House Bill 545: Repealing the Department of Education's Rulemaking Authority for Home Education Programs

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Last Updated: June 18, 2012
House Bill 545: Repealing the Department of Education's Rulemaking Authority for Home Education Programs
Representatives Bates, Garcia, Ingbretson, Boehm, and Richardson and Senators Carson, Forsythe and Groen

HB 545 was retained by the education committee and placed in a study committee which met several times over the course of the interim and has drafted a proposed amendment which makes several changes to the current law.

1. The statement of purpose for the home education law is revised explicitly recognizing that it is the natural and fundamental right and duty of parents to educate their children as they see fit.

2. Rule-making authority remains with the State Board of Education but the Board must submit proposed changes to the homeschool to the Home Education Advisory Council (HEAC) for review and comment. Legislative members of HEAC would become nonvoting.

3. Home educators would only have to notify a participating agency once at the initiation of a home education program, upon withdrawal from public school, or upon moving into a school district.

4. Local school authorities are explicitly prohibited from adopting policies that are inconsistent or more restrictive than the statute or rules adopted by the State Board of Education.

5. The bill will be presented to the Senate for consideration.

HSLDA's Position:
Action Requested:
None at this time

01/24/2011     (House)     Introduced and referred to Education Committee
02/08/2011     (House)     Public Hearing: February 8, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. in Representative's Hall
02/08/2011     (House)     A subcommittee has been given two weeks to study the different homeschool bills and prepare one bill to recommend to the floor.
02/09/2011     (House)     Subcommittee Work Session: February 15, 2011, at 8:00 a.m. in Legislative Office Building (LOB) 207
02/09/2011     (House)     Subcommittee Work Session: February 17, 2011, at 8:00 a.m. in Legislative Office Building (LOB) 207
02/10/2011     (House)     Executive Session: February 24, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in LOB 207
02/24/2011     (House)     Retained by the Education Committee
08/17/2011     (House)     Subcommittee Work Session: September 6, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in LOB 207
08/17/2011     (House)     Subcommittee Work Session: September 13, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in LOB 207
10/18/2011     (House)     Executive Session: October 18, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in LOB 207
01/04/2012     (House)     The committee recommended passing the bill with an amendment (Amendment No. 2716h).
01/04/2012     (House)     Amendment No. 2716h(NT) Adopted, VV.
01/04/2012     (House)     Ought to Pass with Amendment No. 2716h(NT): MA VV
02/08/2012     (Senate)     Introduced in the Senate and referred to the Senate Education Committee
04/17/2012     (Senate)     Education Committee public hearing at 1:40 p.m. in LOB 103
05/04/2012     (Senate)     Executive Session
05/08/2012     (Senate)     Senate Education Committee recommended passing the bill with amendment No. 2012-2037s
05/16/2012     (Senate)     The Senate recommended passing the bill with amendments No. 2012-2037s and No. 2012-2247s
05/30/2012     (House)     House concurs with Senate Amendment No. 2012-2037s and No. 2012-2247s
06/06/2012     (Senate)     Enrolled (awaiting governor's signature)
06/18/2012     (House)     Signed By Governor 06/13/2012; Effective 08/12/2012


The initial version of House Bill 545 would have completely repealed the New Hampshire Board of Education's rulemaking authority for home education programs.

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Amendment No. 2716h >>

Amendment No. 2012-2237s >>

Amendment No. 2012-2247s >>

Listen to Mike Donnelly’s testimony on HB545 >> (time stamp at 1:29:20)