Superintendents Make Up New Rules to Fix Pet Peeves
by Mike Donnelly • May 29, 2018
New Hampshire homeschool families know firsthand that freedom must be vigilantly guarded.
Earlier this year, the homeschooling community turned out in overwhelming opposition to legislation based on one superintendent’s misguided opinion that homeschooling is under-regulated. Legislators listened to their constituents, and House Bill 1263, which would have expanded homeschool regulation, was defeated in committee.
But misunderstanding of homeschool law reaches to the offices of public school superintendents across the state—and this is especially evident when a new one comes to town. HSLDA recently wrote to two New Hampshire superintendents who were asking homeschool families to provide more information than the law requires.
Staff at the office of one new superintendents insisted that a homeschool mother provide her children’s birth certificates in order to register them with the local public schools. When this member contacted HSLDA about the district’s demands, we sent a letter to the superintendent to clarify that homeschooled students are not registered in the local schools.
Since the district already had the family’s notice of intent on file, the family did not need to send anything else.
In a letter to homeschooling families, another district complained that “for the past two years, we are seeing a trend in parents and guardians changing their decisions and not sharing their decisions with the school district.” To remedy this, the district requested families to fill out a “permanent home school record” form.
HSLDA again pointed out that New Hampshire law does not require families to fill out any such form. In addition, a family may choose to notify a nonpublic school principal rather than the public school superintendent.
Our New Hampshire member families have not been further harassed since HSLDA contacted these districts. Whether it’s at the state or town level, HSLDA’s mission is to make homeschooling possible for our families and the whole community.
Join us today in protecting the homeschool freedoms we all enjoy!
Staff Attorney, Director of Global Outreach
Mike is an attorney, writer, adjunct professor of government, and frequent media spokesperson on homeschooling, freedom, and parental rights. Read more.