HB1382 (2012, failed) parents approval for alternative learning plans and returning a truant

posted Dec 11, 2011, 6:51 PM by Bill Duncan   [ updated Apr 2, 2012, 5:37 AM ]
Docket ITL by a voice vote

SPONSORS:James Parison , Paul Mirski,  Laura Jones, Charles Sova   Raymond White,  Sharon CarsonJames Forsythe

COMMITTEE: Education

ANALYSIS: This bill provides that an alternative learning plan for a child 16 years of age or older may be submitted to the child’s parent for approval. The bill also requires that a truant officer obtain a warrant or permission of a parent to return a child to school who is not complying with compulsory school attendance laws.

DNHPE Comment: Another attempt to dilute compulsory attendance requirements.  Here's a comment from ParentalRights that says it pretty clearly.

"Sponsored by Rep. Jim Parison, HB 1382 recognizes that the responsibility for a child's whereabouts and for a child's education ultimately reside with fit and loving parents. It would also allow parents to approve an alternative learning plan for children 16 and up, as a means to satisfy compulsory attendance laws without attending school. Current New Hampshire law allows for such alternative learning plans, but requires superintendent approval. HB 1382 will allow parents to simply register their student's plan with the district, streamlining the process and recognizing the parent's responsibility for the child's education."

2012-H-2429-R title: including parents in the approval process for alternative learning plans and requiring a truant officer to obtain a warrant or permission of a parent prior to returning a child to school.
Sponsors: (Prime)James Parison , Laura Jones, Raymond White, Paul Mirski, Sharon Carson, James Forsythe, Charles Sova