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NH House reconsiders, passes school material bill

January 4, 2012
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CONCORD, N.H.—The New Hampshire House has reconsidered and passed a vetoed bill that allows parents to object to school course materials and request using alternatives.

The House failed in September to override Gov. John Lynch's veto of the bill. The House voted 255-112 Wednesday to send the bill to the Senate.

Under the bill, the school district and parents would have to agree on an alternative plan for the child to meet state requirements for education in the subject area. The change would be at the parents' expense.

Lynch objected in his veto message that the bill failed to clearly define what material would be objectionable. He also said it would be disruptive to classrooms and be difficult to administer.

Supporters argued parents should have the right to choose alternative materials.

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