


3 posted on 01/13/2010 3:43:45 PM PST by ChrisInAR (You gotta let it out, Captain!)
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To: Sopater

mark for later reading


4 posted on 01/13/2010 3:47:02 PM PST by free me (Sarah Palin 2012? You Betcha!)
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To: Sopater
The rejected proposal would have required that every homeschooled student be tested every year and a portfolio review be conducted for every student.

Required Home School Testing...by Public Schrool folk? BIZARRE!

Aren't these the people that banned red ink because it might make little Suzy cry? ......and the same folks that propose elimination of grades A thru F.....because grades make little Johnny "feel' inferior?

5 posted on 01/13/2010 3:49:41 PM PST by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: Sopater

Thousands of homeschoolers, huh? If the legislature passed that travesty of a bill, I would hope that thousands of homeschooling parents would decide on Friday afternoon that their homeschooling children should enroll en masse in the public schools of New Hampshire that following Monday. That would give the public school system a couple of days to figure out how to handle the influx.


6 posted on 01/13/2010 3:56:59 PM PST by goldi (')
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To: Sopater

Congratulations! The entire country will benefit from your hard work.


7 posted on 01/13/2010 3:58:23 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, islam will cover the earth with darkness for a thousand years.)
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To: Sopater

Yee haw! Glad to see homeschoolers are still making themselves heard. Reminds me of the good old days. :-)


8 posted on 01/13/2010 3:59:11 PM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: Sopater
Democratic leaders did not oppose Education Chair Emma Rouse (D) and Representative Judith Day (D) from using House procedures to bring a vote to the floor of the whole House.

It takes some serious political incompetence to force a floor vote on your pet bill when it's clearly going to get clobbered by an embarrassing margin.

9 posted on 01/13/2010 4:01:03 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Pining_4_TX

Are you a veteran from 1994’s HR6. I am :-D


10 posted on 01/13/2010 4:11:06 PM PST by rbbeachkid (The ONLY ones able to fix the economy - Small Business Owners!)
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To: rbbeachkid

Yes, we are. I still remember a Republican representative saying that if they ever wanted to receive a lot of calls on a bill, they would include “homeschooling” in the title. ;-)


11 posted on 01/13/2010 4:14:31 PM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: Sopater

Big Daddy doesn’t like it when some of his children are unruly.


12 posted on 01/13/2010 4:16:32 PM PST by YHAOS
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13 posted on 01/13/2010 4:21:40 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Sopater

Good news...


14 posted on 01/13/2010 4:23:42 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

LOL!


15 posted on 01/13/2010 4:37:00 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: Sopater

Excellent. We worked to get a similar bill from even coming before the WV state senate. We put so much pressure on the author of the bill that she pulled her support for her own bill LIVE on the Tom Roten morning show in Huntington. She was on the air with a rep from HSLDA.

She wanted to give us access to sports in PS. In exchange we would lose our portfolio option. Every student would have to test every year and if a student failed they had to enroll in public school. No remediation allowed, no private school allowed. Scary stuff that they think up.


16 posted on 01/13/2010 4:41:59 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: Sopater
These legislators aren't stupid. Mandatory testing and other harassing regulations will mean that a certain percentage of parents will choose not to homeschool. Each additional child in the government school **HURTS** the state budget.
17 posted on 01/13/2010 4:56:31 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid!)
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To: Mrs. P

I have a friend who’s daughter in NH has 10 or 11 children she has been homeschooling for the last 15 or so years. (while she also obtained a degree and ran a home business!) This is good news!


18 posted on 01/13/2010 6:56:21 PM PST by GILTN1stborn
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To: Sopater

BTTT


19 posted on 01/13/2010 7:03:42 PM PST by Edgewood Pilot
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To: Sopater

Don’t get me wrong. This is great and all but I wish we didn’t have to define victory as maintaining the status quo. The NH home school law is statist to begin with.


20 posted on 01/13/2010 10:10:18 PM PST by streetpreacher (Arminian by birth, Calvinist by the grace of God)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

I wonder what they do when a public schooled student fails their standard yearly test? Force the parents to home school them? That would actually make more sense!


21 posted on 01/13/2010 11:56:47 PM PST by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: Marie2

And lose the free babysitting?!?
Heaven forbid!


22 posted on 01/14/2010 6:13:01 AM PST by netmilsmom (I am Ilk)
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To: Marie2

That was actually a question we asked them OVER and OVER and OVER again. We also asked them, if the failed children go to public school and they are STILL failing, what do you do then, send them back to homeschool?


23 posted on 01/14/2010 7:16:04 AM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: MrB

Ping.

Thought you might be interested in this good news.


24 posted on 01/14/2010 7:19:20 AM PST by EyeGuy
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To: rbbeachkid
Are you a veteran from 1994’s HR6. I am :-D

Me too! :-)

25 posted on 01/14/2010 7:19:27 AM PST by aberaussie
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

I’d like to pin these people down with

“show me your evidence that justifies this law - show me where homeschooled kids are not meeting academic standards”

they can’t.

What they REALLY want is an “ideological” or “worldview” test. They can’t stand the idea that some kids are escaping humanist indoctrination.


26 posted on 01/14/2010 7:27:12 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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