This is week four of the legislative session and we’re in full stride now with several important bills scheduled for public hearings, executive sessions, and full House votes. Public hearings are the best chance to communicate with committee members and share your opinion. For the senate bills, sign the white sheet on a side table
In early 2016 the legislature passed HB 301, a bill that created a study committee to take a closer look at the state’s educational database called the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) and other databases that have student information. The first meeting was held on Wednesday, September 14th and the committee members are Rep. Glenn
This is part three in a series that will detail the 2016 legislation session. Like last year, this session had mixed results, and in many ways it was a tough year. However, we have a victory even here. Although several good bills failed, no bad bills passed. This is a major accomplishment. There are two
This is part two in a series that will detail the 2016 legislation session. Like last year, this session had mixed results, but the good news is that more parents and concerned citizens are engaged. This is how we win. We all can make a difference to engage with our children’s teachers and schools, encourage
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
Earlier today I had the opportunity to be on the Girard at Large radio show with guest host, Senator Kevin Avard. We discussed HB 1637, the school choice for small towns bill, aka the Croydon bill. Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed the bill a couple weeks ago although it could have helped more than a dozen
Another student privacy and parents’ rights bill — Senate Bill 320, relative to non-academic surveys — is on the Governor’s desk awaiting her signature. Please contact Governor Hassan urging her to allow this bill to pass into law. Her phone number is 603-271-2121. Her office may also be contacted through their website. Alternatively you can
House Bill 1301, the youth employment certificate bill is awaiting the Governor’s approval. It is challenging for teens to find employment, but New Hampshire law puts an unfair hurdle in place for non-public school students. The existing statute is intended to ensure that students under age 16 would not face academic hardships due to
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.
Today was a good day for school choice and parents’ rights! There were three education-related bills that we tracked in today’s double-header Senate and House sessions. All three will advance to the Governor’s desk! Below are brief summaries of all three bills. Please contact Governor Hassan urging her to allow them to pass into law.