New Hampshire homeschoolers can breath easier. On January 13, 2010, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted down a new law that would have brought undue and unnecessary restrictions/rules for homeschooling families. It was shot down 324 to 34!
A bipartisan committee had already shot the legislation down but some democrats, in a surprise move, brought it before the House for a vote.
Had the law passed, every homeschooled student would have to be tested every year. In addition, a portfolio would have to be kept and turned in for review. The test scores would have been sent to the New Hampshire State Education Department for review as well. They would have also been given the right to revamp the homeschooling rules as they saw fit.
This is a fantastic story to show a couple of points:
1. When we pull together as a group, we can affect change even in the government arena.
2. Even though it is legal to homeschool in all 50 states, we still have to keep vigilant and be ready to fight when the need arises.
It is great to report a win for homeschoolers!
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Written by: Susan Harris
Homeschool.com News Editor