HB 1575 (2012, failed*) allowing a pupil to opt out of a course to engage in a parent-directed course

posted Dec 22, 2011, 2:58 PM by Bill Duncan   [ updated Mar 31, 2012, 4:12 AM ]
Docket (ITL, voice vote)

DNHPE Comment: This is a follow on to HB 542, extending the sponsor's vision of mini-private schools within the public schools.  But the important innovation here is that I have 8 whole courses to work with out of my high school career and, whatever I choose, must count toward graduation.  If my Mom and I decide that I should take Lawn Mowing 101, that'd be find.  And it'll count toward graduation! 

AN ACT relative to alternative course selections for certain pupils.

SPONSORS: Rep. Hoell, Merr 13; Rep. Pitre, Straf 3

COMMITTEE: Education

This bill allows a pupil to opt out of a course offered at a public or nonpublic school to engage in a parent-directed course.

This is a one paragraph bill, like many of Mr. Hoell's bills:

Parent-Directed Courses

189:65 Parent-Directed Courses. At the discretion of the pupil’s parent or guardian, a pupil in kindergarten through grade 12 may elect to opt out of any course offered in a public or nonpublic school in accordance with this section to engage in a parent-directed course under the supervision of a parent or other adult selected by the pupil’s parent who shall be responsible for the conducting the parent-directed course. A pupil in kindergarten through grade 8 may opt out of one academic course per school year to pursue a parent-directed course. A pupil in grades 9-12 may opt out of up to 2 academic courses per school year in order to pursue parent-directed courses. Any pupil who elects to opt out of a course under this subparagraph shall be placed in study hall, library, or other appropriate setting for the duration of the class period being waived. The selection of the parent-directed course and its content shall be at the discretion of the parent and shall not be subject to the approval of the school district superintendent or school principal. The course may include age-appropriate academic rigor and the flexibility to incorporate the pupil’s interests and manner of learning. These courses may include, but are not limited to, such components or combination of components of extended learning opportunities as independent study, private instruction, performing groups, internships, community service, apprenticeships, and on-line courses. A parent-directed course shall count toward the number of credits required for graduation. Neither the state nor the school district in which the pupil resides shall be liable for any costs associated with a parent-directed course under this section.

Here is a 1/25/12 NHPR story on this bill.

"The New Hampshire House is considering a plan to allow students replace any two public school courses with courses designed and taught by a parent or their designee.

"Under the bill, schools couldn’t veto subjects or teaching methods of parents but would have to grant students credits toward graduation. The measure’s sponsor, JR Hoell of Dunbarton, says the proposal affords parents a needed bit of freedom.

“Parents are taking a greater role in overseeing the academic progress of their children; the school system is taking a reduced role.”