Another Strike Against the Blaine Amendment

On Friday afternoon right before the holiday weekend, the Institute for Justice declared another major victory for school choice. They represented several Montana families against the state Department of Revenue in a case involving a tax-credit scholarship program. This win Continue reading Another Strike Against the Blaine Amendment

Students – Check Your Rights at the Schoolhouse Steps

“The Fourth Amendment forbids searching a person for evidence of a crime when there is no basis for believing the person is guilty of the crime or is in possession of incriminating evidence. That prohibition is categorical and without exception; Continue reading Students – Check Your Rights at the Schoolhouse Steps

2016 Report Card

We are pleased to publish our first annual Legislator Report Card! Grades are based on the session’s school choice bills with roll calls. We followed and reported on many more bills throughout the year, but only roll calls provide direct Continue reading 2016 Report Card

2016 Legislation Highlights

This year was again a mixed-bag. Victories can be passing good bills into law, but as equally important, they can be defeating the bad ones. We had a couple important bills that were vetoed by the Governor, a few tough Continue reading 2016 Legislation Highlights

New Hope for HB 1637

Update 6/8/16:  The bill is officially enrolled and on Governor Hassan’s desk! Please contact Gov. Hassan urging her to allow it to pass into law. Her phone number is (603) 271-2121. Her office may also be contacted through their website. Alternatively you can Continue reading New Hope for HB 1637

Stop the Runaway Bill, SB 369

The Senate Education Committee fast-tracked a bill, SB 369, that would mandate drug and alcohol education for Kindergarten through grade 12 as part of health classes. This is yet another unfunded mandate and against local control, like so many other Continue reading Stop the Runaway Bill, SB 369

Retained Bills Returning in 2016

Several important education bills were retained from the previous legislative session and will be among the first order of business when the 2016 session opens in early January. It is important to contact your House Representatives and Senators over the Continue reading Retained Bills Returning in 2016

Education Bills Special Ordered to May 14th — It’s Working!

We are down to the biggest, most important education bills of the year. We are hearing very encouraging news from the senate on the remaining bills. They are “special ordering” them to next week, Thursday, May 14th in order to Continue reading Education Bills Special Ordered to May 14th — It’s Working!

Talking About HB 323, the NCLB Waiver Bill on Local Radio

On Monday, Doris Hohensee of NH Families for Education joined me on the Girard at Large radio show to talk about HB 323, the No Child Left Behind waiver bill. The host, Richard Girard, gave a nice intro in segment Continue reading Talking About HB 323, the NCLB Waiver Bill on Local Radio