Category: Constitutional Issues

Expanding Educational Opportunities

All children – not only those from wealthy or well-connected families – need access to educational options that fit their individual needs. Children have one chance at their K-12 education, and they deserve the opportunity to have one that works for them. This Wednesday, November 8th, the House Education Committee will vote on the retained Read More

ESAs Create More Opportunities

Over the last several months we have continued to work on the Education Savings Account (ESA) bill, SB 193, which was retained by the House Education Committee. A subcommittee met multiple times and must present a decision to the entire committee by early November before the legislature resumes business in early 2018. Much like health Read More

Two Big Wins Today

Today has been an excellent day for school choice! The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the state’s tax-credit scholarship program may continue, resolving a three-year legal battle. This is the Institute for Justice’s sixth state supreme court win for school choice. This decision will ensure that 13,000 children can continue to use the scholarship Read More

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 recognizes that parents can direct their children’s education to select either a religious or secular Read More

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; it lies at the very heart of the Fourth Amendment.” — Justice Antonin Scalia   Read More

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 accountability to individual Representatives and Senators. For a fuller view of this year’s school choice Read More

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 and surprising wins, and we defeated the worst that threatened school choice. Unfortunately there were Read More

Governor Vetoes School Choice

Yesterday Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed House Bill 1637, the school choice for small towns bill, also known as the Croydon bill. The bill would have facilitated programs such as the one in Croydon that enables small school districts to tuition out students of any grade level if it is not available within their resident district. Read More

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 email her staff, Amberlee Barbagallo, executive assistant, at amberlee.barbagallo@nh.gov or Pamela Walsh, her Chief of Read More

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 recent bills. Even the fiscal note on the bill says it “may increase local expenditures by Read More

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