Home schooling has risen in NH – at least while reporting figures was required By David Brooks
While the number of home-school students remains relatively small – roughly 3 percent
of New Hampshire students are home-schooled, similar to estimates for the national average – it’s growing fast in New Hampshire.
Or, rather, it was growing fast in New Hampshire through last year. How it’s doing in 2013 is hard to say, because New Hampshire no longer requires home-schooling families to file annual reports.
The Nashua Telegraph reports on the homeschooling increase tracked up to 2012. Since freeing New Hampshire homeschool bills passed a couple of years ago, an annual report isn’t required of parents and notification is only necessary at the start of homeschooling or upon moving away.
The Telegraph also noted concerns of the New Hampshire chairwoman of the Home Education Advisory Council. From homeschooler, Amy Gall:
The result is something of an information vacuum, Gall said.
“Superintendents have to sign off on the certification of the number of home-schooling students in their district, but they’re in kind of a sticky situation,” Gall said. “The students who suddenly stop attending school – are they home schooling under a different participating agent? … Students who home-schooled last year, if they don’t (attend school this year), where are they?”
It makes one wonder if anyone associated with a dot gov organization, as Ms. Gall is, will always worry about where homeschoolers are and what they are doing. Even if they homeschool themselves.
New Hampshire homeschool advocate Doris Hohensee commented on the article, as did other homeschoolers:
Keep in mind that Amy Gall does NOT represent NH homeschoolers. She was APPOINTED by the NH Department Commissioner of Education because she supports increased REGULATION of homeschooling. It’s too bad Gall does not understand that homeschooling was NOT “horribly difficult” in the ’80s. There was no state-APPOINTED board lobbying for increased regulation of homeschooling in the ’80s, so things were considerably better.
A rebuttal to the article was posted here.