Homeschool Art Show a Huge Success

In early April Granite State Home Educators hosted their first annual art show at the Marion Gerrish Community Center in Derry. Over 50 pieces were submitted by more than a dozen artists. The children, families, and guests all said it was a big success and look forward to holding another art show next year. The Read More

No Child Should Be Left Behind

Each child is unique and a one-size-fits-all approach to learning cannot accommodate every individual. Families know their children best and should be empowered with options for the best fit education that works for them. Wealthy and well-connected families already have these options. What about our responsibility to those children who don’t fit the traditional model Read More

Time to Empower Families re Testing

Great news! The Senate Education Committee gave HB 1744, a bill that will break the testing stranglehold on our students and teachers, a favorable Ought to Pass recommendation. The bill now advances for a full vote in the Senate when they meet on Thursday, April 19th. See below for more details and contact information. This Read More

Schedule for Week of April 2, 2018

Two of our important school choice bills have action this week. The first, HB 1744, a bill that empowers families with the ability to refuse their children’s participation in statewide assessments, has a public hearing in the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday, April 3rd at 9:30am. Read more below. And SB 193, the Education Savings Read More

End Testing’s Stranglehold

HB 1744, a bill that will break the testing stranglehold on our students and teachers, will have a public hearing in the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday, April 3rd at 9:30am . This is an important school choice bill because parents – not the state – should direct their children’s education. It is also important Read More

School Spending Data Show Why Education Savings Accounts Should Not Trigger Property Tax Hikes

A new report released yesterday by the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy and EdChoice shows that New Hampshire public school spending and staffing increased much more rapidly from 1992-2014 than student enrollment did, and the staffing increase came overwhelmingly in non-teaching positions. The study also calculates that of the $16,205 in per-pupil revenue New Hampshire Read More

Schedule for Week of March 26, 2018

Our top bills are not scheduled this week so it is a good time to continue reaching out to the House Finance Committee and your state reps, urging them to expand eligibility for the Education Savings Account bill, SB 193. There is another work session on Thursday, April 4th; details below. We are fully into Read More

Districts Ask More of Homeschoolers

Increasingly we hear from homeschoolers that local districts are requesting information that is not required in statute. While it is important to correctly file an initial Letter of Intent and let Participating Agencies know if the family moves or ends their home ed program, no additional communication or information is mandatory. In summer 2017 we Read More

Family Profile: Homeschooling and Beyond

From time to time we will share stories about New Hampshire children who lives are impacted by educational opportunities. We recently asked home educating families to send us their stories – what makes homeschooling important to them and how it impacts their lives. For many families, homeschooling is not only about providing an education for Read More

Schedule for Week of March 19, 2018

We are fully into “crossover” when the House and Senate trade surviving bills for another round of public hearings and exec sessions. None of our top-priority bills have public hearing this week, but we anticipate they will soon. Stay tuned! Below is the upcoming schedule for the next couple weeks; we include our analysis and Read More

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