NH Supreme Court Overrules Parent on Homeschooling

On March 17 2011 the NH Supreme Court refused to overturn a lower court ruling and forced a homeschooled child to attend public school, something which neither the child nor her mother wanted.

The ruling dates backs to a 2009 custody dispute where the non-custodial parent, the child’s father, wanted his daughter to attend public school rather than be homeschooled.  The lower court had ruled that it was in the “child’s best interest” for her to attend public school because, according to the Judge, the child’s “vigorous defense of her religious beliefs to [her] counselor suggests strongly that she has not had the opportunity to seriously consider any other point of view.”  It’s worth noting that the child tested academically above her peer group and was socially interactive, as the court noted in the 2009 case.  Despite that, this Judge, Lucinda V. Sadler, argued that lack of religious diversity in the child’s education justified forcing her into public school.

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