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Author Topic: Divided House committee votes for constroversial, diluted homeschool bill  (Read 5335 times)

RidleyReport

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New Hampshire's robust homeschool community guts most aspects of a bill that would have further regulated them. But pieces of it survive by one vote. See what happens when I try to discuss the matter with reps who voted against homeschoolers, mostly Democrats.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=gCTlZzbbsXY
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Nice work Dave.  Do you intentionally engage in uh...politeness and non-cornering so as not to burn bridges at the state house?  I think you're right that you might possibly have succeeded in interviewing Rous if you had been more aggressive -- but at the same time you might develop a reputation around the state house as a reporter to be avoided, which would not be a useful reputation at all!
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Nice work Dave.  Do you intentionally engage in uh...politeness and non-cornering so as not to burn bridges at the state house?  I think you're right that you might possibly have succeeded in interviewing Rous if you had been more aggressive -- but at the same time you might develop a reputation around the state house as a reporter to be avoided, which would not be a useful reputation at all!

i dunno... i think i will not worry so much about burning bridges and will just start rolling on these guys more or less every time to record the fleeing process.
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And the full House passed this bill yesterday by twenty votes. >:(
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And the full House passed this bill yesterday by twenty votes. >:(

Denis believes there's a good chance this bill will be killed in conference committee with the senate, since it's so different from the version the senate passed.

Watching the house yesterday, I could not believe Rous's statements.  She got up there and claimed (with a straight face) that the homeschooling community -- the very people who showed up in droves to oppose her bill at the executive session last week -- supported the bill because it created a venue for dialogue with some study commission.  She lied, plain and simple.  It couldn't have been any clearer, and everyone in that chamber must have realized it.
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She lied, plain and simple.  It couldn't have been any clearer, and everyone in that chamber must have realized it.
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