Tag: Private Schools

Early 2020 Legislation

The 2020 legislative session opens on January 8th when the NH Senate and House of Representatives have their first sessions. They will vote on bills retained from 2019; see below for the list of bills we are following. Look for committee work to begin the second full week of January. OVERVIEW Bills retained from the Read More

Schedule for Week of May 13, 2019

The Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee will vote on all remaining legislation, including one school-choice related bill. This is a good opportunity to contact them with your thoughts on these important bills. The full Senate will vote on the Manifest Educational Hardship (MEH) bill on May 15th; this is the time to contact your Read More

Schedule for Week of April 29, 2019

Three school-choice bills will have executive sessions in the House Education Committee in the coming couple weeks. This is a good opportunity to contact these Representatives with your thoughts on these important bills. We are monitoring numerous bills this year and those include our analysis and commentary. Legislators’ contact information is at the end. With Read More

Schedule for Week of February 4, 2019

You are encouraged to attend the Save Our Scholarships public hearing on HB 632, the bill that intends to repeal the Education Tax Credit program. It will be on Tuesday, February 5th starting at 11:00am in room 202 of the Legislative Office Building. The hearing may be relocated to a larger room. More details about Read More

Schedule for Week of March 5, 2018

The legislature has its winter break this week and will resume the week of March 5. All of our bills have been exec’d in committees and several will likely have votes in the NH House of Representatives at their next session. Unfortunately, we had mixed results that show some Reps believe accountability is not to Read More

Accountability to Families or the State

Update on House Executive Sessions Several important school choice bills met their fate in House committees this week with executive sessions scheduled all day Tuesday and Wednesday. Unfortunately, we had mixed results that show some Reps believe accountability is not to families, but to the state. The entire New Hampshire House of Representatives will vote on Read More

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

Defining School Choice

What exactly is school choice? School Choice is a term used extensively in political, education policy, and advocate circles, but what does it mean? In the strictest sense it refers to the various educational institutions available to families, namely public, charter, private and religious schools. This is the most widely accepted definition across the country. Read More

Parents Can Sign Youth Employment Papers

In late June Governor Hassan signed HB 1301, a bill that allows parents, not just public school superintendents, to sign youth employment certificates for students under age 16. The new law went into effect as of August 23, 2016. Background Prior to the changes by HB 1301, RSA 276-A:5, a section of the Youth Employment Read More

Options for Small Towns

New Hampshire has numerous small towns that do not provide in-district education for their entire student population, and there is a rich variety of ways they provide educational options. The Granite Institute recently published a white paper about these various options, called How New Hampshire Provides Small Towns with Access to Schools. It is authored Read More

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