Category: 2018 Legislation

Slow Progress for HEAC and Educational Neglect Bill

The Home Education Advisory Council (HEAC) held their bi-monthly meeting on Thursday, November 9th and made progress on several operational issues. We were again present and recorded their discussion; it is in six segments and published on our YouTube channel. 2017 November HEAC meeting part 1 2017 November HEAC meeting part 2 2017 November HEAC meeting Read More

Legislator’s Response to Homeschool Bill

A bill hostile to homeschool freedoms, House Bill 1263, is expected early in the 2018 NH legislative session. It is sponsored by Representatives Robert Theberge, Yvonne Thomas, Larry Laflamme, and Edith Tucker and seeks to reinstate the pre-2012 evaluation requirements. The proposed bill would require home educating families to submit their year-end assessments to their Read More

Moving Educational Freedom Forward

In a split decision, the House Education Committee passed an amended version of the Education Savings Account bill, SB 193. The 10 to 9 Ought to Pass as Amended (OTP/A) decision saw Democrats and Republicans on both sides of the vote; Rep. Barbara Shaw (Manchester) was a swing Democrat and Republican Reps. Bob Elliott (Salem) Read More

Hostile Homeschool Bill Confirmed

Last week David Solomon, a reporter with the Union Leader, contacted us about Representative Robert Theberge’s filed bill about homeschool evaluations, House Bill 1263. He confirmed through one of the co-sponsors that the intent is to reinstate the pre-2012 annual reporting requirements; meaning home ed families would need to submit their year-end evaluations to their Read More

Failing Our Students

NH can do better by our students by empowering families with more educational opportunities. The New Hampshire Department of Education released the 2017 Smarter Balanced Assessment results earlier this week. Like many other Common Core (aka College and Career Readiness Standards) states, proficiency scores slipped in English and Math across grades three through eight. Elementary Read More

An Escape from Bullying

Children cannot learn when they are in an unsafe environment and bullying is a major reason why families seek educational options. Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) would give families an escape hatch. In the last several days videos were published showing two fights between students at Salem High School. An Eagle Tribune article states that three Read More

Upcoming Homeschool Legislation

To date one draft bill regarding home education is filed for 2018. It is Legislative Service Request (LSR) #2329 with Rep. Robert Theberge as the primary sponsor and Representatives Yvonne Thomas, Larry Laflamme, and Edith Tucker as co-sponsors. Note that all of these Representatives received failing grades in our 2017 Report Card. At this time Read More

ESAs Create More Opportunities

Over the last several months we have continued to work on the Education Savings Account (ESA) bill, SB 193, which was retained by the House Education Committee. A subcommittee met multiple times and must present a decision to the entire committee by early November before the legislature resumes business in early 2018. Much like health Read More