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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Pamela Walsh, her Chief of
We have been carefully tracking the progress of House Bill 1637, the school choice for small towns bill. The bill’s intention is to facilitate 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. It would
The following is the legislative schedule for the week of May 9, 2016. Fewer bills are still in play, but they’re big ones. Please contact your legislators about these critical bills. Brief, polite calls and emails are effective; mention if you are a constituent. All contact information is at the end of this post.
House Bill 1637, the school choice for small towns bill, was corrupted by the Senate with amendment #1736s which would require private schools to adopt Common Core and administer the aligned statewide assessments. This would harm private schools with existing tuition agreements with public school districts as well as the Croydon school choice program and
Earlier today the senate made a disastrous decision to adopt floor amendment #1736s for House Bill 1637, the bill that supports school choice for small towns. The amendment is the horrible one originally written by Rep. James Grenier and the Department of Education. It was discussed at the Senate Education Committee’s public hearing back on
The following is the legislative schedule for the week of May 2, 2016. As the legislation session starts to wind down, only a handful of bills remain, but typically they are some of the most important ones. Please contact your legislators about these critical bills; they are marked with asterisks. Brief, polite calls and emails
The following is the legislative schedule for the week of April 25, 2016. Although there are only a handful of bills this week, a few are of particular importance and marked with asterisks. Brief, polite calls and emails are effective; mention if you are a constituent. All contact information is at the end of this
The highly respected Cato Institute published an overview of the Croydon school choice program, their legal battle, and HB 1637’s current fight in the senate. Mr. Jason Bedrick, policy analyst and former NH Representative, cautions that legislation should avoid discrimination against religious schools, and cites a recent Institute for Justice win in Colorado. The NH
On April 19th the Senate Education Committee voted on HB 1637, the school choice for small towns bill, that was inspired by the Croydon program and legal battle with the state Department of Education and Attorney General. This was the committee’s opportunity to evaluate and make a recommendation following the public hearing on April 12th.