Update on HB 603, the Parental Refusal Bill

On May 14, 2015, the New Hampshire senate passed House Bill 603, a bill that explicitly reinforces parents’ rights to refuse their children’s participation in assessments without penalty. This was a major victory because the Senate Education Committee’s Inexpedient to Legislate (ITL, or kill the bill) recommendation had to be overturned. The ITL motion failed in a roll call vote. Sen. Kevin Avard made the motion to pass the bill, which succeeded in a voice vote. To see the senate discussion, watch this video by Education Matters. HB 603 now advances to Governor Hassan’s office. She may allow it to pass into law with or without her signature, or veto the bill. Please contact her, asking her to respect parents’ rights to direct their children’s education. Below are suggested talking points.

Governor Maggie Hassan
(603) 271-2121
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For additional information, read Writing Parent’s Rights into Statute and Parents Can Refuse.