Home Education Advisory Council–HEAC

The Home Education Advisory Council (HEAC) meets monthly to discuss homeschooling issues. Established by RSA 193-A (home education law), the HEAC exists to carry out duties assigned to it by the Commissioner of Education, and to advise the Commissioner and State Board of Education about issues facing home educators in New Hampshire.
The Council –
includes representatives of:
homeschooling organizations in New Hampshire; currently NHHC (NH Homeschooling Coalition), CHENH (Christian Home Educators of NH), and CUHE (Catholics United for Home Education), Unschooling NH, and Seacoast Christian Home Educators, have representatives on the Council.
NH Legislature
NH Department of Education
NH School Boards Association
NH School Administrators Association (Superintendents)
NH Association of School Principals
Nonpublic Schools Advisory Council
meets in Concord monthly September through June
establishes common ground and maintains communication between education institutions and home educators
works to find solutions to problems before they escalate to the level of needing hearings, court, or legislative remedies
can hear grievances and make recommendations to the Commissioner
drafts language for Ed 315, Administrative Rules for Home Education, which clarify the details of RSA 193-A and have the force of law. The Council recommends rules changes to the NH Board of Education which approves them.

The Council gives New Hampshire homeschoolers a voice at the Department of Education, helps legislators on education committees understand the breadth and depth of home education, and allows us to participate in the rulemaking process. The council is also a way to allow home educators to understand the challenges faced by the state and school district officials who serve us. It provides an effective venue for solving problems that are difficult to solve at the local level.

In 2009 the House Education Committee tried to insert egregious language into RSA 193-A. Those bills were defeated in the legislature due to the action of 1,000+ homeschoolers who showed up at the State House to testify against it. At that point the Chair of the House Education Committee tried to insert the same language into Ed 315. It was due to the watchful eye of Council members that this subversion of the political process was avoided.

If you want to be informed of homeschooling issues and lend support to our representatives, attend a meeting. The HEAC meets on the second Thursday of the month, 3:30-5:00, room 15, Department of Education (there are no meetings in July and August). If you have questions about the HEAC, please contact the Chairman, George D’Orazio, (603) 623-3377, geolindor@gmail.com. Check http://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/school_improve/home_ed/heac.htm at the Department of Education website.  Visitors are not allowed to participate in Council discussion unless given special permission.