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    Filed at 9:21 am under by dcobranchi

    Bad sausage law in the making?

    G. HOME SCHOOL PARENTS MUST PROVIDE CURRICULUM, NOTIFICATION: HB337 would require parents who home school their children to submit a one-time educational plan – fulfilling the state-required curriculum for an adequate education – when they first start home schooling, and to notify school districts each year before they start to home school, instead of up to 30 days afterwards, as allowed by current law. Supporters said they are worried that a minority of parents might be using the home schooling law to avoid compulsory education laws. Opponents said most parents who home school their kids are doing an excellent job, so why scare them away with excessive curriculum requirements?

    The Senate PASSED the bill, 14-10, on March 13 onto the House. A YES vote FAVORED the requirements.

    3 Responses to “HEADS UP: NH”

    Comment by
    March 31st, 2008
    at 7:13 am

    Yeah, this is in NH. I’m on a couple of NH homeschool email lists, and some folks are organizing like crazy. In the senate, the vote was straight down party lines: Dems voted in favor, Repubs voted against.

    It was only a couple of years ago that NH relaxed their requirements a little. Apparently, what’s driving this bill is the complaint from schools that kids who are taken out of school and homeschool for only one year come back to school “behind,” putting pressure on the schools to catch them up.

    NH unschoolers are hopping mad – the last thing they want is to have to follow the state’s curriculum, obviously.

    Comment by
    March 31st, 2008
    at 10:33 pm

    I see that Lynx over at One-sixteenth ( see the Blogroll) has a post about a newly proposed Michigan homeschool law.

    What is it with sudden spring of Legislators looking to count the homeschoolers??? Do we look like Easter Eggs or something?

    Comment by
    March 31st, 2008
    at 10:51 pm

    Tis the season in CT as well. We had a good bill raised in the Children’s Committee, with lots of support and no opposition at the public hearing.
    It would have mandated that districts accept a certified return receipt letter as notice of withdrawal. (It turns out it’s not just homeschoolers having a problem with this either)

    The Education Committee chairs decided to totally change it, with no public hearing. Plenty of opposition, both public write in and legislative. We’re in the midst of working to move it back to the language that passed the Children’s Committee as it goes to the state senate.

    State government and civics are among the subjects of instruction mandated by law here. I could do without the in depth look at the way laws are made and the way some legislators treat the public.

    Sausages anyone?