Defend Educational Opportunities for Low-Income Children

The tax-credit scholarship is facing multiple attacks in the legislature this year. The first one is HB 632 and is being fast-tracked to the House Ways and Means Committee, entirely skipping the Education Committee as is the usual protocol to first go to the policy committee. Although the public hearing is not scheduled yet, we Read More

Schedule for Week of January 14, 2019

Welcome to the start of the 2019 legislative session! The Senate and House education committees are beginning to schedule public hearings and there is a full calendar for the HEC. We are monitoring numerous bills this year and those will include our analysis and commentary. There are several bills regarding charter schools, cooperative district agreements, Read More

2019 Bills of Interest to Homeschoolers

There are a few bills this session that may be of interest to New Hampshire homeschoolers. We are tracking some of them, but want the community to be aware of the others. Thankfully there are no bills directly regarding home education this year. There are at least two bills filed against the tax-credit scholarship program. Read More

Some Don’t Want to Hear It

Some legislators don’t want to hear about educational opportunities that impact thousands of NH children. That’s their choice. They can choose to ignore what often matters a great deal to families. On New Year’s Eve we sent an email to all NH Senators and State Representatives welcoming them to the new biennium. The letter explained Read More

National School Choice Week 2019

Every year we celebrate educational opportunities with National School Choice Week! It is a cross-country series of independent events that spotlight the array of K-12 learning environments. It will begin January 20th and last through January 26th, 2019. It all began in 2011 and has noted over 58,000 events across the country! It is a Read More

Author Kerry McDonald Coming to NH

Save the date! Kerry McDonald, outspoken blogger for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) and Intellectual Takeout, policy advisor to the Heartland Institute, and author of the soon-to-be-published book titled “Unschooling: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom,” will give a talk about educational opportunities at the Nackey Loeb Communications School in Manchester on Tuesday, Read More

Home Education Rules Update

Over the summer, the Department of Education reviewed the home education statutes and rules in their preparation of a technical advisory regarding Participating Agencies. We alerted the department to widespread misunderstandings of districts and private schools regarding home education reporting requirements. This problem was exacerbated by sample policies provided by the NH School Board Association Read More

Educator-Parent Supports Options

Several weeks ago, we were contacted by a woman who sought educational options for her daughter who is experiencing relentless bullying at her local school. Even though she is an educator herself, the staff is unresponsive to the mom’s concerns and continues to place her daughter in stressful conditions. Children deserve to have their educational Read More

GSHE Picnic Fun for All

On a beautiful late September afternoon, Granite State Home Educators, a statewide homeschool support group, held their second annual Not Back to School picnic at a park in Manchester. Some estimated the crowd — a mix of parents, teens, and youngsters — at 250! The park was filled with children scampering over the playground equipment Read More

Tell Your Story

Families have unique stories about educational opportunities. Some children struggle in assigned schools that do not meet their needs. Even high-performing public schools may not be a good fit for individual children. Maybe it is a problem of academic fit, or perhaps bullying. Other families access options that work for their children, often at great Read More

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