Schedule for Week of February 19, 2018

One school choice bill has a public hearing continued this week and several have executive sessions when committees will vote. It is critical to contact committee members about these bills before their decisions are made. Below is the upcoming schedule for the next couple weeks; we include our analysis and recommendations for priority bills. As Read More

Give Homeschoolers Fair Treatment

The House Children and Family Law Committee planned to continue the public hearing on HB 1650 re educational neglect on Tuesday, February 13th; however, because it did not appear in the House Calendar, it is rescheduled for Wednesday, February 21st, immediately before the committee will vote on the bill. This is unfortunate because the final Read More

Schedule for Week of February 12, 2018

Only one school choice bill has a public hearing continued this week; the rest are awaiting amendments and executive sessions. The pause allows us to advocate for our bills while committees deliberate and handle other business. Below is the upcoming schedule for the next couple weeks; we include our analysis and recommendations for priority bills. Read More

Level the Playing Field for Homeschoolers

The House Children and Family Law Committee recently held a public hearing on HB 1650, a bill that removes education-only investigations from the purview of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to the responsibility of the state Department of Education and local SAUs like other concerns regarding compulsory attendance. We testified in support Read More

Applying for ESAs

New Hampshire is closer to making Education Savings Accounts a reality. They are funds that children receive to designated accounts for specified educational purposes as directed by their families. Approved uses may include online classes, tutoring, textbooks, AP classes, assessments, special-needs services, dual-enrollment courses, private school tuition, homeschool expenses, and other education-related fees. Interested families Read More

Manifest Educational Hardship is Needed Relief

The House Education Committee recently held a public hearing on HB 1492, a bill that would respect families’ input and expand school boards’ options regarding Manifest Educational Hardship (MEH). It is already in statute (RSA 193:3) and often used by school boards to reassign children with severe special needs to private schools. We testified in Read More

Schedule for Week of February 5, 2018

All of our top-priority bills have held public hearings; now we wait for some amendments and executive sessions. The lull allows us to advocate for our bills while committees further deliberate. These bills include our analysis and recommendations. As a courtesy, we list additional bills, meetings, and events relevant to education issues. The House Finance Read More

ESA bill in House Finance Committee

The House Finance Committee is considering SB 193, the Education Savings Account bill, and we expect them to schedule a session soon to vote on it. We need people to write to the committee urging them to support this critical bill that empowers our most vulnerable children with educational opportunities. We’ve developed tips and information Read More

Needless Homeschool Regulation

The House Education Committee recently held a public hearing on HB 1263, a bill that would reinstate unnecessary annual reporting requirements for homeschool students. Representatives Hall was packed with homeschool supporters, overflowing the chamber and gallery, extending to the elevators. Only two people spoke in favor of the bill: one of the sponsors and the Read More

Schedule for Week of January 29, 2018

The beginning-of-the-year deluge is finally subsiding with only two major bills this week:  HB 1492 expands Manifest Educational Hardship to consider the impact on students; and HB 1650 removes education from the purview of DCYF. These bills include our analysis and recommendations. As a courtesy, we list additional bills, meetings, and events relevant to education Read More

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