Home-School Parents Speak Out Against Oversight Bill, 15 April 2008, WMUR, Manchester, New Hampshire
A bill being considered by a House committee would require parents to submit a one-page plan for a home-school student’s first year of education. Supporters said it’s intended to keep children from falling through the cracks.
“To have that initial year be a planning stage, it allows communication between the district and the parents,” said Roberta Tenney of the Department of Education.
From reading the New Hampshire requirements at the New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition website, apparently “communication” between parents and a state entity already exists, at least on paper.
Under this law, parents or legal guardians who wish to homeschool their child(ren) are required to:
Contact a participating agency (in most cases, the local school superintendent or a participating private school ) of their intent to homeschool.
Most homeschoolers use their local school district as the participating agency. Many nonpublic schools make themselves available to homeschoolers to use as a participating agency. This private school does not need to be in your area. Typically, nonpublic schools that are willing to act as the participating agency charge a fee for this service, which may or may not include access to the nonpublic school’s curriculum, classes or other activities, and/or participation in the school’s testing/evaluation programs.