New Hampshire Homeschooling Resources
|TO:||New Hampshire State Board of Education|
|FROM:||Elaine Rapp, Chair, Home Education Advisory Council|
|DATE:||December 1, 2001|
|RE:||Home Education Advisory Council Annual Report|
The Home Education Advisory Council has been in existence for 11 years since
its statutory inception, Chapter 279:3 Laws of 1990 effective July 1, 1990.
A list of the current members is attached.
Joyce Johnson, Bureau Administrator for School Approval, is the contact
person at the NH DOE for home education; Angie LeBel is the Home Education
Program Assistant. In addition, there are several home schooling state
organizations and many local groups that offer guidance and support to home
schoolers on complying with the home education law and in implementing home
Data on Number of Home Schooled Students
As of November 27, 2001, home education enrollment statistics for 2001-2002
for New Hampshire are as follows. It should be noted that this is a
preliminary count that has not been checked for accuracy.
Total Number of Students: 3,322 public +137 DOE + 430 non-public = 3,889
| ||Elementary K - 6|| ||2,100|
| ||Middle 7-8|| ||637|
| ||Secondary 9-12|| ||585|
| ||Total|| ||3,322|
| ||Elementary 1 - 8|| ||360|
| ||Secondary 9-12|| ||70|
| ||Total|| ||430|
|Department of Education:||137|
3,232 students Nov. 30, 2000, enrollment statistics for the 2000-2001 school
3,895 students June 30, 2001, final count for the 2000-2001 school year.
The home education law (RSA 193-A) provides an alternative school attendance
assignment under compulsory attendance (RSA 193:1). It should be noted that
in the 11 years since the enactment of RSA 193-A, problems encountered
between individuals and participating agencies have been limited attesting
to the effectiveness of the law and the Council's participation in an
ongoing dialogue with the Department of Education.
The Council was enacted under RSA 193-A with the intent that it functions as
advisory to the Department of Education and the Commissioner. Among its
duties, the Council works with the DOE in promoting communication between
educators and home schoolers. It also provides guidance in establishing a
mutual understanding of the intent and implementation of the home education
law and rules pertaining to home education programs. The Council also
reviews upcoming legislation that may contain language affecting home
education but does not promote a position on such legislation.
Last summer, the DOE again sponsored my attendance for one day at the
Franklin Pierce Law Center Education Law Institute. This opportunity allows
me to attend any specific home education presentations at the Institute, as
well as maintain contact with educators and issues affecting home education.
Should you have questions or comments relative to Council meetings,
information contained in this report, or home education in general, please
do not hesitate to contact me.
|Attachments:|| Home Education Advisory Council Membership List|
|Prepared by:||Elaine Rapp, HEAC Chair|
Angie LeBel, Program Assistant II
Joyce Johnson, NH Department of Education
101 Pleasant St. Concord NH 03301
Document source: New Hampshire Department of Education, email.
10 Jan 2002
2002 Daniel E. Watts.
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