Homeschoolers Flood the State House

An estimated 600 homeschool supporters turned out yesterday afternoon to oppose HB 1263, a bill that would roll-back the annual reporting requirement. Nearly every seat in Rep Hall was taken, the anteroom and upstairs gallery were filled, and families spilled out into the hallway. The Sargent at Arms limited who could enter the chamber, leaving Read More

Manifest Educational Hardship, a Needed Release-Valve

Families are the ones best positioned to know if a situation presents a hardship for their children. Often times, families seek options when they have concerns regarding academic fit and safety. Unfortunately, most cases of Manifest Educational Hardship (MEH) brought before local school boards are denied. Of all the cases appealed to the state Board Read More

Family Profile: Putting Pieces Together

We are honored several New Hampshire families have shared their stories about what educational options mean to them as part of our Family Profile series. This profile is from a single mom, a widow, who needed alternatives for her bright daughter. She managed to put the pieces together at a private school and today supports Read More

Family Profile: He Loves His School

We are fortunate to have many families reach out to us with their experiences regarding educational options. They are part of our Family Profile series. This week is recognized as National School Choice Week. Since its beginning in 2011, there have been more than 58,000 events across the country and around the world. New Hampshire Read More

Schedule for Week of January 22, 2018

January is the most intense month when nearly all our bills have public hearings. There are three of particular note – HB 1263 would reinstate the annual reporting of homeschool year-end evaluations; HB 1492 expands Manifest Educational Hardship to consider the impact on students; and HB 1650 removes education from the purview of DCYF. These Read More

Children are More Than Test Scores

The House Education Committee recently held a public hearing on HB 1744, a bill that would empower parents with the ability to refuse their children’s participation in statewide assessments. No one spoke against the bill. The committee has not voted on it yet, but may soon. There is still time to contact committee members; their Read More

Homeschooling Is Not Neglect

Join us to SUPPORT House Bill 1650 that would level the playing field for homeschoolers facing truancy and educational neglect charges. Homeschooling is neither abuse nor neglect and should not be investigated as such. The bill will have a public hearing in the House Child & Family Law Committee on Tuesday, January 30th at 2:00pm Read More

Family Profile: A Child with Special Needs Thrives in a Private School

This is part of our Family Profile series that features NH families that utilize educational opportunities for their children. This story comes from Sasha Levin, a New Hampshire father of a child with special needs. Sasha shared his son’s experience in a NH-based Facebook group for families with special needs children in response to discussions Read More

Schedule for Week of January 15, 2018

The 2018 session is well underway with a full slate of hearings in multiple committees. We are monitoring several bills and those will include our analysis and recommendations. As a courtesy, we list additional bills and meetings relevant to education issues. Of particular note this week is the House Finance Committee’s public hearing for the Read More

Break the Testing Stranglehold

HB 1744, a bill that will break the testing stranglehold on our students and teachers, will have a public hearing in the House Education Committee on Thursday, January 18 at 10:45am. This is an important school choice bill because parents – not the state – should direct their children’s education. It is also important to Read More

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