NH Lawmakers Reject Homeschool Restriction Bill

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New Hampshire lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have restricted homeschooling in The Granite State.

This week, the statehouse voted 324-34 against expanding government control over homeschool families.

"Winning by such a significant margin is welcome relief for New Hampshire homeschool families," said Mike Donnelly, staff attorney for Home School Legal Defense Association.

The measure would have given the state new regulatory powers, requiring a government review of every home-schooled student.

The current law requires that parents provide yearly results of either the test or an evaluation of the student's portfolio, but not both. And parents who are certified or private school teachers can write their own evaluations.

"After studying this issue for several years I've gotten to know homeschoolers, the law, and how the system works and I'm convinced that it is working fine," Shaw said, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association. "There are no changes needed."

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